Menu Search
Jump to the content X X
Smashing Conf Barcelona

You know, we use ad-blockers as well. We gotta keep those servers running though. Did you know that we publish useful books and run friendly conferences — crafted for pros like yourself? E.g. our upcoming SmashingConf Barcelona, dedicated to smart front-end techniques and design patterns.

35 Beautiful Retro And Vintage Photoshop Tutorials

We’ve scoured the Web to find some impressive vintage 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. [Content Care Oct/31/2016]

You may want to take a look at the following related posts:

Without further ado, we present 35 high-quality Photoshop5 tutorials that may help your design… well, travel back in time.

Vintage and Retro Photoshop Tutorials Link

3D Retro Strip Design6

Create a 3D Retro Strip in a series of simple steps. A simple technique to use with a pen tool.

vintage photoshop7

Creating a Space-Helmeted Future Retro Illustration8

Create a poster and overall look for a night at a local club in Photoshop.

Retro Photoshop Tutorials9

Make photos look vintage10

How to create a antique look with smart use of a series of techniques and layers.

Vintage Photoshop Tutorials11

How to Create a Retro Boxing Poster in Photoshop12

Mimicking Graphic Design Aesthetics from yesteryear. A Poster Design from the 1960s.

Vintage Photoshop Tutorials13

How to Design a Rockin’ 80’s Party Poster14

How to design a poster for an 80’s anthem party. Create some textures for background and manipulate a photo to give it a stylish look.

retro515

Creating Old Paper With Custom Brushes16

How to create a Custom Brush using a folded piece of paper and then how to use that brush to create an old piece of paper.

retro617

WWII Airplane18

Use the noise and blur filters to create a brushed metal effect, then a few layer styles to create a cool little airplane graphic.

retro719

Create a Retro Background20

Take a regular, boring photo and liven it up using with some effects to give it more of a retro feel to it.

retro821

How to Quickly Create a Stylish Retro Text Effect22

Learn how to use the Perspective tool to create depth and how designers can use default gradients in unusual ways.

retro923

Give Your Photos a Retro Comic Book Effect24

How to give a comic book look to your photos using a couple of filters and some additional decorations.

retro1025

Gigposter Design Tutorial26

Create a music poster with Photoshop. Use a public domain photo from WWII.

retro1127

Create A Retro Cosmic Design in Photoshop28

This tutorial will teach you how to recreate a Retro Cosmic design.

retro1229

Old Photo30

Take a ordinary photo and turn it into an old picture with faded colors and torn edges.

retro1331

Photoshop Tutorial: Handmade textures and shading effects32

How to add textures to your work to give it a handmade feel, and how to combine these with shading and highlights to provide extra detail to your image.

retro1433

Retro Collage Techniques34

Learn how to use photos to create surreal montages that have that authentic washed-out vintage look.

retro1535

Photoshop tutorial: Create retro poster effects36

A vintage-style poster with great type, a main character and other elements decorating the poster’s border.

retro1637

Photoshop tutorial: Create a retro photo collage illustration in Photoshop38

Learn how to use brushes to replicate clouds, dust and grime and how to add foreground blur to objects to give the impression of depth.

retro1739

Create 1980s type effects in Photoshop40

Combining the trashy glamour of the 80s with the fantastic toolsets of Photoshop

retro1841

Create dynamic art using glows and lighting effects42

Use adjustment layers, blending modes, and even Illustrator to create this super-powered athlete within an atmosphere that draws on the traditions of sci-fi art.

retro1943

Create low-poly art in Photoshop44

Use faux 3D modelling and Photoshop texturing to create a striking vintage-style low-poly artwork.

retro2045

How to give illustrations a retro look in Photoshop46

How to create a vintage aesthetic using textures.

retro2147

How to Make a Worn Vintage Beach Ad in Photoshop48

How to create a worn out, low-saturation-colored vintage beach ad in Photoshop. Use techniques such as the usage of brushes, editing colors, using filters and masking.

retro2249

Design a Vintage Baseball Card in Photoshop50

Create a realistic vintage baseball card. Add color to a black and white photo, reproduce an illustrated effect and create an “old print” effect.

retro2351

Create 3D type using Photoshop52

How to create elegant 3D type with the 3D tools of Photoshop. Experiment with an object’s material and have full control of a scene’s lighting.

retro2453

Retro 80”s VHS style54

How to create that look and feel of the old VHS movies that we used to watch so many times.

