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That seventies tutorial

posted by Quevaal, Sep 17, 2006 11:45 AM — 46 comments

In this tutorial we'll take a look at a way to get retro colours in Photoshop.

For this I chose the nice Turquoise R4 2 by sugarplumk :

Fine car, but the lighting is very modern.

First, we'll have to make a gray version, and in this case, we'll do that in image > calculations

I won't dwelve too much about your options here, but for this tutorial, just select red, Blending: normal and Result: New document.

OK, so we have a gray car. Now convert the document to grayscale and reconvert it to RGB afterwards.

First we need to give the gray picture a warmer look. Go to image > adjust > selective color

Select neutrals and adjust Cyan to the left and Yellow to the right. 15% will do for both of them, but just experiment.
After Neutral, do the same for blacks.

Now the car looks like this:

Drag this version over the original car as a new layer and choose a blending method.

Now the fun starts!
A lot of them will work really well and give different results.



Soft light

Hard light






Now, if you combine this with some aging techniques, you can get a really good result.

I don't know which car to pick. Do you?

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1. posted by jhounshell, Nov 6, 2006 7:10 PM

Rock on!

That really does the trick.

I think it would be just as easy this way, and you never leave the same document or color space:
1) select the red channel in the channels palette
2) select all
3) copy
4) Select the RGB channel and go back to layers palette.
5) Paste the selection you made from the Red channel. Now you have a new "grey" layer
6) Now do your sepia shift with selective color
7) same results with layer modes

2. posted by headsh0t, Dec 1, 2006 4:38 PM

cool tutorial, The hue ar is very cool!

3. posted by dirty, Sep 17, 2006 3:31 PM


4. posted by thursdaypo, Sep 17, 2006 9:08 PM

Awesome tutorial, I have been looking for one like this for a while.

5. posted by theRIAA, Sep 18, 2006 2:16 AM

this is awsome, hard light and overlay give a look that ive been wondering how to do for some time, you can put the original on top of everything and add a tranparecny to lessen the effect!

6. posted by ovelha, Sep 20, 2006 2:05 PM

Very good tip!

Easy, quick and useful.

SP - Brasil

7. posted by yoduffy, Sep 20, 2006 10:34 PM

absolutely great job, thx very much mate

8. posted by sugarplumk, Sep 21, 2006 9:03 PM

Lovely tutorial and thanks for using my photo. :)


9. posted by cseifert, Sep 22, 2006 10:56 PM

muito bom...valeu

10. posted by acidliam, Sep 25, 2006 10:37 PM

thats a snazzy little tutorial. :)

11. posted by reuben4eva, Sep 26, 2006 2:53 AM

I love retro colors. This is catchy. Thanks for the tutorial!

12. posted by viiieast, Sep 27, 2006 9:23 PM

What's the font you used on the intro image that says, "Retro Colours"? I've been looking for that font forever!!

13. posted by rotten1987, Sep 28, 2006 3:06 PM

Yeah, nice tutorial. Thanks.
PS. I'm interested in that font too. It looks familiar to Deftone Stylus font, but it's a little different... better I think :)

14. posted by SMaturin, Sep 29, 2006 12:19 PM

Thanks allot

15. posted by katareena, Oct 5, 2006 1:50 PM

Great! :-) Thank you.

16. posted by minmax, Oct 5, 2006 5:55 PM

Is'nt much simple with Photo Filter "Sepia"?

17. posted by greatuser, Oct 17, 2006 7:14 AM


18. posted by itsduc, Oct 20, 2006 2:31 PM

Interesting! Thnaks a lot.
One thing: what is the font name you use? Is it Candy?

19. posted by rhyl, Oct 24, 2006 2:33 PM

Great tutorial

20. posted by cjspencer, Nov 1, 2006 1:07 PM

Quality m8, Loves it, Loves it, Loves it!! d:oP

21. posted by taylorau, Nov 3, 2006 8:57 AM

Two Thumbs up.

Not familiar with the "Image>Calc." method and found it kind of wonky to use.

