50 Best Retro and Vintage Photoshop Tutorials

by Dustin Lee October 11, 2016

50 Best Retro and Vintage Photoshop Tutorials

One of the best ways to stay fresh, relevant and in-demand as a designer or illustrator is to learn from other talented creatives. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, it’s important to continually sharpen your skills – so to help you level up, we’ve scoured the web to bring you the very best retro and vintage tutorials for Photoshop.

To make navigation easier, we’ve divided the tutorials into the following categories:

  • Retro and vintage techniques
  • Retro and vintage styles
  • Typography tutorials
  • Posters
  • Photography
  • Photoshop and Illustrator


There’s no time like the present for learning new skills. Scroll down to start adding new strings to your creative bow – or bookmark this page for when you’re next able to invest a little time into growing your skill set. Trust us, your future self will thank you!

As with our 60 best free retro fonts collection, we’ll be regularly updating this resource with additional retro and vintage tutorials for Photoshop, so stay tuned for even more new ways to add impact to your retro and vintage designs. Enjoy!

 

 

Retro and vintage techniques

 

01. How to Roughen the Edges of Your Work in Photoshop

Photoshop tutorial: How to Roughen the Edges of Your Artwork

Find out how to quickly and easily roughen the edges of your work in Photoshop with this short video tutorial. The pro technique covered here will let you age your designs to create a tactile, natural effect – and the tutorial comes with a pack of 12 free Photoshop brushes (The Edge & Fold Distressor Brush Pack) as well.


02. How to Make a Retro, Cajun-style, Tattoo Logo Design

Photoshop tutorial: How to make a retro, Cajun-style tattoo logo design

Marty from Blue Lightening TV shares some best-practice techniques for creating a retro logo design in this brilliant, bite-sized video tutorial (it’s less than seven minutes long).

You’ll need a concrete texture to follow the steps – we have 10 free ones you can choose from on our Freebies page.


03. How to create textured, Golden Book-style images in Photoshop

Retro Photoshop tutorials: Golden-Book-style images

Designer, illustrator and Brave the Woods co-founder Brad Woodard explains how to quickly create a heavily textured, painterly aesthetic in Photoshop using the Woodland Wonderland brush set – perfect for anyone looking to recreate an old-school Golden Book-style illustration.


04. How to Make a Pop Art-Style Comic Book Cartoon

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: pop art-style comic book

Another one by Marty from Blue Lightening TV – this time he shares some best-practice techniques for transforming a photograph into a classic, pop art-style comic page in this fantastic 10-minute video tutorial. He’s using Photoshop CC 2014 – if you’re using Photoshop CC 2015, try his Warhol-style portrait tutorial instead.

 

05. Make interesting vector shapes in Photoshop CS6

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: vector shapes

Quickly create retro shapes and patterns with designer Luke O’Neill’s top tips for working with vector shape layers in Photoshop CS6.

 

 

06. Create handmade textures and shading effects

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: handmade textures

Add depth to a flat-looking piece of digital artwork by combining textures with subtle shading and highlights. This tutorial shows you the Photoshop techniques you need.

 

07. Add a vintage feel with custom brush strokes

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: custom brush strokes


Peter O’Toole reveals how to increase the depth of your vintage illustrations with handmade brush strokes in Photoshop.

 

 

08. Master vintage collage techniques in Photoshop

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: collage techniques

Tim Green walks through how to use photos to create surreal montages that have that authentic washed-out vintage look.

 

 

09. Create retro poster effects in Photoshop

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: tattoo-style art

Ollie Munden and Harriet Seed cover a number of techniques for creating tattoo-style art, based on 50s rockabilly and navy motifs in this Photoshop tutorial, which walks through how to create a vintage-style poster.

 

10. Create a Retro Photo Collage Illustration

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: photo collage

Tom Kemp Starley reveals how to create a surreal, 1940s-inspired composition using a mix of photos and graphics, the Warp tool, Curves and brushes.

 

11. How to Create 1980s type effects in Photoshop

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: 1980s

Channel the 1980s to create type-based retro-futuristic artwork with a textured, vintage feel.

 

 

12. How to Install Brush Tool Presets .tpl into Photoshop

Tutorial: How to Install Brush Tool Presets .tpl into Photoshop

What’s the difference between a brush preset and a tool preset? And how do you install them? Suzanne Sarver explains why tool presets are awesome and walks through how to get started with them in this helpful step-by-step tutorial.

