30 Vintage Photoshop Tutorials

March 16, 2012 · 1 comment

by Eric Shafer

Vintage styles have so many applications in design, from poster designs with vintage typography, to vintage styled Polaroid photographs, and vintage backgrounds in web design.  Mastering the use of vintage effects in design is almost a job by itself, but luckily, there are a lot of Photoshop tutorials out there to help guide you on your way.

In this post, I’ve gathered up 30 high quality vintage Photoshop tutorials that will teach you how to do everything from vintage typography to photographic effects and icon design.

Let us know which tutorials are your favorite by leaving a comment.


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Create a Cosmic Sci-fi Poster Design in Photoshop

This Photoshop tutorial teaches you how to apply photomanipulation and techniques from Cinema4D and Illustrator to create a great poster.

Sci Fi Poster Tutorial

Create Vintage Coupon in Photoshop

This tutorial will lead you through the process of creating vintage coupon in Photoshop. Combine basic shapes, textures, filters and stock images to achieve the final design.

Vintage Coupon Tutorial

Space-Helmeted Future Retro Illustration

Call it Future Retro for the sake of this tutorial. Catch the artist’s take on the style in pitching a poster and overall look for a night at a local club. This tutorial goes over the meat and potatoes of its creation!

Space Helmet Retro Illustration Tutorial

Breathtaking Dreamy Vintage Photoshop Tutorial

Vintage effects can often have a dreamy feel to them, and this tutorial teaches you how to create a cool dreamy vintage effect.

Dreamy Vintage Photoshop Tutorial

Iconic Poster Design w/Video Tutorial

This tutorial will teach you how to create the following poster using great vintage vectors.

Iconic Poster Design Tutorial

Create a Vintage Traveler Diary in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a stylish travel diary in Photoshop by using some vintage styles, stock photos and blend modes.

Vintage Traveler Diary Photoshop Tutorial

Create a Vintage DIY T-Shirt Design

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create authentic collegiate t-shirt designs using some fun techniques.

DIY Vintage TShirt Tutorial

Create an Antique Ace of Spades

This tutorial teaches you how to create an aged ace of spades using several layers and blend mode tricks.

Ace of Spades Photoshop tutorial

Create a Sweet Old School Album Cover using a Dull Digital Photo

Sometimes, you end up with dull looking digital photos that you don’t have much use for…until now.  In this tutorial you’ll see how to take a dull photo and make it into a sweet, old-school album cover.

Retro Photoshop Tutorial

Creating an Abstract Watercolor Wallpaper

Watercolor effects can be created in Photoshop pretty easily, but most of them look cheesy.  Here’s how to create a vintage poster using a watercolor effect that looks great.

Watercolor Wallpaper Tutorial

Make a Worn, Vintage Beach Ad in Photoshop

This tutorial will show you how to make an inspirational vintage ad with a worn feeling to it.

Vintage Beach Ad Tutorial

Design a Vintage Clock Radio in Photoshop

Photoshop can be used to create lots of icons and other interesting UI elements, and here you’ll learn how to make an old, vintage clock radio using simple techniques.

Radio Icon Photoshop Tutorial

Imitating ‘A Scanner Darkly’

A Scanner Darkly is a film based on a Philip K. Dick novel, and is renowned for it’s almost bizarre film technique called rotoscoping.  Here, you’ll see how to emulate this style for an almost vintage feel.

Scanner Darkly Photoshop Tutorial

Create a Retro/Vintage Summer Poster Illustration

Vintage styles always seem to work really well for poster design, and in this tutorial, you’ll see how to create a summer poster illustration.

Retro Summer Poster Tutorial

Create a Stunning Old World Look in Photoshop

This tutorial will teach you how to create an old-world composition with a compass and some vector artworks.

How to Mix Cool Retro Curves into Your Photographs

Retro and vintage styles often go hand in hand and the styles can easily be applied to your photographs, here’s how to do it.

Cool Retro Curves Tutorial

Create a Simple, Effective Logo with a Soft Grunge Background

This tutorial will teach you how to make a nice logo with a soft grunge background in a vintage/retro style.

Soft Grunge Background Logo Tutorial

Use Cross Processing to Achieve a Vintage Film Style Photograph

Cross-processing achieves an effect similar to darkrooms used in older photographs, where chemicals could cause a distinct shift in color.  Here’s how to do this with Photoshop.

Colorize a Photo for a Vintage Style Effect

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

Colorize a Photo Tutorial

Create Detailed Vintage Typography

Using Photoshop and Illustrator, this tutorial will teach you how to create detailed vintage typography.

Vintage Typography Tutorial

Design a Vintage Poster using Vector Packs

Vector packs like those from GoMedia can be useful, and this tutorial shows you how to use them for a vintage poster design.

Vintage Poster with Vectors Tutorial

Create a Vintage Squid by Combining Photographs and Illustrated Elements

Combining photographs and illustrated elements is a common design technique, and here you’ll see how to make a vintage squid design using these techniques.

Vintage Squid Illustration Tutorial

Design a Typographic Concept Poster

Using vintage styles combined with typography, it’s possible to create some great poster designs, such as the one in this tutorial.

Typographic Concept Poster tutorial

Create a Retro/Vintage Apple Wallpaper

Vintage and retro wallpapers can look beautiful because the minimal aspect combined with a texture can really bring out the wallpaper’s detail while not being distracting.  This tutorial teaches you how to make an Apple wallpaper with these styles.

Retro Apple Wallpaper Tutorial

Secret Photoshop Technique: Typography Art Design

This tutorial will show you how to combine colors, typography and vintage styles for a great piece of typographic art.

Secret Photoshop Typography

Create a 60’s Style Pyschedelic Concert Poster

In the 60’s, pyschedelic styles were all the rage, and you’ll find out how to create this vintage style in this tutorial.

Psychedelic Concert Poster

Retro Car Vectors

Learn how to draw a retro illustration in Illustrator using vector brushes and a solid workflow, which uses a photograph as the basis for creating a vintage style artwork. Using vector brushes you can add loads of style, such as paint splatters, vary the vector linework, and layer the coloring. This is a versatile workflow to use for creating retro vector illustrations with loads of detail and personality.

Retro Car Vectors

Craft a Vintage Postage Stamp in Photoshop

In this easy, step-by-step Photoshop tutorial, learn how to craft a Realistic Vintage Postage Stamp. This is a pretty simple tutorial making use of basic to intermediate Photoshop techniques and features such as masking, creating your own custom brush, configuring brush presets and color adjustments.

Vintage Postage Stamp in Photoshop

Design a Vintage Grunge Poster in Photoshop

This tutorial will show you how to use patterns and visual organization with Photoshop guides to create vintage grunge poster.

Grunge Poster in Photoshop

Create a Texture Based Vintage TV Poster

Textures are one of the fundamental parts of vintage styles, and this tutorial teaches you how to apply textures to their maximum.

Vintage TV Poster in Photoshop

Author : Eric Shafer

Eric Shafer is a creative media enthusiast from Chicago, IL. He works frequently in the fields of graphic design, web design, web development, programming, audio, music and computer graphics. He is one of the administration team members at CreativeFan

 

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Erin July 27, 2012 at 5:54 am

This is awesome, thanks!

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