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Published on Mon, Apr-04-2011 by Michaellee

Create A Simple Retro Photo Manipulation Using Photoshop


In this tutorial I will teach you how to create a simple retro Photo manipulation using Photoshop. You will learn how to use different brushes settings to fill out your canvas with nice random brush and some basics about Blending modes using different stock images. Following the steps of this tutorial you will easily learn how to use different tools and tips to create good effects. This is my first tutorial and I hope you will enjoy and learn something from it!

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Create A Simple Retro Photo manipulation

Stocks Used:

Step 1

Open a new document on Photoshop 500 pixels width 600 pixels height and 300dpi with white background color.

Retro Photomanipulation

Open the Stock Image and drag then fit it into your canvas. You don’t have to cut or render the stock because in this composition I have used it as is.

Retro Photomanipulation

After placing the stock into your canvas the next step will be putting some Vector Brush (vector sun ray brush). I have selected the ray that looks like the sun ray and changed the Master Diameter of the brush into 650px. Create a new layer and brush it into the middle of the canvas.

Retro Photomanipulation

Retro Photomanipulation

Using the same layer with the brush that you have made, add a layer mask.

Retro Photomanipulation

Retro Photomanipulation

And then select the gradient tool (G)

Retro Photomanipulation

Drag the gradient tool into the middle of the brush going to the right end of the canvas (repeat this until you get the desired outcome) and then change the Blending Mode into Screen.

Retro Photomanipulation

Step 2

The next step will make the composition an old look, to make this I have used a white rose image that will give it the old look. To do this here open the Flower Image and then drag it to the canvas and change the blending mode into Overlay.

Retro Photomanipulation

Change the position of the flower until you get this result.

Create an New Layer and select the Cloud Brush and brush some cloud at the upper of the canvas and erase the unwanted parts until you get this result.

Retro Photomanipulation

In this next step we will be using again a new stock which is a image of a tower. Again open the Tower Image and drag it into the canvas and position it into the lower part and erase the middle part of the added image (image with a tower) which is the part of the model. After erasing change the Blending Mode of into Overlay.

Retro Photomanipulation

In this next step we will add more grungy and old look, to do this I have selected a texture of the wall which I used to get the desire old look. Open the Texture Image and drag it into the canvas and change the blending mode into Soft Light. Again erase the part in which the model is placed to make the model more clear and visible.

Retro Photomanipulation

Step 3

Now we will add some lighting effects in the models hand, to do this we will use a soft brush, select the brush too (B) and select the round brush with a Master Diameter of 100px and set the Hardness to 0%. Create a New Layer and apply the brush into the hand of the model and change the Blending Mode into Linear Dodge.

Retro Photomanipulation

Retro Photomanipulation

We will add more elements in our composition, the next stop we will some C4D. Again open the C4D and drag it into the canvas, position it into the bottom part of the composition and change the Blending mode of the C4D into Overlay.

Retro Photomanipulation

Step 4

In this next step we will add some line streak lightings to add better look into our composition. To do this first you have to create a new layer and select the Marquee Tool.

Retro Photomanipulation

After creating a selection, select the Brush Tool(B) and select the soft round brush with Master Diameter of 300px and Hardness 0%.

Retro Photomanipulation

In the selection brush the tip of the Soft Round Brush to get the faded part only of the brush.

Retro Photomanipulation

The result will be something like this:

Retro Photomanipulation

Resize the layer make it thinner to get this result.

Retro Photomanipulation

This is how to create the line streak lightings I only made it into a new document to make it clear/visible and easy to follow. Here is the result after placing it into the canvas (duplicate and rotating) and changing the Blending Mode into Overlay.

Retro Photomanipulation

Step 5

We will add more elements in the composition; in this step we will add Sun Flower Image. Again we open the Sun Flower Image and drag it into the canvas.

Put the sun flower into the left part of the models head and erase the part that covers the model.

Retro Photomanipulation

After erasing and change the Blending Mode of the Sun flower into Luminousity

Retro Photomanipulation

We will do it again but now put it in front of models stomach.

Retro Photomanipulation

Step 6

In this next step we will make a customized lines, to do this create a New Layer and select the Pen Tool (P) and create a path.

Retro Photomanipulation

Retro Photomanipulation

After creating a path select the Brush Tool (B) and select the Master Diameter 1px and Hardness 100% after doing this Select again the Pen Tool (P), right click and stroke path.

