30 Fantastic Photoshop Tutorials for Creating Vintage and Retro Designs

Do you love 1900’s all the way to 1980’s design style? Or have you forgotten about those vintage years even when it’s just the 2010’s?

In this collection, we have 30 incredible vintage and retro Adobe Photoshop tutorials for you.

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We are going to create a retro-colored psychedelic background, which we are then going to apply to some text. The purpose of this tutorial is to learn how to mask out an image so that it just shows through the editable text, making it friendlier to modifications later on. We will also work with layering textures to create a grungy retro background.


Make a Retro-Space Typography Poster with Colorful Lights

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a stunning and high-impact retro-style typography poster that’s out of this world.


Learn how to combine patterns, textures and typography to create a retro styled poster. You will also learn how to manipulate shapes and images, in addition to integrating blending options and layer masking.


Follow these simple steps in Photoshop to create an homage to Apple, combining the retro striped Apple logo with a range of soft grungy textures to produce a detailed design with subtle touches of colour and tone.


The theme of retro futurism combines digitally created graphics and abstract shapes with distressed and aged textures, giving that cool mix of old and new. Let’s take a look at how to create our own bright and colourful retro futuristic poster in Photoshop, using dynamic lines, vibrant gradients and rough textures to build up the design layer after layer.


This tutorial will cover some really cool illustration techniques, exploring Photoshop’s vector capabilities as well as playing with textures and selection methods.


This tutorial will teach you how to design a mock-retro poster. Learn how to manipulate photos and achieve a grungy, textured look.


So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a very cool poster in just 10 steps. We will use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, but you may use other tools


Get inspired by this great looking retro poster in this great Photoshop tutorial thanks to UBL Tuts.


How to Make a Worn Vintage Beach Flyer in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a worn out, low-saturation-colored vintage beach ad in Photoshop. We’ll use some beginner to intermediate level techniques such as the usage of brushes, editing colors, using filters, masking and a whole lot more!


This tutorial will teach you how to recreate the Retro Cosmic designs made popular by James White of Signalnoise. All you need is a copy of Photoshop and some time on your hands. In this particular example we’re going to create a retro cosmic rainbow but the techniques explained can be used in combination with any shape and colour.


In this creative tutorial you will learn how to create, a retro grunge Apple wallpaper, in Photoshop, just by following this 5 simple and easy steps. We will be combining the Apple stripe logo with a nice grunge texture and grunge brushes to create this beautiful wallpaper.


Creating the new retro flyer

The two keys to this tutorial are to experiment and to have fun. There is no single, linear way to achieve this composition when so many variables are at work, so each small alteration can throw other elements into flux. I will offer you some guidelines and pointers, but it will ultimately be up to you.


In this tutorial, you’re going to learn how to create a vintage, retro-modernist poster in Photoshop. You’ll also learn some vintage coloring techniques, retro photo effects, and some cool 3d typographic effects. You’ll also need Adobe Illustrator to create vector paths that will then be imported into 3ds max. This won’t be a typical step by step tutorial, but more of a walk through of how I created this poster for a real client.


In this tutorial you will learn how to create a retro style poster. This is not an advance tutorial but you should have basic knowledge of Photoshop.


Create a Texture Based Vintage TV Poster in Photoshop

This tutorial will teach you how to create a Texture Based Vintage TV Poster using some paper and grunge textures. You’ll also learn some new tricks using the Wave and Motion Blur Filters.


Create an Abstract Retro-Pop Wallpaper

In this cool Photoshop poster tutorial, you will make a beautiful, vibrant, Retro-Pop abstract wallpaper. You’ll also learn how to add some wonderful texture to your designs and make some abstract shapes!


Amazing Retro Rainbow Curves

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to design some amazing vector based Retro Rainbow Curves using Adobe Photoshop. These retro artifacts have become a popular trend in modern design!


Design a Stylish Retro Game Boy Poster in Photoshop

This tutorial will walk you through the process of creating a vector Nintendo Gameboy in Illustrator and then using it to produce a cool retro poster in Photoshop.


I’m going to call it Future Retro for the sake of this tutorial.


Creating a retrograde look is nothing new, but there are some things to keep an eye out for when mimicking Graphic Design from any decades past. We’ll be drawing inspiration from Poster Design from the 1960s, particularly Boxing Posters from that era. Let’s get started!


In this complex and long tutorial, we will be making this abstract photo collage. Lots of images are used with exciting effects. Along the way, you will be using different blend modes, filters and some advanced adjustment layer techniques.


In this tutorial, I will show you how to create an abstract image for a poster using Illustrator and Photoshop. We will do all the vectors and shades in Illustrator then in Photoshop we’ll give to the image a nice retro style using some textures and brushes.


In this tutorial, we are going to take a regular, boring photo and liven it up using some effects to give it more of a retro feel. We are then going to take the photo and create a background for it to lie on.


In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to design a poster for an 80′s anthem party. Throughout this tutorial, we’ll create some textures for backgrounds, manipulate a photo to give it a stylish look, and make some color variations. Let’s jump into this super rad tutorial.


In this tutorial, we’ll fuse an image of a Muscle Car and an image of a Hot Chick into one cool retro postcard design. Learn some brush, texture, and layer techniques to create a classic image everyone wants to get a hold of.


So we’re going to make a gig poster! Subject matter: Def Tones and The Fall of Troy in Cleveland, Ohio at the House of Blues on May 30th.


Serigraphs are silkscreen prints that, in the hands of artists such as Andy Warhol, Michael Schwab and Antonio Reboiro, can be exciting, colorful, high-contrast images.


In this tutorial we’ll learn how to create a retro sunflower poster in Photoshop. We’ll use custom brushes, multiple images, different blending modes and applying different Photoshop techniques.


I get inspired by retro magazines and 70’s lifestyle. My works are powerful, stylish and full of bright colours. I love to work with vectors, I think vectors can create amazing images with a clear and modern look.


In this tutorial we will be designing a cool retro text effect, which is growing more and more popular in today’s design. Today you will learn how to use the Perspective tool to create depth and how designers can use default gradients in unusual ways!


In this reader tutorial Nikola Lazarevic aka Colaja from Nis, Serbia will show us how to create a very stylish vintage traveler diary in this easy Photoshop tutorial. We will mix brushes with stock photos and blend modes to achieve the effect.


In this tutorial we will go through the few steps to create a vinyl record and design a retro sticker for the same.


In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a typographic face by using simple techniques. Using the Brush Tool and experimenting with light, you will get this amazing Typographic Space Face that looks like it’s created by letters and an amazing explosion.


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