In this tutorial we’re going to see how to create a retro image in Photoshop using Advanced Blending and Lab Color mode.
These methods are very flexible and work very well when it comes to vintage and grunge style or simply when you need to achieve a more realistic effect without using brushes.
A preview of the final result
What is needed to create this?
- A paper texture(1)
- The PNG mophed photo (taken with my Black Berry) or something else you like
- A grungy texture
- Kelvinized font
The source file?
You can download it here
Step1: create a new document
Create a new document (Ctrl/Cmd +N) with size of 600 x 800 pixels
Step2: create the background
Open the paper texture image in Photoshop, copy it into the document and resize it.
Let’s call this layer paper
Step 3: the moped
Open the file vespa.png ad copy it into the document. Call the layer moped
Step 4: Lab treatments
Now we need to create 2 new layers.
We’ll use the Lab method to create 2 duplicates of the moped.
The Lab method has got a Lightness dedicated channel and we’ll work with this.
So with the moped layer selected, choose Duplicate layer from Layer menu
Set the new document with these values
Document : new
Name : lab
In this new document image>mode>lab color
In this new document, select the channels tab and select the Lightness channel
With this channel still selected , filter>sketch>photocopy and set
Detail : 1
Darkness : 15
You should end with a result similar to this
Select the image (Ctrl/Cmd + a ) , copy it (Ctrl/Cmd +c) and put it on the top of the moped layer (Ctrl/Cmd +v) in moped.psd
Call this layer photocopy
Now in the lab.psd, select the history tab and go back to Lab Color state
Apply a new filter to the image (filter>sketch>halftone pattern) and set
Paste the resulting image in moped.psd on the top of the photocopy layer
Call this layer halftone
At this step the halftone layer hides the layers below…don’t worry about it!
Step 5: advanced blending – the funny stuff
Back to the moped.psd, hide temporarily halftone and photocopy layers, double click on the moped layer and set blending options :
Blend Mode = overlay
Blendif = gray
Then split the arrows in blendif panel (Alt/Opt + click ) and move them to these values
Now activate the photocopy layer, and repeat the same step with
blend mode= multiply
and the Blendif settings like below
Finally repeat the same step with the halftone layer
and the Blendif settings below
You should result with something like this
Step 6 : add a worn effect
Now it’s time to add some worn effects
Open subtlegrunge2.jpg and copy it above the paper layer.
Blend mode = color burn
Opacity = 20%
Then with a soft round eraser polish the moped area
Step 7 : add some text and fancy stuff
Now add some text, shapes, play with their blendif settings and you are ready.
I think the Blendif option is often overlooked, but it’s a very useful and flexible technique to achieve a realistic effect.
Tip : using this technique, you can obtain many different results simply changing the blend method of the layers