retro2555

Create a Trendy Retro Landscape Design in Photoshop56

Manipulate a landscape photo with various color adjustments and lay out a typographic quote to create a retro style landscape design.

retro2657

Create a Funky Retro Wavy Text Effect in Photoshop58

Design a retro-colored psychedelic background and add some vintage text.

retro2759

Design a Retro Postcard with 3D Text60

Use Illustrator and Photoshop to create a retro style postcard with text and different images within each letter.

retro2861

How To Create a Retro Style Typographic Poster Design62

Learn how to create a retro style typographic poster design with distressed textures and a muted colour scheme.

retro2963

How To Create a Retro Style Race Poster in Photoshop64

Use Photoshop to put together the poster layout with various textures and brushes, but also switch back and forth to Illustrator to create the typographic elements.

retro3065

Photoshop tutorial: Master Photoshop layer effects66

How to add a bold, pop culture retro flair to a striking model.

retro3167

Create a Retro Urban Gig Poster in Photoshop68

Learn how to bring nature’s random variations into your digital creations.

retro3269

Apply a quick vintage look in Photoshop70

Change colours within an image, in four simple steps. Create amazing special effects with Color Lookup.

retro3371

Rusty Vintage Tin Sign in Photoshop72

Recreate this retro effect in Photoshop with layer styles and textures.

retro3473

Create a Vintage Poster in Photoshop74

Create a vintage style poster with Photoshop’s drawing tools and composition techniques.

retro3575

Dreamy Vintage Photoshop Tutorial76

How to create an awesome dreamy vintage picture, using some simple techniques in Photoshop.

retro3677

Vintage Badge in Illustrator and Photoshop78

Design a retro look badge using Illustrator and Photoshop.

retro3779

Photoshop How-To: Make a New Image Look Old80

How to take a clean vector image, place it onto an old weather-beaten surface, and make it appear as if it had been there for years.

retro3881

Antique Ace Of Spades82

Create an aged ace of spades using multiple layers with various blend modes and a nice overlay trick.

retro3983

Vintage Typography Experiment in Illustrator and Photoshop84

How to create a nice vintage, retro typography Poster based on an artwork.

retro4085

(vf, dm, sl)

