35 Beautiful Vintage and Retro Photoshop Tutorials


By Jacob Gube

With the recent post on retro and vintage in modern web design1, it’s time to put the theory into practice. We’ve scoured the Web to find some impressive Photoshop tutorials that can help you achieve an "old-fashioned" look-and-feel in your designs. In this post, we go back to the 1900’s all theway to the 1980’s to showcase a variety of vintage- and retro-inspired designs that involve poster art, collages and graphical elements. Whether you’re into print design or web design, you’ll find something you can use or build upon.

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Without further ado, we present 35 high-quality vintage and retro Adobe Photoshop tutorials that may help your design… well, travel back in time.

Vintage and Retro Photoshop Tutorials

Colorization Tutorial7
This short tutorial showcases a method for colorizing a black and white photo to achieve an aged, vintage look.

Colorization Tutorial8

Wicked-Worn Vintage Pop Art Design9
Mesh vintage pop art with grunge to create a unique mash-up of the two popular design styles.

Wicked-Worn Vintage Pop Art Design10

Retro Grunge Poster11
Wield the Pen Tool and utilize some free brushes and textures to achieve this retro-grunge hybrid look-and-feel.

Retro Grunge Poster12

Vintage Film Style Video13
Use a stock image of an old TV and Photoshop CS3 Extended to play vintage-style video clips inside the TV.

Vintage Film Style Video14

Give Your Photos a Retro Comic Book Effect15
Here’s another method for creating a retro-stylec comic book effect to your photos using Photoshop.

Give Your Photos a Retro Comic Book Effect16

WWII Airplane17
Recreate the World War II airplane brushed-metal texture and paintings in this excellent Photoshop tutorial that involves using Noise and Blur filters.

WWII Airplane18

Cool Vintage Collage Design
19In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to use old advertisements, hand-written text, and patterns to create a vintage design.

Cool Vintage Collage Design20

Pin-up Effect
21This video tutorial showcases how you can create the classic 50’s pin-up effect using some Photoshop filters and Blending Modes.

Pin-up Effect22

Radio Knobs/Dials of the Past
23Learn how to design old-school radio knobs/dials in this Photoshop tutorial by skillfully using of the Marquee Tool in Photoshop.

Radio Knobs/Dials of the Past24

Turn of the Century Vaudeville Poster
25Create a beautiful turn-of-the-century poster geared towards intermediate to advanced Photoshop users.

Turn of the Century Vaudeville Poster26

Virtual Letterman Jacket
27In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to design retro-style varsity/letterman lettering using some ingenious Layer Styles.

Virtual Letterman Jacket28

B-movie poster art
29In this tutorial, you can learn the techniques involved in recreating B-movie posters from the golden age of cinema.

B-movie poster art30

Gigposter Design31
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a retro-styled poster using Photoshop and Illustrator.

Gigposter Design32

Vintage Polaroid Effect
33This photo treatment tutorial shares a method for creating a vintage look using modern, colored digital photos.

Vintage Polaroid Effect34

Photoshop Vintage Effect35
Learn how to age modern digital pictures by adjusting contrast, saturation, and Curves in this short step-by-step Photoshop tutorial.

Photoshop Vintage Effect36

Vintage Fifties Letter
37Create this aged letter envelope by following this Photoshop tutorial that’s aimed at intermediate Photoshop users.

Vintage Fifties Letter38

Vintage Truck
39In this short Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn some techniques on how to use colored digital stock images to give it a vintage/retro look-and-feel.

Vintage Truck40

Make it worn41
Learn how to create a worn look-and-feel web design background, using detailed from scanned book pages.

Make it worn42

Comic Book Photo Effect
43Learn how to take ordinary photos and give it a retro-styled, pop art comic book effect.

Comic Book Photo Effect44

Vintage collages in Photoshop
45In this tutorial, you can gain insights and learn useful methods on how to achieve a vintage collage.

Vintage collages in Photoshop46

Make your own pop art
47Learn the techniques involved in creating your own classic 50’s style pop art.

Make your own pop art48

Hot Chick on a Muscle Car
49Create a retro-styled post card using stock photos that are linked to by the author of the tutorial.

Hot Chick on a Muscle Car50

Retro Wallpaper/Poster
51This step-by-step tutorial walks the readers through the process of creating a retro wallpaper/poster.

Retro Wallpaper/Poster52

Retro Style Game Controller53
Illustrate an old-school gaming console joystick using Photoshop with this wonderful tutorial.

Retro Style Game Controller54

Retro Stars
55Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to create stars and then add multi-colored streaks to it, to achieve this popular ’80’s look and feel.

Retro Stars56

Sweet Radio Station Advert Design
57Learn how to create a radio station advertisement with retro curves with the help of Illustrator (or download them from vector stock sites).

Sweet Radio Station Advert Design58

Pop Art Inspired by Lichtenstein
59Create Lichtenstein-style pop art design by studying this Photoshop tutorial geared for intermediate designers.

