I have had quite a few people asking about how I do my retro photos. This is a quick and very easy tutorial that should help those who want to learn the art of taking a photo, and making it an old fashion vintage picture. Well, I for one like the style, and I hope this helps those who wish to try it out.

Here's the final result:


Open your original image.


Duplicate the layer.


Go to Image/Apply Image.

Change Multiply to Screen.


Go to Filter/Blur/Gaussian Blur. Chose (about) 20.0


Change this blurred layer to Soft Light.


Merge everything.


Create 2 blank layers.


Fill the top with a cream/ yellow color. Fill the second with a dark blue.


Change the fill and opacity to 70% on both layers.


Put the yellow layer on Multiply.


Put the blue layer on Lighten.


(optional) Merge all and then open a texture on a new layer.


Set the texture layer to Multiply.


Merge all and then duplicate the layer.


Go to Levels and darken the top layer as shown.


Erase the layer in the center with a large, soft Eraser.


Merge all.


Final Result


About the author

Alex Roman

I'm a 26-year old independent graphic artist and architect based in Bucharest and also co-owner of icanbecreative.

I specialize in branding for small businesses and startups: logos, websites, flyers, posters; mostly everything a brand may need to put the word out there in a professional way.

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  • Bobby
    2009-08-19 02:39:08
    awesome..nice combination.
  • Andrew
    2009-08-19 02:39:24
    Very simple tutorial! Nice one mate :p
  • Nancy
    2009-08-19 02:39:45
    this really very helpful and explained in a very simple way
  • David
    2009-10-29 13:34:17
    Will definitely give this a try
  • 2010-04-02 21:05:14
    wow, I love your tutorials. thanks!
  • 2010-04-13 02:57:22
    Such a cool tutorial, the end product is amazing dude!
  • 2010-07-06 01:52:17
    Ah just nooticed, it lightens everything up! Thanks again!
  • 2010-07-06 03:10:54
    nice, thanks for share :)
  • 2010-08-26 00:56:28
    VERY cool ! i loved it!
  • ay
    2010-09-29 04:14:08
    hello.. kinda helping me >.< how to fill the layer with yellow pr dark blue color? thanks before :)
  • romi
    2011-03-04 09:01:05
    ive been searching for this effect for years, thank u so much!!
  • 2011-03-11 01:53:24
    wow.. great tutorial
  • Tyler
    2011-04-21 14:36:46
    Where it says, "(optional) Merge all and then open a texture on a new layer." is where it gets confusing. How do you do that?
  • Alex Roman
    2011-04-21 18:08:44
    Select the layers you want to merge, and press Ctrl+E (merge shortcut). Now get a paper texture, search Google, you will find many.
  • YuShiro
    2011-05-13 13:09:46
    awesome!!! really inspired me a lot! just one thing, which version of PS would you recommend
  • 2011-07-27 15:45:32
    wow, looks good!which program is it, to create such vintage photos?
  • Ariane
    2011-12-19 13:53:47
    Thanks! The photo looks good.
  • marija
    2012-01-05 10:53:21
    how to fill the layers with yellow and blue?
  • mia
    2012-03-09 09:51:58
  • 2012-09-23 18:21:25
    Great post! I like the picture