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 /2008/10/40-beautiful-grunge-photoshop-tutorials/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/photoshop-tutorials-to-improve-modeling-skills/
  3. 3 /2008/12/50-excellent-digital-photography-photoshop-tutorials/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/50-stunning-photoshop-text-effect-tutorials/
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/professional-photoshop-techniques-tutorials/
  6. 6 http://www.pstut.info/photoshop-tutorials/design-a-3d-retro-strip/
  7. 7 http://www.pstut.info/photoshop-tutorials/design-a-3d-retro-strip/
  8. 8 https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/creating-a-space-helmeted-future-retro-illustration--psd-2721
  9. 9 https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/creating-a-space-helmeted-future-retro-illustration--psd-2721
  10. 10 http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/photoshop/vintage-effects-photos/
  11. 11 http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/photoshop/vintage-effects-photos/
  12. 12 https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-create-a-retro-boxing-poster-in-photoshop--psd-3294
  13. 13 https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-create-a-retro-boxing-poster-in-photoshop--psd-3294
  14. 14 https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-design-a-rockin-80s-party-poster--psd-1801
  15. 15 https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-design-a-rockin-80s-party-poster--psd-1801
  16. 16 http://pshero.com/photoshop-tutorials/graphic-design/creating-old-paper-with-custom-brushes
  17. 17 http://pshero.com/photoshop-tutorials/graphic-design/creating-old-paper-with-custom-brushes
  18. 18 http://pshero.com/photoshop-tutorials/graphic-design/wwii-airplane
  19. 19 http://pshero.com/photoshop-tutorials/graphic-design/wwii-airplane
  20. 20 http://www.denisdesigns.com/blog/2009/04/create-a-retro-photo-and-background/
  21. 21 http://www.denisdesigns.com/blog/2009/04/create-a-retro-photo-and-background/
  22. 22 https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-quickly-create-a-stylish-retro-text-effect--psd-357
  23. 23 https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-quickly-create-a-stylish-retro-text-effect--psd-357
  24. 24 http://photoshoproadmap.com/give-your-photos-a-retro-comic-book-effect/
  25. 25 http://photoshoproadmap.com/give-your-photos-a-retro-comic-book-effect/
  26. 26 http://gomedia.com/zine/tutorials/gigposter-design-the-new-sex/
  27. 27 http://gomedia.com/zine/tutorials/gigposter-design-the-new-sex/
  28. 28 http://www.fudgegraphics.com/2009/07/tutorial-create-a-retro-cosmic-design-in-photoshop/
  29. 29 http://www.fudgegraphics.com/2009/07/tutorial-create-a-retro-cosmic-design-in-photoshop/
  30. 30 http://alfoart.com/jaguar_car_1.html
  31. 31 http://alfoart.com/jaguar_car_1.html
  32. 32 http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/photoshop/use-textures-shading-for-handmade-feel/
  33. 33 http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/photoshop/use-textures-shading-for-handmade-feel/
  34. 34 http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/photoshop/retro-collage-techniques/#1
  35. 35 http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/photoshop/retro-collage-techniques/#1
  36. 36 http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/photoshop/create-retro-poster-effects/#1
  37. 37 http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/photoshop/create-retro-poster-effects/#1
  38. 38 http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/photoshop/blend-retro-modern-in-photoshop/
  39. 39 http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/photoshop/blend-retro-modern-in-photoshop/
  40. 40 http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/photoshop/create-1980s-type-effects/#1
  41. 41 http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/photoshop/create-1980s-type-effects/#1
  42. 42 http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/photoshop/create-dynamic-art-using-glows-lighting-effects/
  43. 43 http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/photoshop/create-dynamic-art-using-glows-lighting-effects/
  44. 44 http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/photoshop/low-poly-art-in-photoshop/
  45. 45 http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/photoshop/low-poly-art-in-photoshop/
  46. 46 http://www.creativebloq.com/photoshop/give-illustrations-retro-look-and-feel-4128090
  47. 47 http://www.creativebloq.com/photoshop/give-illustrations-retro-look-and-feel-4128090
  48. 48 http://designinstruct.com/print-design/how-to-make-a-worn-vintage-beach-ad-in-photoshop/
  49. 49 http://designinstruct.com/print-design/how-to-make-a-worn-vintage-beach-ad-in-photoshop/
  50. 50 http://designinstruct.com/graphic-design/design-a-vintage-baseball-card-in-photoshop/
  51. 51 http://designinstruct.com/graphic-design/design-a-vintage-baseball-card-in-photoshop/
  52. 52 http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/3d-type/create-3d-type-using-photoshop-cs6/
  53. 53 http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/3d-type/create-3d-type-using-photoshop-cs6/
  54. 54 http://abduzeedo.com/reader-tutorial-arcadia-80s-vhs-style
  55. 55 http://abduzeedo.com/reader-tutorial-arcadia-80s-vhs-style
  56. 56 http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/tutorials/create-a-trendy-retro-landscape-design-in-photoshop
  57. 57 http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/tutorials/create-a-trendy-retro-landscape-design-in-photoshop
  58. 58 http://designinstruct.com/graphic-design/text-effects/create-a-funky-retro-wavy-text-effect-in-photoshop/
  59. 59 http://designinstruct.com/graphic-design/text-effects/create-a-funky-retro-wavy-text-effect-in-photoshop/
  60. 60 http://designinstruct.com/graphic-design/design-a-retro-postcard-with-3d-text/
  61. 61 http://designinstruct.com/graphic-design/design-a-retro-postcard-with-3d-text/
  62. 62 http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/tutorials/how-to-create-a-retro-style-typographic-poster-design
  63. 63 http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/tutorials/how-to-create-a-retro-style-typographic-poster-design
  64. 64 http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/tutorials/how-to-create-a-retro-style-race-poster-in-photoshop
  65. 65 http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/tutorials/how-to-create-a-retro-style-race-poster-in-photoshop
  66. 66 http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/photoshop/photoshop-layer-effects-2016/
  67. 67 http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/tutorials/photoshop/photoshop-layer-effects-2016/
  68. 68 https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/create-a-retro-urban-gig-poster-in-photoshop--psd-6996
  69. 69 https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/create-a-retro-urban-gig-poster-in-photoshop--psd-6996
  70. 70 http://www.creativebloq.com/photoshop/apply-quick-vintage-look-photoshop-10121078
  71. 71 http://www.creativebloq.com/photoshop/apply-quick-vintage-look-photoshop-10121078
  72. 72 http://www.designpanoply.com/blog/rusty-vintage-tin-sign-in-photoshop
  73. 73 http://www.designpanoply.com/blog/rusty-vintage-tin-sign-in-photoshop
  74. 74 https://www.photoshoptutorials.ws/photoshop-tutorials/layouts/create-vintage-style-poster-photoshop/
  75. 75 https://www.photoshoptutorials.ws/photoshop-tutorials/layouts/create-vintage-style-poster-photoshop/
  76. 76 http://icanbecreative.com/article/breathtaking-dreamy-vintage-photoshop-tutorial/
  77. 77 http://icanbecreative.com/article/breathtaking-dreamy-vintage-photoshop-tutorial/
  78. 78 http://abduzeedo.com/vintage-badge-illustrator-and-photoshop
  79. 79 http://abduzeedo.com/vintage-badge-illustrator-and-photoshop
  80. 80 http://creativepro.com/photoshop-how-to-make-a-new-image-look-old/
  81. 81 http://creativepro.com/photoshop-how-to-make-a-new-image-look-old/
  82. 82 http://pshero.com/photoshop-tutorials/graphic-design/antique-ace-of-spades
  83. 83 http://pshero.com/photoshop-tutorials/graphic-design/antique-ace-of-spades
  84. 84 http://abduzeedo.com/vintage-typography-experiment-illustrator-and-photoshop
  85. 85 http://abduzeedo.com/vintage-typography-experiment-illustrator-and-photoshop