Pop Art Inspired by Lichtenstein60

Retro Lighting – Ford Mustang
61You can utilize the Custom Shape Tool for elements of the design to recreate this 70’s inspired design.

Ford Mustang62

Mix Cool Retro Curves into Your Photographs
63Combine retro with modern design styles and elements to create this stunning photo effect.

Mix Cool Retro Curves into Your Photographs64

Photoshop Serigraphs
65Learn how you can take a portrait to recreate this Andy Warhol inspired pop-art.

Photoshop Serigraphs66

Retro Sunflower Design
67Remake this sunflower-themed retro wallpaper using ready-to-use Photoshop brushes, the Ellipse Marquee Tool, and custom shapes from the Custom Shape Tool.

Retro SunFlower Design68

Retro Summer Poster Illustration
69Utilize some of Photoshop’s vector tools to create a summery retro poster illustration.

Retro Summer Poster Illustration70

3D Retro Strip
71Use the Pen Tool to create 3-dimensional retro strips.

3D Retro Strip72

Abstract Retro-Pop Wallpaper
73This tutorial shows readers how to design a colorful retro-pop wallpaper using stock photo for texture and the RNS Bobo Dylan Font74.

Abstract Retro-Pop Wallpaper75

Further Resources



  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/07/retro-and-vintage-in-modern-web-design/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/28/40-beautiful-grunge-photoshop-tutorials/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/15/70-beauty-retouching-photoshop-tutorials/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/07/50-excellent-digital-photography-photoshop-tutorials/
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/03/photoshop-tutorials-to-improve-modeling-skills/
  6. 6 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/03/adobe-photoshop-tutorials-rainbows-glows-and-light-effects/
  7. 7 http://www.worth1000.com/tutorial.asp?sid=161018
  8. 8 http://www.worth1000.com/tutorial.asp?sid=161018
  9. 9 http://psdtuts.com/designing-tutorials/create-a-wicked-worn-vintage-pop-art-design/
  10. 10 http://psdtuts.com/designing-tutorials/create-a-wicked-worn-vintage-pop-art-design/
  11. 11 http://www.online-photoshoptutorials.com/2008/09/creating-a-retro-grunge-poster.html
  12. 12 http://www.online-photoshoptutorials.com/2008/09/creating-a-retro-grunge-poster.html
  13. 13 http://psdtuts.com/designing-tutorials/create-a-vintage-film-style-video-using-photoshop-cs3-extended/
  14. 14 http://psdtuts.com/designing-tutorials/create-a-vintage-film-style-video-using-photoshop-cs3-extended/
  15. 15 http://www.photoshoproadmap.com/Photoshop-blog/2007/09/13/give-your-photos-a-retro-comic-book-effect/
  16. 16 http://www.photoshoproadmap.com/Photoshop-blog/2007/09/13/give-your-photos-a-retro-comic-book-effect/
  17. 17 http://pshero.com/archives/wwii-airplane
  18. 18 http://pshero.com/archives/wwii-airplane
  19. 19 http://psdtuts.com/designing-tutorials/creating-a-cool-vintage-collage-design-in-photoshop/
  20. 20 http://psdtuts.com/designing-tutorials/creating-a-cool-vintage-collage-design-in-photoshop/
  21. 21 http://www.planetphotoshop.com/pin-up-effect.html
  22. 22 http://www.planetphotoshop.com/pin-up-effect.html
  23. 23 http://adreamers.blogspot.com/2008/08/radio-knobsdials-of-past-photoshop.html
  24. 24 http://adreamers.blogspot.com/2008/08/radio-knobsdials-of-past-photoshop.html
  25. 25 http://psdtuts.com/designing-tutorials/make-a-turn-of-the-century-vaudeville-poster/
  26. 26 http://psdtuts.com/designing-tutorials/make-a-turn-of-the-century-vaudeville-poster/
  27. 27 http://pshero.com/archives/virtual-letterman-jacket
  28. 28 http://pshero.com/archives/virtual-letterman-jacket
  29. 29 http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/index.cfm?featureID=1701
  30. 30 http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/index.cfm?featureID=1701
  31. 31 http://www.gomediazine.com/tutorials/gigposter-design-the-new-sex/
  32. 32 http://www.gomediazine.com/tutorials/gigposter-design-the-new-sex/
  33. 33 http://www.myinkblog.com/2008/06/23/create-a-vintage-polaroid-effect/
  34. 34 http://www.myinkblog.com/2008/06/23/create-a-vintage-polaroid-effect/
  35. 35 http://veerle.duoh.com/blog/comments/photoshop_vintage_effect/
  36. 36 http://veerle.duoh.com/blog/comments/photoshop_vintage_effect/
  37. 37 http://psdtuts.com/designing-tutorials/craft-a-vintage-fifties-letter/
  38. 38 http://psdtuts.com/designing-tutorials/craft-a-vintage-fifties-letter/
  39. 39 http://www.x24d.com/blog/2008/01/23/vintage-truck/
  40. 40 http://www.x24d.com/blog/2008/01/23/vintage-truck/
  41. 41 http://www.subdued.net/make-it-worn
  42. 42 http://www.subdued.net/make-it-worn
  43. 43 http://pshero.com/archives/comic-book-photo-effect
  44. 44 http://pshero.com/archives/comic-book-photo-effect
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  49. 49 http://abduzeedo.com/hot-chick-muscle-car
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  51. 51 http://ubldesignes.co.uk/tutorial-16-A-Retro-Poster-Step-By-Step-Photoshop-Tutorial.html
  52. 52 http://ubldesignes.co.uk/tutorial-16-A-Retro-Poster-Step-By-Step-Photoshop-Tutorial.html
  53. 53 http://psdtuts.com/drawing/how-to-create-a-super-retro-style-game-controller/
  54. 54 http://psdtuts.com/drawing/how-to-create-a-super-retro-style-game-controller/
  55. 55 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2449/1/Retro-Stars
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  58. 58 http://designblurb.com/radio-station-advertisement-tutorial/
  59. 59 http://www.melissaclifton.com/tutorial-popart.html
  60. 60 http://www.melissaclifton.com/tutorial-popart.html
  61. 61 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2877/1/Retro-Lighting---Ford-Mustang
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  63. 63 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials-effects/mix-cool-retro-curves-into-your-photographs/
  64. 64 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials-effects/mix-cool-retro-curves-into-your-photographs/
  65. 65 http://www.planetphotoshop.com/photoshop-serigraphs.html
  66. 66 http://www.planetphotoshop.com/photoshop-serigraphs.html
  67. 67 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2881/1/Retro-SunFlower-Design
  68. 68 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2881/1/Retro-SunFlower-Design
  69. 69 http://psdfan.com/designing/design-a-retro-summer-poster-illustration/
  70. 70 http://psdfan.com/designing/design-a-retro-summer-poster-illustration/
  71. 71 http://www.pstut.info/tutorials/design-a-3d-retro-strip/
  72. 72 http://www.pstut.info/tutorials/design-a-3d-retro-strip/
  73. 73 http://www.tutorial9.net/photoshop/create-a-retro-pop-style-wallpaper/
  74. 74 http://www.impactolaser.com/t01.html
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  77. 77 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/15/70-beauty-retouching-photoshop-tutorials/
  78. 78 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/03/photoshop-tutorials-to-improve-modeling-skills/
  79. 79 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/28/40-beautiful-grunge-photoshop-tutorials/
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  81. 81 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/03/adobe-photoshop-tutorials-rainbows-glows-and-light-effects/

