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5 easy-to-create retro photo styles

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
October 20, 2014

Turn back the digital clock to the time of chemicals and plastic cameras

1. Infrared

On portraits, infrared film makes red lips look darker, adds grain and introduces a glowing effect. Convert to monochrome via Image>Adjustments>Black & White. Use 10% red and 160% yellow then go to Filter>Distrort>Diffuse Glow. Enter Graininess 6, Glow 1 and Clear 15. Add a Curves adjustment layer to increase contrast and darken.

2. Cyanotype

This was an early printing process designed for duplicating blueprints, hence it consists of cyan tones and white. The key feature is that the cyan tones replace the black: convert the image to monochrome then add a new layer. Fill this layer with solid blue, change the mode to Linear (add) and reduce the Opacity.

3. Daguerreotype

Introduced in 1839, daguerreotype was the first large-scale photo reproduction process. Go to Filter>Texture>Grain and set the Intensity to 20, Contrast to 30 and Type to Enlarged. Now go to Image>Adjustments>Black & White. Set Reds to 0%, Yellow to 15%, Greens to 10%, Cyans to 50%, Bues to 20% and Magentas to 0%.

4. Bleach bybass

During the development of the print, reducing o removing the bleach bath reduces saturation, increases contrast and adds graininess. Go to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation and reduce by 50-60%. Then use the Grain filter with regular grain type, Intensity 10 and Contrast 65. Add a Curves adjustment for more contrast too.

5. Lomo LC-A

Lomo is a Russian-made plastic camera famed for lurry prints, odd colour shifts and the occasional light streak. Go to Image>Adjustments>Colour Balance and increase Cyan, Green and Blur. Add a surface blur and create a new layer with a mono circular gradient fill set to Soft Light. Add a layer with red streaks for light leaks.

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