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50 Incredible Vintage and Retro Photoshop Tutorials

Do you love 1900’s all the way to 1980’s style or forget about  these vintage years even you’re in 2000’s? Nostalgic and old-fashioned look and feel in your design is one way to create the vintage and retro–inspired designs that you wanted. Mixtures of rich colors, grunge elements and various textures will make the perfect vintage and retro design for you.

In this post, I’ll be presenting 50 incredible vintage and retro photoshop tutorials for 2010.

1. Create a Funky Retro Wavy Text Effect in Photoshop

We are going to create a retro-colored psychedelic background, which we are then going to apply to some text. The purpose of this tutorial is to learn how to mask out an image so that it just shows through the editable text, making it friendlier to modifications later on. We will also work with layering textures to create a grungy retro background.


2. Make a Retro-Space Typography Poster with Colorful Lights

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a stunning and high-impact retro-style typography poster that’s out of this world.


3. Design a Retro Styled Poster

Learn how to combine patterns, textures and typography to create a retro styled poster. You will also learn how to manipulate shapes and images, in addition to integrating blending options and layer masking.


4. How To Create a Retro Apple Wallpaper in Photoshop

Follow these simple steps in Photoshop to create an homage to Apple, combining the retro striped Apple logo with a range of soft grungy textures to produce a detailed design with subtle touches of colour and tone.


5. Design a Colorful Retro Futuristic Poster in Photoshop

The theme of retro futurism combines digitally created graphics and abstract shapes with distressed and aged textures, giving that cool mix of old and new. Let’s take a look at how to create our own bright and colourful retro futuristic poster in Photoshop, using dynamic lines, vibrant gradients and rough textures to build up the design layer after layer.


6. Design a Retro Summer Poster Illustration

This tutorial will cover some really cool illustration techniques, exploring Photoshop’s vector capabilities as well as playing with textures and selection methods.


7. Create a Mock-Retro Poster Concept

This tutorial will teach you how to design a mock-retro poster. Learn how to manipulate photos and achieve a grungy, textured look.


8. Super Cool Retro Poster in 10 Steps in Photoshop

So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a very cool poster in just 10 steps. We will use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, but you may use other tools


9. Design a Retro Futurism Space Scene

Learn how to design a retro-futuristic space scene, using a variety of lighting effects and photo manipulation.


10. Create a retro grunge typographic poster in Photoshop

After so many days of inspirational article writing, I have come up with another of my typographic tutorials. I was searching for some inspiration in deviant art and balance when I stumbled upon a rather, good-looking typographic art.


How to Create a Retro 3D Metal Design – $4

This one is very retro, I remember seeing similar game covers when I was younger.

11. Retro Wallpaper Photoshop Tutorial

Get inspired by this great looking retro poster in this great Photoshop tutorial thanks to UBL Tuts.


12. Create a Stunning Retro Futuristic Typography

In this tutorial, we will learn some really cool techniques to help us achieve a few aspects of Retro Futurism. We will be learning a lot of concepts, tips and tricks in Illustrator. We all also learn how to add the futuristic look using Photoshop.


13. How to Make a Worn Vintage Beach Ad in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a worn out, low-saturation-colored vintage beach ad in Photoshop. We’ll use some beginner to intermediate level techniques such as the usage of brushes, editing colors, using filters, masking and a whole lot more!


14. Tutorial: Create A Retro Cosmic Design in Photoshop

This tutorial will teach you how to recreate the Retro Cosmic designs made popular by James White of Signalnoise. All you need is a copy of Photoshop and some time on your hands. In this particular example we’re going to create a retro cosmic rainbow but the techniques explained can be used in combination with any shape and colour.


15. Create A Retro Typography Design

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a retro typography design, you will learn the basics of typography and shape making in Photoshop CS3


16. How To Create a Retro Grunge Apple Wallpaper in 5 Easy Steps in Photoshop

In this tutorial I will show you how to create, a retro grunge Apple wallpaper, in Photoshop, just by following this 5 simple and easy steps. We will be combining Apple stripe logo with nice grunge texture and grunge brushes to create this beautiful wallpaper.