↑ Back to top Tweet itShare on Facebook

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

    Very nice collection, I’ve been trying to locate a decent collection of retro-style tutorials!
    1st post! Sweet!

    0
  2. 2

    These all are so great. I’ve been looking for things like this

    1
  3. 3

    Excellent. You guys never fail to bring the good stuff.

    -6
  4. 4

    Is it me or these long collections of design things are becoming a bit boring? Has this website lost its essence somehow?

    1
  5. 5

    @Jonathan
    I personally think it is great to have those long collections of design, Internet is so vast and it is time consuming to do such a research, I find it really helpful to have these kind of articles and search for them into smashingmagazine rather than on the whole web.

    0
  6. 6

    Nice collection of vintage art. I might try few of these to improve my photoshop skills.
    amazing effects.

    Roshan

    1
  7. 7

    Anyone have good tutorials on creating different types of note paper and sticky notes in photoshop?

    0
  8. 8

    Thank you! i love these retro styles…

    -4
  9. 9

    awesome, thanks

    2
  10. 10

    I love retro & vintage !

    0
  11. 11

    Herbert Berends

    October 14, 2008 11:02 am

    Nice list. Very useful! I was surprised to see that they have used my picture/illustration of an old TV! I had no idea of this new function in Photoshop CS3…

    0
  12. 12

    Awesome Collection. Thanks For…

    0
  13. 13

    Great!
    thank you, not so much for the tutorials but for the collection itself. it’s always useful.
    Ronen.

    0
  14. 14

    Awesome retro tutorials. Can’t wait to try some of these out.

    Jad Graphics

    0
  15. 15

    LOL @ the “Ford Mustang” tutorial. The car used is definitely not a Mustang…

    -2
  16. 16

    Thanks for featuring my tutorial. Great list you have here, I hadn’t seen a few of these before :).

    0
  17. 17

    Hey, thanks for the mention!

    0
  18. 18

    Great list, thank you! I’ve done a few of these tuts with fantastic results (and learn a thing or two in the bargain).

    -2
  19. 19

    Thanks for including my tutorial, great collection, Very Useful!

    Stevie :D

    1
  20. 20

    I thank them for putting it all in one place and making sure I don’t have to trawl the internet trying to find stuff. Cheers!

    0
  21. 21

    This is truly a very pleasant surprise for me… thank you so much for including my tutorial on your list! Like what Tom Ross said, I haven’t seen a lot of these before, and they’re all beautiful! :) I have a strong feeling that I’ll be using some of these someday. :)

    0
  22. 22

    Thank you for linking to one of my tutorials on Design Blurb :) Great roundup.

    0
  23. 23

    Praveen Sewak

    October 14, 2008 7:31 pm

    WoW! Guys whose tuts. are linked here actually read SM. Can’t say that i am surprised, but wow! SM is the first browse of the day for me.

    Great list btw. There are a few i would definetely use in my designs. [Hot Chick on a Muscle Car] for one… hehe.

    Good job (again) SM…

    0
  24. 24

    nice ..simply great

    0
  25. 25

    Thanks nice post.

    0
  26. 26

    Wow, I’m thrilled to see my work featured on here too (Vintage Turn of the Century Vaudeville Poster)!

    That was the first tutorial I’ve written up, but I hope to do more before too long.

    Thank you! This site is a great resource.

