Add a retro effect to Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create 2 beautiful retro styles using adjustment layers, a brush and a texture.

Final result

Source materials:

Effect i

Step 1

Open the source image that you will work with. Using tool Frame (With the Crop Tool (C), remove unwanted parts of the image that are not in focus. I’m going to remove the right edge of this photo:

Step 2

Duplicate the layer with the original image (Ctrl + J). On the duplicate layer, right-click on the layer and in the window that appears, select the option Convert to Smart Object (Convert to Smart Object). Next, go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Apply a blur radius of 4 px:

Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B). Being on the mask Smart Filter (Smart Filter Mask), using a soft black brush, hide the blur effect, as shown in the screenshot below:

This action aims to add a depth of field to the image.

Step 3

Next, add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) to change the color of the image. Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Curves):

Step four

Next, add a new fill layer. Colour(Color Fill), let’s go Layer – New layer-fill – Colour(Layer> New Fill Layer> Solid Color):

Change the blending mode for this filled layer to Soft light (Soft Light), and also reduce the opacity of the layer to 30%:

Step 5

Create a new layer on top of all other layers in the layers palette (Ctrl + Shift + N). Using a soft brush, brush color # 4581b0, paint over the left corner of the image. Change the blending mode for this layer to Hard light (Hard Light), layer opacity 100%:

Step 6

Create a new layer. Using a soft brush, brush color # f38a8a, paint over the top right corner of the image. Change the blending mode for this layer to Hard light (Hard Light), layer opacity 100%:

Step 7

To create a rich color effect, create another new layer. Using a soft brush, brush color # 598926, paint over the top left (door area). Change the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft Light), layer opacity 100%:

I called the layers that were created in Steps 5, 6, 7 “color correction 1? … “Color correction 3 ?.

Step 8

Next, add an adjustment layer. Selective color correction (Selective color). Apply the following settings for Red(Reds) colors:

Switch to the layer mask of this adjustment layer and using a soft black brush with a very low opacity (10-15%), hide the effect in the upper right part of the image:

Step 9

Next, add an adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) to lighten the upper right part of the image:

Using a soft black brush, hide the correction layer correction on the layer mask, as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 10

Move the Bokeh texture to our working paper, placing the texture on top of all other layers in the layers palette. Change the blending mode for the texture layer to Lightening (Screen), and also reduce the opacity of the layer to 50%:

To the layer with the Bokeh texture, add a layer mask and using a soft black brush, hide the Bokeh effect on the areas that are shown in the screenshot below:

To make the bokeh effect look more gentle, apply a filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur filter), blur radius 6px:

We got the first result:

Group all adjustment layers and color correction layers. Name this group “Result 1 ?. Turn off the visibility of this group and continue to work on the next effect.

Effect II

Step 11

So add a correction layer. Gradient Map (Gradient Map) over the group “Result 1 ?:

Reduce the opacity of this adjustment layer to 20%:

Step 12

Add adjustment layer Color Balance (Color Balance) to add a bit of contrast to the image:

Change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light), 100%:

Step 13

Next, add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) to change the color of the image and get a beautiful retro effect:

Step 14

Add a fill layer Colour (Color Fill) on top of all layers:

Change the blending mode to An exception (Exclusion), and also reduce the opacity of the layer to 30%:

Step 15

To change the contrast of the image, add a fill layer. Gradient (Gradient Fill), let’s go Layer – New Fill Layer – Gradient (Layer> New Fill Layer> Gradient):

Change the blending mode for the filled layer to Soft light (Soft Light), 100%, then go to the layer mask of this layer with the fill and use a soft black brush to hide the effect in the girl’s area, because I decided to keep the focus:

Step sixteen

Final step (selective): To add a sense of antiquity to the image, create a new layer on top of all other layers, change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay), 100%, and also fill with 50% gray:

Convert this layer to a Smart Object, and then go Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise). You can set the noise value to your liking to get the effect you want.

We have completed the lesson! Hope you like it.

Final result

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