17. Creating the new retro

The two keys to this tutorial are to experiment and to have fun. There is no single, linear way to achieve this composition when so many variables are at work, so each small alteration can throw other elements into flux. I will offer you some guidelines and pointers, but it will ultimately be up to you.


18. Retro Modernist Poster Design with 3D Typography

In this tutorial, you’re going to learn how to create a vintage, retro-modernist poster in Photoshop. You’ll also learn some vintage coloring techniques, retro photo effects, and some cool 3d typographic effects. You’ll also need Adobe Illustrator to create vector paths that will then be imported into 3ds max. This won’t be a typical step by step tutorial, but more of a walk through of how I created this poster for a real client.


19. Create a Retro Design Poster in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a retro style poster. This is not an advance tutorial but you should have basic knowledge of Photoshop.


20. Create a Texture Based Vintage TV Poster in Photoshop

This tutorial will teach you how to create a Texture Based Vintage TV Poster using some paper and grunge textures. You’ll also learn some new tricks using the Wave and Motion Blur Filters.


How to Create Cool Retro Graphics – $5

A very comprehensive tutorial that has more than a hundred steps to follow. After going through this tutorial you will surely be a master in retro designing.

21. Create an Abstract Retro-Pop Wallpaper

this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a beautiful, vibrant, Retro-Pop abstract wallpaper. You’ll also learn how to add some wonderful texture to your designs and make some abstract shapes!


22. Amazing Retro Rainbow Curves

this tutorial, I’ll show you how to design some amazing vector based Retro Rainbow Curves using Adobe Photoshop. These retro artifacts have become a popular trend in modern design!


23. Design a Stylish Retro Game Boy Poster in Photoshop

This tutorial will walk you through the process of creating a vector Nintendo Gameboy in Illustrator and then using it to produce a cool retro poster in Photoshop.


24. Creating a Space-Helmeted Future Retro Illustration

I’m going to call it Future Retro for the sake of this tutorial.


25. How to Create a Retro Boxing Poster in Photoshop

Creating a retrograde look is nothing new, but there are some things to keep an eye out for when mimicking Graphic Design from any decades past. We’ll be drawing inspiration from Poster Design from the 1960s, particularly Boxing Posters from that era. Let’s get started!


26. Creating an Awesome Retro Collage

In this complex and long tutorial, we will be making this abstract photo collage. Lots of images are used with exciting effects. Along the way, you will be using different blend modes, filters and some advanced adjustment layer techniques.


27. Retro Geometric Vectors in Space with Illustrator and Photoshop

In this tutorial I will show you how to create an abstract image for a poster using Illustrator and Photoshop. We will do all the vectors and shades in Illustrator then in Photoshop we’ll give to the image a nice retro style using some textures and brushes.


28. Create a Retro Pop Art in Photoshop

We will be using Keeley Hazell image again for this Retro Pop Art tutorial.


29. Create a Retro Photo and Background

In this tutorial we are going to take a regular, boring photo and liven it up using with some effects to give it more of a retro feel to it. We are then going to take the photo and create a background for it to lie on.


30. Creating A Retro Grunge Poster

This tutorial is an ad on from the Poster article the other day, we will create a Retro/Grunge style poster using the pen tool some textures and playing with text to make it look more retro.


Making of “Robot Earth 3009″ Type Illustration – $3

If you seriously want to create something similar to the image below then this is for you. As the description page goes:

“This Advanced tutorial will take approximately 3-4 hours to complete. You’ll need to get out your mechanical pencil and sketchbook, as well as open up Adobe Illustrator CS4 and Adobe Photoshop CS4 .”

Very comprehensive tutorial, not only using Adobe products but it also encourages people to draw using traditional methods!

31. Craft a Vintage Fifties Letter

In this tutorial, I go over how to create a fifties love letter with stamps, bent corner, and a retro border using the brush engine, rectangle tool, layer styles, blend modes, and several intermediate techniques that are sure to propel you skills to the next level.


32. Creating A Cool Vintage Collage Design In Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a retro-style design or vintage collage style. We will use images from old ads, handwritten texts, patterns, and other things to give to our design a vintage look.


