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Published on Sat, Dec-12-2009 by Dainis

Retro Style illustration in Photoshop


In this photoshop tutorial we will show you how to create retro style illustration effect in Photoshop. Mainly we will work with lights and colors. As you can see from preview image, we will get really cool result. So if you want learn some color and light techniques, go ahead and read more this tutorial. In this tutorial we will use large amount of Photoshop tools and resources, so I think you will learn some new photoshop tips.

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Final Image Preview

retro style illustration

Step 1

First of all create a new document. Image size: 2480 by 3508 pix and 300 dpi. Name it Retro Stile poster.
Open the Texture, drag it to Retro Stile poster:

retro style illustration

Make a new layer over and fill it with #a8b9b8:

retro style illustration

Change Blending Mode to Color; merge layers (ctrl + E).

retro style illustration

Step 2

Open file with Girl. I used Pen Tool (P), then make selection as shown below:

retro style illustration

retro style illustration

Extract the girl into your document. Transform her and place as shown:

retro style illustration

Copy layer with the girl two times:

retro style illustration

Step 3

Now make layer Girl invisible, select layer Girl copy2, go to Filter>Other>High Pass:

retro style illustration

Change Blending Mode to Color. Merge with layer Girl copy (Ctrl + E). Apply High Pass one more:

retro style illustration

Than go to Filter> Blur > Gaussian Blur, radius about 2, 3 pixels. Using Lasso Tool select her eyes as shown below and press Delete.

retro style illustration

Go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask:

retro style illustration

Change Blending Mode to Overlay, Opacity 74%. Merge with layer Girl:

retro style illustration

Step 4

Copy layer Girl two times and place as shown below:

retro style illustration

Now we need to draw some elements. I used Pen Tool (P) and draw all elements on separate layer, fill with black, than merge all layers with elements and name the layer Pieces. Make selection as shown:

retro style illustration

Select the layer with girl and press Delete. Make layer Pieces invisible. And now we need to apply Hue/Saturation (Ctrl + U) as shown below:

retro style illustration

It must be look like here:

retro style illustration

Step 5

Select layer Girl Copy. I used Smudge Tool (R) and make her hires more dynamic:

retro style illustration

retro style illustration

The next used Blur Tool, as shown on the screenshot below:

retro style illustration

retro style illustration

Now the girl looks more dynamic and really ready to start:

retro style illustration

Create a new layer over, and add some splatters:

retro style illustration

Select the splatters (Ctrl + Click over icon in the pallet of layers) make a new layer via cut (Shift +Ctrl +J). Transform the layer as shown on the screenshot:

retro style illustration

Now create a new layer over and add some white splatters as shown:

retro style illustration

Make layer Girl Copy and Splatters invisible.

Step 6

Make layer Girl visible. Using Lasso Tool select the girl as shown below:

retro style illustration

Delete selected part. Create a new layer over and add splatters as shown on the screenshot below.
You may experiment with brush size; angle, opacity. I changed a bright Green color, because it’s more visible on the girl and background. Now she looks rather strange:

retro style illustration

Select Splatters (Ctrl + Click over icon in the pallet of layers), than select layer Girl, and press Delete. The next Delete the layer with green splatters.

Step 7

Now make all layers visible. You need transform and place layer Pieces as shown on the screenshot:

retro style illustration

The pallet of layers must look like this:

retro style illustration

Select layer Pieces and apply Hue/saturation (Ctrl + U):

retro style illustration

The next you need to apply some layer styles:

retro style illustration

Set color of Shadow for Bevel and Emboss #025053

retro style illustration

Set color of effect for Satin #d9e8e9

retro style illustration

Go to Filter> Blur>Gaussian Blur:

retro style illustration

Now the Poster must look like here:

retro style illustration

Step 8

Crate a new layer over, using Pen Tool (P) draw a stripe as shown:

retro style illustration

Make selection, and take rather big soft brush paint the stripe as shown below:

retro style illustration

retro style illustration

Make all stripes on separate layers and place them as shown on the screenshot:

retro style illustration

Add some colorful stripes over:

retro style illustration

Step 9

Create a new layer over layer Pieces, name it Stars, and apply white Diamond Gradients:

retro style illustration

retro style illustration

Create a new layer over layer Girl and apply black Radial Gradient as shown:

retro style illustration

retro style illustration

retro style illustration

Step 10

First of all create a new layer over layer Splatters, name it Texture Overlay and add some elements from Midnight City pack, I used color #e0faf5 for the texture. Change Blending Mode to Overlay. Create a new layer over Radial Gradient and add Strips from the same pack of brushes:

retro style illustration

Step 11

At last I add some elements and more splatters over:

retro style illustration

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