    1
  27. 27

    Yes Jonathan, it is just you. These roundups are great, very helpful. Thanks guys.

    0
  28. 28

    Once again, excellent resources !

    Some effect were still hard to achieve for me, now i will be able to complete my skills.

    Thanx a lot !

    0
  29. 29

    There can never be enough retro and vintage :D. I am so feeling the 3D Retro. Nice!

    1
  30. 30

    AwESOME!!! makes me want to cry :(

    0
  31. 31

    i already knew some of them, but this is a nice bunch, thanx :)

    0
  32. 32

    Nice article, it’s always great to have these tutorials collected together in one place. I’m sure these will be useful in the future.

    0
  33. 33

    Hi everyone! I’m glad you enjoyed this article. Since the vintage/retro trend is (relatively) still in its infancy, it was quite a challenge to find this many high-quality tutorials to share with you.

    To the authors of tutorials featured here, I’d like to thank you for providing us with top-notch tutorials and helping us advance our craft by sharing your techniques and knowledge.

    0
  34. 34

    Jesse Vlasveld

    October 15, 2008 3:48 am

    I’m certainly going to experiment a little with this style, it’s hot.

    0
  35. 35

    Brilliant list – I’m bent double, gagging with the waves of nostagia..

    0
  36. 36

    yogesh lalchandani

    October 15, 2008 4:33 am

    Nice Design styles and coloring tuts

    0
  37. 37

    Armanjac essai délicious

    0
  38. 38

    @Joe. No kidding. I find that more than slightly annoying….

    That’s the only one included that I don’t think matches the quality of the others.

    0
  39. 39

    Nice collection. Where would one use this?

    0
  40. 40

    realy great tuts. They are very helpfull for editing my photos.

    0
  41. 41

    Great Website! Great Tutorials! I just found great brushes on this blog I can use for designing.

    0
  42. 42

    Great list, love the Retro Grunge Poster Tutorial.

    Thx for the post.

    Cheers
    Simon

    0
  43. 43

    Lonelytraveller

    October 16, 2008 10:32 am

    Great tutorials, thanks! I wish I found a post like this before creating the vintage graphics for my blog.

    0
  44. 44

    thanks for posting my tuts (Vintage pop art, and old TV) in the list!!!

    0
  45. 45

    this is one of the better tutorial collections i have come across. nice work!

    0
  46. 46

    Well these fellows are really gems..
    great work when compared to previous photoshop articles..
    I have to take a brief look at all the tutorial in detail.

    1
  47. 47

    Wow thanks a lot mate! These tutorials are really the best once out there.

    0
  48. 48

    Mustang tutorial was great. But I substituted a REAL Mustang in the picture. Someone needs to tell them it’s not a Mustang!!

    0
  49. 49

    Terrific roundup. I’d previously found about 1/2 of them- the beauty of the list, for me, is the other half! Please continue the ‘long list’ concept- I’d enjoy seeing additional topics explored. –Bill

    0
  50. 50

    Nice one!

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

    0
  51. 51

    SAMUEL HEIDEMANN

    October 23, 2008 12:33 pm

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

    show de bola

    0
  52. 52

    Very nice tutorials,

    thank for the collection

    0
  53. 53

    thanks for the set,

    0
  54. 54

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

    -2
  55. 55

    superb, genius

    0
  56. 56

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

    0
  57. 57

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

    0
  58. 58

    nice tutorial, thanks for sharing

    0
  59. 59

    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.

    0
  60. 60

    cool images i really think they are cooool

    0
  61. 61

    Thank you for those WONDERFULL tutorials!

    0
  62. 62

    Great guys thanks for sharing it.

    0
  63. 63

    hey guys check it out! :)

    0
  64. 64

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

    0
  65. 66

    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

    0
  66. 67

    Thanks for Shared!!!

    0
  67. 68

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

    0
  68. 69

    Darshan Sawant

    February 2, 2011 1:08 am

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

    0
  69. 70

    Awesome resource. Thanks!

    0
  70. 71

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

    0
  71. 72

    dreamdezigns

    May 25, 2011 2:05 am

    wow great resource

    0
  72. 73

    popart girl

    July 4, 2011 8:54 am

    i love the pinup effect :)

    -1
  73. 74

    Eric Gardiner

    August 29, 2011 3:39 pm

    Yo dis was gud

    1
  74. 75

    Miles Ochieng

    July 8, 2013 4:07 pm

    Very creative and amazing

    0

↑ Back to top