33. How to Design a Rockin’ 80’s Party Poster

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to design a poster for an 80′s anthem party. Throughout this tutorial, we’ll create some textures for background, manipulate a photo to give it a stylish look, and make some color variations. Let’s jump into this super rad tutorial.


34. Hot Chick on a Muscle Car

In this tutorial we’ll fuse an image of a Muscle Car and an image of a Hot Chick into one cool retro postcard design. Learn some brush, texture, and layer techniques to create a classic image everyone wants to get ahold of.


35. Gigposter Design: The New Sex

So we’re going to make a gig poster! Subject matter: Deftones and The Fall of Troy in Cleveland, Ohio at the House of Blues on May 30th.


36. Photoshop Serigraphs

Serigraphs are silkscreen prints that, in the hands of artists such as Andy Warhol, Michael Schwab and Antonio Reboiro, can be exciting, colorful, high-contrast images. We’ll use Photoshop to create a serigraph-like look to a photograph.


37. Super Retro Game Cartridge Design

in this tutorial I will show you how to create a very easy, but really cool, 3D and geometric effect in Photoshop. After that, we will go a bit further and create our own retro Atari-style video game cartridge.


38. Mix Cool Retro Curves Into Your Photographs

In this tutorial, I show you how to mix cool retro geometric shapes into your photos.


39. Retro SunFlower Design

In this tutorial we’ll learn how to create a retro sunflower poster in Photoshop. We’ll use custom brushes, multiple images, different blending modes and applying different Photoshop techniques.


40. Retro Lighting – Ford Mustang

I get inspired by retro magazines and 70’s lifestyle. My works are powerful, stylish and full of bright colours. I love to work with vectors, I think vectors can create amazing images with a clear and modern look.


41. Retro Text

Retro Text and Video Layers Retro text like this looks great but isn’t easy to create in Photoshop alone so here we use a mix of Photoshop and Illustrator, raster and vector to create some unique text. The second part of this tutorial explains video layers, something which is relatively new to most people. The final result will be an animated image that could be used for a web header.


42. How to Quickly Create a Stylish Retro Text Effect

In this tutorial we will be designing a cool retro text effect, which is growing more and more popular in today’s design. Today you will learn how to use the Perspective tool to create depth and how designers can use default gradients in unusual ways!


43. How to Make a Planet Terror Style Poster in Photoshop


44. Create A Simple And Effective Retro Logo With a Soft Grunge Background

Today I want to explain a super-simple way to create a nice retro logo with an appropriate background. The final result, that you can see below, is adaptable for many uses in your web design works.
This tutorial aims to improve quality/time ratio, a decent design in few minutes (approximately 10-15 minutes).


45. Creating a Stunning Old-World Look in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we are going to create a sort of old-world composition featuring a compass and making use of some awesome vector artwork from Arsenal.


46. Create a Wicked-Worn Vintage Pop Art Design

I’ll show you how to design a simple but nice vintage pop art piece with some wear and tear. This is a basic to intermediate tutorial, so you don’t need to be a guru to work with this effect and get an awesome result!


47. Create Vintage Traveler Diary in Photoshop

In this reader tutorial Nikola Lazarevic aka Colaja from Nis, Serbia will show us how to create a very stylish vintage traveler diary in Photoshop. We will mix brushes with stock photos and blend modes to achieve the effect.


48. Designing a Typographic Concept Poster

In this tutorial I will take you through a few steps that will show you how I created a poster design.


49. Create a Vinyl Record with Retro Photo Sticker in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will go through the few steps to create a vinyl record and design a retro sticker for the same.


50. How to make a Typographic, Retro, Space Face

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a typographic face by using simple techniques. Using the Brush Tool and experimenting with light, you will get this amazing Typographic Space Face that looks like it’s created by letters and an amazing explosion.


Video Tutorial: The Making of Andrew Jackson – $50

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“In this 2.3 hour real-time walkthrough by Jeff Finley, you will learn how to create poetic and nostalgic images using a combination of Photoshop and Illustrator. You’ll learn how to create rich typography, creative portrait illustration, and vintage tricks and hacks. Other topics are sketching, concept development, type treatments, retro lighting techniques, wacom tablet illustration and line art, graphic design composition and layout and photo manipulation. We guarantee you’ll learn something!”

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