Retro style effect in Photoshop

To create bright, eye-catching images often do not need to spend a lot of time or effort. In this tutorial, James White will show you how to give a great model snapshot, kindly provided by the ThinkStock.com website, with a retro-style effect.

You will practice working with the layers panel and get useful tips on using masks, blending modes (Blending Modes) and the Hue / Saturation commands. You will also learn how layers interact when they overlap in a certain way, and how adding a separate color can enhance the overall effect on a photo.

Do not be afraid to experiment, try various options for working with Photoshop teams to achieve unpredictable results.

  1. Estimated work time: 3 hours
  2. Software: Photoshop (Adobe Photoshop)
  3. Files for work can be downloaded here – Archive

Step 1

First, let’s take a look at a few sketches to get a general idea and get an idea of ​​what awaits us at the end. When you start working in Photoshop, these sketches will help you set the desired course. I presented the last two images as an inspiring example regarding the required style and shape.

Step 2

Download and open the jw_lady.jpg file. Using the tool “Clone stamp” (Clone Stamp) with a soft brush, paint over a necklace, individual hairs and other obvious defects on the model’s neck. Try to keep your skin tone natural and watch for highlights and shadows, so that the use of a stamp is imperceptible.

Step 3

Using the tool “Polygonal Lasso” (Polygonal Lasso), select the head and part of the neck and click on the icon layer masks (Layer Mask) on the layers panel to eliminate the background. After converting the selection to a layer mask, you can use the tool “Brush” (Brush) to round and adjust the mask borders, if necessary.

Step 4

Making a selection in the previous step, open the command dialog “Hue / Saturation” (Hue / Saturation) and move the “Hue” slider to 187, and the “Saturation” slider to value 9. These actions will eliminate all natural colors and leave only blue tint. Then, to add contrast, open the command dialog. “Levels” (Levels) and move the black slider to 21, and the white to 247.

Step 5

Now we need to add some softness to the skin of the model. Make a copy of the top layer, then refer to the menu bar “Filter” (Filter) and select “Gaussian blur” (Gaussian Blur). Set the blur radius to 4.7 pixels for the new layer, then lower its Opacity to 51%. You may need to selectively mask certain areas to preserve their sharpness, for example, the area on the face where the sunglasses are located.

Step 6

Create three new layers. On the first two layers, using the tool “Brush” (Brush) with the choice of a hard brush, add a few strokes behind the model’s head near the neck. Make the third layer active and use the tool “Polygonal Lasso”(Polygonal Lasso) round and edit all the places where the photo was unnecessarily cropped.

Step 7

Create a new layer and change the blending mode to “Multiplication” (Multiply). Choose a tool “Polygonal Lasso” (Polygonal Lasso) and highlight the lip area, skipping the teeth. Then fill the selected area with pink color to add a bright color spot on the face.

Step 8

Create a new layer. Highlight with the tool “Polygonal Lasso” sunglasses and fill them with black. For more beauty, I added fine star dust to the glasses’ glasses.

Step 9

To enhance the effect of star dust on the glasses, I added another layer of stars and gave them a blue tint using the command dialog “Hue / Saturation” (Hue / Saturation). To create this effect, you will need an image of stars that you can easily find on the Internet.

Step 10

To create tears similar to mercury drops, I used a picture with water drops, giving them a black and white color using the command “Hue / Saturation” (Hue / Saturation). Then I worked with the command dialog. “Levels” (Levels) to enhance contrast.

Using tool “Polygonal Lasso” (Polygonal Lasso) select the drops and click on the Layer Mask icon to eliminate the background. To add volume to the drops, apply an effect to the layer. “Drop the Shadow” (Drop Shadow), which will be barely visible.

Step 11

Create a new layer and using the tool “Brush” (Brush), add bright colors to the tips of the drops. After adding colored spots, change the blending mode to “Overlap” (Overlay) and lower the Opacity to 60%

Step 12

Find several images with a light source. These can be photos of street lamps or a solar eclipse. Move them to our image, change the blending mode to “Screen” (Screen), work with the levels to eliminate the background and use masks if necessary.

Step 13

Create two new layers. At first, change the blending mode to “Screen” (Screen) and reduce the opacity to 46%. Use the tool “Brush” (Brush) to add a bit of muted color to the back of the model’s neck — for example, pink or blue. Then on the second layer using the tool “Gradient”(Gradient) apply a fill to the entire image with the transition from blue to pink. Change the blending mode to “Overlap” (Overlay) and lower the Opacity to 22%

Step 14

In the layers panel, create a new folder and add a new layer to it. Using the tool “Rectangle” (Rectangle), draw a blue rectangle that passes over the model’s face. Make a copy of this layer, check the box “Block transparent dots” (Lock Transparent Pixels) on the layers panel and fill the new rectangle with pink. Select both layers and rotate them using the command “Transform” (Transform). To remove stripes from the face of the model, add a layer mask for the folder.

Step 15

Find a picture with a sandy texture with good contrast and move it to your work to create the background and complete the image. Use the Hue / Saturation command to remove extra colors and the “Levels” (Levels) – to add contrast.

Step 16

Change the blend mode for the texture layer to “Overlap” (Overlay) and reduce the opacity to 73%. Then move this layer to the bottom of the layers panel so that it is immediately above the background layer.

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