I Achieved the first step with this method:

1. Duplicated original layer and opened the "Image>Adj>Channel Mixer" Pallet.
2. Selected the "Red" Channel and checked the "Monochrome" Box, closed pallet.

I found this much easier and no converting back to RGB from gray scale and dragging new layers.

Not to take away from the tutorial though, THANKS AGAIN. :) Who knew it was this easy? Kudos.

22. posted by mincevv, Nov 5, 2006 1:56 AM

You asked: "I don't know which car to pick. Do you?"

Well if you ask me, your next tutorial car must be VW Beetle!

Thanx for this great tutorial.

23. posted by rachwelian, Nov 10, 2006 3:37 PM

Wah! What's up with the spacing? This page has come out around 10000 pixels wide... It's confusing to read.

24. posted by Quevaal, Nov 14, 2006 5:31 PM

@22 There was a bug at the time of posting.

25. posted by macsenrut, Nov 14, 2006 8:24 PM

I like the effects you can get by using calc instead of just blending modes. But I can't figure out how to get the channel i've made out fo greyscale. It either looks really funny or is grey... Any suggestions?

26. posted by WHAZZUP, Nov 20, 2006 3:28 PM

Nice trick! Keep up the good work!

27. posted by 3body, Nov 22, 2006 11:00 AM

Thanks for the tutorial

28. posted by joeytakesh, Nov 24, 2006 4:28 AM

nice tutorial! thnx alot for it! =)

29. posted by joeytakesh, Nov 24, 2006 4:29 AM

nice tutorial! thnx alot for it! =)

30. posted by Daino_16, Dec 5, 2006 6:57 AM

That is soooo totallyyyyy wicked!!!

31. posted by killer357, Dec 8, 2006 3:50 PM

Kick butt man, That's really kewl

32. posted by creus, Dec 12, 2006 10:54 AM

Thanks for the tutorial.

33. posted by mandyrc, Dec 22, 2006 6:00 AM

very nice tutorial

34. posted by MeHere, Dec 22, 2006 7:09 AM

cool, tutorial, thankya.

Scrolling through the different effects, I got to 'hue', and the car is EXACTLY the same colour as my dad's old car (70s era, lol). 'Vitamin C orange' its called. So there's authentic for ya! :)

35. posted by Andeton, Dec 29, 2006 1:48 AM

great tut queval

easy way to desaturate :
duplicate your layer, hit ctrl+shift+U
(apple/command+shit+U for macs) and your done!
proceed then to next steps of the tutorial...
by the way i like the "screen" one

36. posted by gabi27, Feb 2, 2007 6:45 AM

This is brilliant, thanks for sharing!! I've done some pictures this way, and it's amazing what results I've achieved, just what I was looking for! Thanks again for showing us!

37. posted by joshuadio, Feb 20, 2007 8:30 AM

Lovely tut mate! Thanks a lot

38. posted by gokercy61, Mar 9, 2007 10:18 PM

"Screen" gives a marvellous result I think. Just like 70's! Thanks...

39. posted by charcoa1, Jun 18, 2007 11:13 PM

Cool tut - love the shot you chose - all the effects look great in their own way!! No duds in there :)

40. posted by abhijitraj, Nov 2, 2007 11:17 AM


41. posted by kireisa, Mar 20, 2008 2:17 PM

WOW! This is GREAT! Thank you for taking the time to do this tutorial!

42. posted by blondie990, Jul 29, 2008 12:51 AM

hard light is my fav =D

43. posted by VinnyPrime, Oct 13, 2008 9:41 PM

Thanks for the tips?

44. posted by disenoweb9, Feb 22, 2013 7:55 AM

AWESOME. thank you for taking your time to teach us! I really learned a lot. WOW.

45. posted by careersB, May 27, 2013 3:57 AM

thanks for the tips
but as a beginner i had to go and find all the things you mentioned
but otherwise it was good

46. posted by carlislekm, Jul 29, 2013 4:34 AM

Very interesting

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