 

 

 

Retro and vintage styles

 

13. How to Create a Matchbook Print Effect in Photoshop

Retro Photoshop tutorial: How to Create a Matchbook Print Effect

Matchbooks and matchboxes became popular as advertising vehicles in the 1950s. Find out how to quickly recreate a vintage matchbook print effect using just a few textures and Photoshop filters (and get your hands on a few quality free resources at the same time) with this 10-minute tutorial.

 

 

14. How to Create a Wood Type Inspired Design in Photoshop

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: How to Create a Wood Type Inspired Design

Add an organic, handmade feel to your designs with this video tutorial, which walks through how to create wood type effects in Photoshop.

You can follow along using a free sample pack, which includes free
Photoshop styles, brushes, splatters and even the background artwork for you to use however you like.

 

15. How to Turn a photo into pixel art

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: retro pixel art

Learn how to turn a photo of a person into pixel art as a fictional arcade game character from the early 90s.

 

 

16. Create dynamic art using glows and lighting effects

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorial: Create dynamic art using glows and lighting effects

New York-based illustrator Kervin Brisseaux shares his techniques for creating a sports illustration with a retro-futuristic sci-fi look.

 

17. Create retro low-poly art in Photoshop

Retro tutorial: Create low-poly art in Photoshop

Damien Vignaux (aka Elroy) explains how to use faux 3D modelling and Photoshop texturing to create a striking vintage-style low-poly artwork.

 

18. Give your Illustrations a Retro Look in Photoshop

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: 1950s advertising

Top illustrator Peter O'Toole shows you how to create a vintage aesthetic using textures, a limited colour palette and Photoshop’s Channel Mixer.

 

19. Make a Worn Vintage Beach Ad in Photoshop

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: vintage beach ad

Create a worn out, low-saturation vintage beach ad with this beginner to intermediate level Photoshop tutorial.

 

20. Design a Vintage Baseball Card in Photoshop

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: baseball card

Combine images, textures, blending modes and adjustment layers to achieve a realistic vintage baseball card.

 

 

 

Retro and vintage typography tutorials

 

21: Hand Lettering 101: A Super Brief Guide with Bonus Free Brushes

  Hand Lettering 101 tutorial: A Super Brief Guide with Bonus Free Brushes

Nail the basics and create stunning, vintage hand-lettering with this easy-to-follow tutorial. It comes with a pack of six free Photoshop brushes to help you get started…

 

22. Create an 80's Style Chrome Logo Text Effect in Photoshop

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: How To Create an 80s Style Chrome Logo Text Effect

Chris Spooner goes back to the 1980s to show you how to produce an 80s-style chrome text effect, mixing layer style and color overlays to get to the final result.

 

23. How to use Photoshop’s Match Font feature

Tutorial: How to use Photoshop’s Match Font feature

Luke O’Neill runs through how to use the new Match Font feature in Photoshop, and how to get the best results out of it.

 

 

24. Create retro 3D type using Photoshop CS6

Tutorial: Create retro 3D type using Photoshop CS6

3D artist Craig Minchington looks at how to design elegant 3D type using the new tools in Photoshop CS6.

 

25. Spice up 3D type in Photoshop

Retro Photoshop tutorial: Spice up 3D type

Thomas Burden explains how to add texture to lifeless renders of 3D elements to create a Tom Waits-inspired piece, with a grubby old-school New York coffee house aesthetic.

 

26. Create a Retro 80s VHS Style Text Effect

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: 80s VHS typography

Celebrate the 80s with this retro Photoshop tutorial for creating a 1980s VHS image-style.

 

27. Create a Trendy Vintage Landscape Design

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: landscape

Capture the abstract theme of old album art by following this step-by-step Photoshop tutorial for manipulating a landscape photo with various color adjustments in Photoshop, and integrating typography.

 

 

28. Create a Retro Gold Leather Text Effect

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: gold leather effect

Use the shape attributes in Photoshop CC, along with a couple of layer styles, to quickly and easily create a retro, leather-like, 3D text effect.

 

 

29. Create a Funky Retro Wavy Text Effect

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: wavy text effect

Learn how to mask out an image so that it just shows through the editable text, making it friendlier to modifications later on, in this tutorial for creating a retro-colored psychedelic text effect.

 

30. Create a Mech-Inspired Text Effect with Layer Styles

Retro and vintage tutorial: Create a Mech-Inspired Text Effect in Photoshop

Jan Stverak explains how to create a mech-inspired text effect using layer styles in Photoshop.

 

31. Create a 3D Typographic Illustration in Cinema 4D and Photoshop

Retro and vintage tutorials: Create a 3D Typographic Illustration in Cinema 4D and Photoshop

In this advanced tutorial, João Oliveira explains how to create a 3D typographic illustration using Cinema 4D to build the 3D and Photoshop for the post-production.