Retro Photomanipulation

Retro Photomanipulation

Select brush and uncheck the Stimulate Pressure.

Retro Photomanipulation

Do these until you have this result, again erase the unwanted parts.

Retro Photomanipulation

Added Female Dancing Brush, Create a new layer and brush it in the lines that we made.

Retro Photomanipulation

The same brush Diameter and Hardness the we used in the stroke lines we will create a random brush. Create a New Layer and brush it freely at the back of the model and erase the unwanted parts then change the Blending mode into Overlay.

Retro Photomanipulation

After erasing and changing the blending mode.

Retro Photomanipulation

Do it again in the front of the model.

Retro Photomanipulation

Step 7

Adding a Lightning Brush into the models hand. Create a New Layer and apply the lightning brush into the models hand add more lighting effect.

Retro Photomanipulation

Adding a random Round Soft Brush into the composition to add more elements and to create more lighting effects.

Create a New Layer and change the settings of our Brush. Set Brush Color into White. Set the Brush Diameter to 10px. Hardness to 100%. The spacing into 250.

Retro Photomanipulation

Check the Shape Dynamics, Change the Size Jitter into 100%, Angle Jitter into 70%, Roundness Jitter 100%, Minimum Roundness 25%

Retro Photomanipulation

Change the settings of the Scattering, Scatter 825%, Count to1 and Count Jitter to 12%

Retro Photomanipulation

Brush it into the new layer and create a layer style add a Outer Glow and use this settings.

Retro Photomanipulation

Here is the result of the brush stroke:

Retro Photomanipulation

Repeat the step 16 but now we are using the Musical Note Brushes. Create a New Layer and brush the Musical Notes.

Retro Photomanipulation

Step 8

In this step we will add layer adjustments, go to the first layer in the top and select it. Now add a new layer adjustment and select Gradient Map and Select the black and white gradient then press OK. Change the blend mode of the adjustment to Luminosity and Opacity to 60%

Retro Photomanipulation

Add new adjustment again, Photo Filter and use this settings and change Blend Mode to Luminosity and Opacity 50%

Retro Photomanipulation

Layer Adjustment again, Hue/Saturation

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Final Result: Retro Photomanipulation

Retro Photomanipulation

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21 Responses

  • Daniel say:

    O.O amazing tutorial !!! thanks!!

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  • Monika say:

    Hello Patricio

    I wanted to start with your great tutorial. But the link to all the brushes, despite the one with the music notes do not work. Can you help me on that?

    Thanks and best regards
    Monika

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  • Dainis say:

    Hi, Monika. Can you please check again all links. You can try right click and save as option. I checked all links and all works fine.

    3
  • Monika say:

    Hi Dainis,
    I checked again with right click and it worked perfectly. Thanks a lot for your fast help!
    Have a great day
    Monika

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  • white say:

    this cool

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  • bep ga say:

    or! maybe I should learn more from you ….

    6
  • illustratorcs6 say:

    VERY cool…

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  • illustratorcs6 say:

    great tutorial. i learned some new for me. thank you for your work.

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  • marko say:

    very nice tutorial thank you, I came out as following your step by step resources

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  • dayna say:

    VERY COOL tutorial!!!!!!!!!

    i did the tutorial by my self but

    i want to do it with my personal pic

    I’m facing problem with the basic pic .

    when i do it black and white on my personal pic ,the pic look very bad .

    Can some one help me please??

    Can some one help me

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  • DeMoN say:

    Great tutorial! Thank you very much! :)

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  • Lenie say:

    WoW what a cool tutorial
    I would like to make the tut but if I will download the brushes (most of them) I get a lot of numbers, maby it’s nog for a Mac?
    I work with Photoshopcs4…..
    Can somebody help me to get the right brushes?
    Thank you.
    I’m from the Netherlands

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  • Baking games say:

    It is interesting to merge tutorial your photo, a pleasant experience for me, hope to see the photoshop or other tips from you

    Wishing success

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  • Game flash say:

    With Post and share in handling Photoshop will help improve the skills of graphics professionals. I love Photoshop and also expect to receive from your many posts or more, may you have many joys in life

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  • futagoza23 say:

    i love u’r tutorial.. its simple but great..

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  • darrin say:

    great tutorial but cant seem to find the “tower” stock image anywhere. if anyone can point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated! thank you!

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  • Roberth Mh say:

    Muy practico, interesante y sencillo de aplicar! gracias y esperamos mas (y)

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