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30 Awesome Photoshop Vintage Tutorials

This article is for the sentimental folks who prefer retro and vintage designs. This type of design have rich colors, grunge elements and different textures that enhance the look of the image. Below you have 30 awesome tutorials to play with.

Retro Geometric Vectors in Space

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

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.

Design a Retro Futurism Space Scene

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

Creating A Retro Grunge Poster

Creating a retro grunge poster had never been so easy with this Photoshop tutorial.

Creating the new retro

Graphic designer James White shows you how to give retro-style graphics your own modern-day spin.

Craft a Vintage Fifties Letter

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a fifties love letter with stamps, bent corner, and a 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.

Super Cool Retro Poster in 10 Steps in Photoshop

In this tutorial the author will show you how to create a very cool poster in just 10 steps. You will use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, but you may use other tools.

How to create a Retro-style poster in Photoshop

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a retro-style poster in Photoshop. You’ll use custom brushes, multiple images, different blending modes and applying different layer styles. This tutorial is great for those looking for some quick Photoshop brush practice.

Gigposter Design

Learn how to make a perfect Gigposter design in Photoshop.

Make a Retro-Space Typography Poster with Colorful Lights

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

Creating an Awesome Retro Collage

In this complex and long tutorial, you 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.

Design a Colorful Retro Futuristic Poster in Photoshop

You will learn how to create our own bright and colorful retro futuristic poster in Photoshop, using dynamic lines, vibrant gradients and rough textures to build up the design layer after layer.

Create a Wicked-Worn Vintage Pop Art Design

The author will 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!

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.

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

Creating a Stunning Old-World Look in Photoshop

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

Amazing Retro Rainbow Curves

In this tutorial, the author will  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!

How to Design a Rockin’ 80′s Party Poster

In this tutorial, the author will  show you how to design a poster for an 80′s anthem party. Throughout this tutorial, you’ll create some textures for background, manipulate a photo to give it a stylish look, and make some color variations.

Custom Hang Tag

Learn to make custom hang tag in Photoshop with this tutorial.

Creating a Space-Helmeted Future Retro Illustration

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a funny old school space helmet.

Old School Type – Line Gradients

In this tutorial you are going to take the base logo and add that cool “line gradient” effect that you see inside the actual letters. This gives the text an old-school or vintage feel to it. This look is prevalent in wood engraving and sign lettering. You can do this effect with any typeface or font because the principle is the same.

How to Create a Retro Boxing Poster in Photoshop

Making a retro boxing poster had never been such an easy job with the help of this Photoshop tutorial.

Create a Vintage Looking Image with Photoshop

The tutorial will show you how to turn your digital image into a vintage looking image. All done in a non-destructive way.

Create incredible B-movie poster art

Prepare to shock! Terrify! Amaze! Mark Mayers demonstrates how to recreate the shlock B-movie posters of cinema’s golden age.

Create an antique ace of spades

In this tutorial you will be creating an aged ace of spades using multiple layers with various blend modes and a nice overlay trick with a photo from iStockPhoto. This technique also works quite well for creating an aged paper effect.

How to Make a Worn Vintage Beach Ad in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, the author will show you how to create a worn out, low-saturation-colored vintage beach ad.

Create a performance car club wallpaper

This tutorial shows you how to create Vintage Cars Club wallpaper, that was inspired by rock n`roll and classic American cars.

“Old photo, vintage effect”

This is step by step Photoshop tutorial that teaches you how to create vintage effect for your photo using simple tools, filters, levels and layer style effects.

In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial, you’re going to look at how to do a bit of reverse photo restoration, turning a new or recent photo into an old photo, one that looks like it was taken many years ago, and you’ll be doing it by combining several separate effects to create our final result.

In this tutorial artist will explain a super-simple way to create a nice retro logo with an appropriate background. 


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