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Jacob Gube is the Founder and Chief Editor of Six Revisions, a web publication for web developers and designers, and the Deputy Editor of Design Instruct, a web magazine for designers and digital artists. He has over seven years of experience as professional web developer and web designer and has written a book on JavaScript.

  1. 1

    Nice one!

    Thanks for including my ‘Invaders from Venus’ and ‘Pop Art’ tutorials!

  2. 52

    Olha esse post com muitoooooos tutoriais para design retrô!!!!

    show de bola

  3. 103

    Very nice tutorials,

    thank for the collection

  4. 154

    thanks for the set,

  5. 205
  6. 256

    yo te di una ayuda
    nos vemos tu amigo
    de argentina FEDE

  7. 307

    superb, genius

  8. 358

    Mind blowing collections!!!! I’ve been looking for things like this. Really fantastic collection. Keep it up.

  9. 409

    just marvelous, wonder if i’ll manage to do something similar, or at least respectable hahaha
    just kidding, i know i can…

  10. 460

    nice tutorial, thanks for sharing

  11. 511

    some are good. some are just okay. noting superb. too see an artwork with a couple of vectors and grunge whatever is quite popular and in my opinion should not be the basis of coolness in terms of art.

  12. 562

    The very first tutorial is a broken link. The proper link is http://fx.worth1000.com/tutorials/161018/yet-another-colorization-tutorial

  13. 613

    cool images i really think they are cooool

  14. 664

    Thank you for those WONDERFULL tutorials!

  15. 715

    Great guys thanks for sharing it.

  16. 766

    hey guys check it out! :)

  17. 817

    The WWII Plane Texture and the comic book links appear to be broken.

  18. 919

    Like the retro iv got a thing for. School it’s called retro day and needed some help thanks now I know what I’m going to wear to school

  19. 970

    Thanks for Shared!!!

  20. 1021

    Wow brilliant post! Fantastic tutorial dude. It�s insane how many breathtaking tutes you guys post. Absolutely love your site. Thank you very much!

  21. 1072

    Amazing isn’t the word………….. to good ya

  22. 1123

    Awesome resource. Thanks!

  23. 1174

    Hi, please i want to make picnik movie posters effect on photoshop, who can help me? :)

  24. 1225

    wow great resource

  25. 1276

    i love the pinup effect :)

  26. 1327

    Yo dis was gud

  27. 1378

    Very creative and amazing


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