The arrival of Photoshop dawned new prospects in the art of photography. Stuff that was considered outrageously dreamy is now easily possible in photography. Photoshop added more spice to photographs and made them serene in some other cases. We are now able to express our likings on our photographs by adding our touch to them with the help of Photoshop.
The retro effect in Photoshop is one of those actions that make our photographs look magically wonderful and adds a quality of difference in the photograph. In this article we will learn how to create retro effects in Photoshop by using simple steps as follows:
- The first step, as always, is to upload the image into Photoshop. Now everyone is familiar with the fact that retro images are slightly reddish in appearance. For this, the amount of red colour in the image is increased. For this, click on Layer>New adjustment Layer>Curves. Now change the colour to ‘red’ and adjust the curve as shown in the image below:
- This step also involves creating a new curve adjustment layer. Proceed to the previous step to change the colour to blue.
- Retro images have a larger amount of magenta colour in them. So the next step is to add solid to the image. For this, Click on Layer>New adjustment Layer>Solid colour and name the colour code as #ff00ff and click OK.
- Now after doing this, change the blend mode of Solid Colour Adjustment Layer to Soft Light and reduce the opacity percentage to about 27.
- The next step is to create a new layer by pressing the shortcut Ctrl + Shift + N/Cmd + shift + N. Once this layer is created, then paste the second stock image lomo light effect on the layer as shown in the image below.
- Now change the blend mode again to Screen and reduce the Opacity to a percentage of 22.
- Now click on Layer>New adjustment Layer>Vibrance and set the Vibrance to about -23%. This will reduce the amount of vividness present in the image.
- Now in the final step of the procedure, we will add a white border to the image. To do this, Click on Image>Canvas size. The boxes should be filled as per the image below and click OK. This will increase the size of the canvas of Image by about 10% on each side and simultaneously add a white border to the image.
- To make the white border even, go to the tool panel and click on Crop Tool and crop the image to make the border even. Now Press enter/Return.
And now the process to create a retro effect in Photoshop is successfully complete. The above steps are very simple and once practised thoroughly, will be a child’s play even for beginners or someone relatively new to Photoshop.