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How to create a classic-looking Sixties-style photograph effect

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
June 15, 2013

How to bring the golden days of photography using Photoshop with a couple of filters to give the appearance that the image was taken way back then

Retro classic effect

Step 1

Start off by creating a duplicate of the layer (Cmd/Ctrl+J) and going to Filter>Render>Fibers. Set Variance to 6 and Strength to 4 and hit OK.




Step 2

Invert the texture (Cmd/Ctrl+I), and change its blend mode to Screen. Lower its Opacity to 60%.





Step 3

Click on the Background layer and remove all colour using Image>Adjustments>Desaturate (Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+U).




Step 4

On the Background layer, go to Filter>Blur>Motion Blur, setting Angle to 85 and Distance to 15px. This will make the image slightly degraded and blurry.




Step 5

Lastly, open the Levels adjustment (Cmd/Ctrl+L) and drag the Output Levels arrow in the black region inwards to fade the image.


Changing the various settings of the Fibers and Motion Blur filters will change the impact of the effect. When you’re done making your image, use the Save As command to save out this new version of your image.