 

 

 

Retro and vintage posters

 

32. How to Create a Retro Boxing Poster in Photoshop

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: boxing posters

Recreate a 1960s-style boxing poster and brush up on some basic graphic design principles in this 21-step Photoshop tutorial.

 

 

33. Create a Raw Horror Movie Poster Design

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: horror poster

Dig out your most grungy brushes and textures to design an old-school, low-fi horror movie poster this Halloween.

 

34. Make a Retro Space Themed Poster in Photoshop

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: retro-futuristic poster

Combine stock photos, textures and brushes with blend mode techniques and filters to create a striking vintage-style poster design.

 

35. Create a Retro-Futuristic Space Poster in Photoshop

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: space poster

Give your illustrations a retro-futuristic style with this Photoshop tutorial, which walks through how to create a space-themed poster design with intense lighting effects and distressed textures.

 

36. How to Create a Retro Sci-Fi Computer Game Poster

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: retro game

Combine stock photos and distressed, grungy textures to create a retro futuristic poster design.

 

37. Create a Retro Urban Gig Poster in Photoshop

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: gig poster

Andrea Austoni walks through how to create an atmospheric, textured poster for a rave in this video Photoshop tutorial.

 

 

 

Retro and vintage photography tutorials

 

38. How to use stock photography creatively

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: How to use stock photography creatively within your design work

Get creative with stock, with this essential tutorial for quickly creating stunning designs using stock imagery.

 

 

39. Master Photoshop layer effects

Retro and vintage tutorials: Master Photoshop layer effects

Designer and illustrator James White walks through how to add a bold, pop culture retro flair to a photo using Photoshop's filters and layer styles.

 

 

40. How to Create a Natural Pastel Photo Effect

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: pastel photography

Add depth to your images while keeping them neutral, with this handy Photoshop tutorial for creating a pastel photo effect.

 

41. Design a Music Festival Poster in Photoshop

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: vintage Swiss style poster

Learn how to turn digital photos into imperfect analog photos with light leaks, dark vignettes and blurred focus, before creating patterns, mixing images, textures and blend modes to achieve a vintage Swiss-style poster design.

 

 

Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials

 

42. Easy ways to add texture to vector graphics in Photoshop

Retro and vintage tutorials: Easy ways to add texture to vector graphics in Photoshop

Luke O’Neil demonstrates how to quickly create striking graphic backgrounds that will bring your designs to life, using Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.

 

43. Create a Dark Vintage Motorcycle Poster Design

Retro Photoshop tutorial: Create a Dark Vintage Style Motorcycle Poster Design

Combine photography and typography to create a dark, vintage-style motorcycle poster design in this step-by-step Photoshop and Illustrator tutorial.

 

44. Create an Easy Abstract Blur Pattern Design

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: How To Create an Easy Abstract Blur Pattern Design

Design your own abstract gradient pattern art using a mixture of Photoshop and Illustrator techniques.

 

45. Create Retro-Style Geometric Line Artwork

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: retro geometric lines

Create retro-style interweaving geometric-line artwork in Illustrator and add a vintage, aged look in Photoshop.

 

46. How To Create a Retro Style Race Poster

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: race style poster

Switch between Illustrator and Photoshop to create a retro and vintage poster design with screenprint effects.

 

47. Create a Retro-Style Typographic Poster Design

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: retro typography

Transform crisp, clean vector art into a vintage, screenprint-style, typographic poster design with distressed textures and a muted color scheme.

 

48. Create Abstract Geometric Photo Collage Art

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: geometric photo collage

Transform a photograph into an abstract collage of geometric shapes, using Illustrator and Photoshop.

 

49. Design a Retro Postcard with 3D Text

Retro and vintage Photoshop tutorials: retro postcard

Recreate the vintage postcard style of image-based 3D text – each letter has a different image – with this tutorial for creating retro postcards.

 

50. How to Create a Distressed Retro Logo in Illustrator and Photoshop

Tutorial: How to Create a Distressed Retro Logo in Illustrator and Photoshop

Design a classic 40s and 50s-style logo with this step-by-step retro Photoshop tutorial – which comes with a free Supergrain Photoshop PSD to instantly distress your designs.

 

ATTENTION DESIGNERS AND ILLUSTRATORS!
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Dustin Lee
Dustin Lee

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2 Responses

Dameon
Dameon

October 14, 2016

This here is a nice collection of Old-damn-school. Thanks for compiling such a useful list. Can’t wait to 80’s up this piece!

Jean-Michel
Jean-Michel

October 13, 2016

Pfffiouuuuuuuu (french ^^) Wow! Thank you! Heuu…is it possible to suspend the time?

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