RETRO FOTO FX IN PHOTOSHOP | Graham Moore | Skillshare


Graham Moore, graphic artist_educator


Graham Moore, graphic artist_educator

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We will start by sourcing some color retro/vintage images, either from magazines, books etc or online and then place them in photoshop, then we will proceed to apply various fx, including desaturation, adjusting brightness & contrast levels, using the threshold and halftone screen filters, adding color gradients and working with channels, playing with blending modes and layer hierarchy! This class is for ALL levels and focused not so much on the end results but the process and the happy accidents that may occur!

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Graham Moore

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Hello, I'm Graham. 

I graduated from art & design school in London. Since 1991 Los Angeles has been home. I have taught in the Art Center at Night program, employing non-digital techniques. Teaching those techniques led me to create hand-made work of my own, using every kind of mixed-media, including collage, cut and paste, pop culture imagery, found ephemera, etc. and other random sources. Over the past 8 years i have taught  graphic design & typography at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Woodbury University in Burbank, The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles, UCLA extension program and The Art Institute in North Hollywood. I also teach in the Saturday High program at Art Center and am a mentor. I have participated ... See full profile

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1. INTRO TO RETRO FOTO FX: Hi, I'm Graeme law and welcome to another one of my online creative classes. In this class, I will be sharing three of my personal favorite Photoshop techniques, effects, which I have picked up on over the years and have applied in my own freelance work, especially in quite a few of my Instagram posts. In the first technique I will be showing you how to make your image high contrast, imitating a style that was made popular back in the late sixties using coated with film. The style also became very popular and closely associated with the DIY punk and grunge graphic movements. In the second technique, we will be applying a half-term daughter tracked and also touching on using blending Modes and adding a color gradient. And finally, we will apply a 3d effect to our image to give it a nice retro look. So if you want to learn how to apply these effects, let's open up Photoshop and get creative. 2. HOW TO CREATE KODALITH STYLE: So the first thing we're going to do is open our image in Photoshop. And as you can see here, I have a colour image. First thing I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go to image mode, grayscale. What that does is turns it from being color into black and white. And right here we're going to say discard color information. Now we have our black and white image. Then next we're going to go down to the bottom of the layers panel here, to this adjustment layer, which is this little circle icon, this build with half white, half black. We're going to click on that. And we're going to come down to threshold. The, as you can see, we get this dialog box here so we can manipulate the image to get it to where we want it to be. We want the blacks to be in black and the white to be widen. This is gonna kinda be up to you to play around with them and watch density that you want in your image. But I'm gonna go with something like that. Maybe just to start with. So that is the threshold part of this exercise, turning it for the code list effect. And the second part of this exercise, we're going to add a color to this image. So what we need to do to be able to do that is go back up to image mode, and we have to go back to RGB color. So I'll come down here to RGB color. And it'll ask me if I want to flatten the image. I'm going to say yes. Right? So it just flattened it together here. Now I am going to come now I have, this is even though it looks black and white, it is color. So now I'm going to come over here and I'm going to select a color that I want. Let's see, some kinda nice pink color like that. And I'm gonna come here to my rectangle tool. And I'm going to draw a rectangle over the top of my image. And as you can see, it's on top and we can't see anything. So now we're going to play with the blending modes a little bit. And the blending Modes reside right here where it says normal. If you click on that little diamond pointing arrow, you get all of these different blending modes. And so now we can go through these and see what kind of effects we get. So far. I think I like darken. But each one of these will give you, this one does reverse. So somebody's work, some of these are not going to work for you. That one's kind of cool. I always like the hotline. The differences. The images dark is you still have your black image here on the color. Whereas hard light, it's like a tone on turn. I like that one, so I'm gonna keep that one. And that's how we create our code live style in Photoshop. 3. HOW TO CREATE A HALFTONE DOT EFFECT WITH A COLOR GRADIENT: So the first thing we're gonna do is open up our image in Photoshop. Even though this image looks like it's black, white, it is actually RGB. So will come up again to this top menu bar. And we're going to go image adjustments and come all the way down to D saturate. And if you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, it is shipped command you. Now we will go back up to image adjustments and come over to brightness and contrast. And we just wanted to check our image to make sure that, you know, are blacks are nice and black and same with the white. If you want to play with that, you can. I'm just going to maybe adjust the brightness just a little bit. And I can preview that here by turning the PV on or off to see what my change did here. So then I'm gonna say, okay, next, I'm going to come to filter pixelate color half-term. So filter pixelate color half-term. And you'll be presented with this dialogue box. Your maximum radius is something you can play with. I would go the range seems to be between 515. So right now I'm right in the middle at ten. And all of yours channels, which are your screen angles, should be set at 45. So if you have different numbers in here, just make sure that their old 45. And then we'll say, okay, and that will apply that have turned on screen. Now you might think that you can't really see it that well. But if you look down here, we're only at 27.8%. So if we zoom in to a 100%, Now you can see how that dot was applied and that looks pretty good. Then I'm gonna do Command 0 just to take me out to the full screen mode. Now we're going to, the final step is we're going to add a color gradient. So I'm gonna create a new layer. I'm going to name it gradient. Then I'm gonna come over here to my Gradient tool, which is in the toolbar, and select it. When you do that, you will be presented with all these different gradients already like preset, or you can make your own gradient. We're just going to stay with this one for now. So I'm going to say OK. And then the next step will be to drag your gradient bar across your image. And again, this is just for you to play with. You can go horizontal, vertical, diagonally. Let's do, I'm just gonna do diagonal and I'm just going to drag it literally from one side to the other side. That's perfect. And then finally, I'm going to come back here to my blending modes, which is under normal. And then we can go through and play with our blending modes and see what we get. So if you come to darken, that's quite nice. Multiply, Color, Burn, lighten so you can see how you can get all of these different cool effects with the blending Modes. Blending modes are great to play with. But for this exercise, I'm just gonna put it on to multiply. And if you wanted to, if you feel that this gradient is too strong, you can always come up to the opacity C and drop that down a little bit if you just wanted to back off of the saturation of the color. But I am going to leave it like that. So that is how we create a half-term dot with a color gradient in Photoshop. 4. HOW TO CREATE A 3D EFFECT : Tutorial, I'm gonna show you how to create a quick and easy 3D effect in Photoshop. First thing we need to do is open up our color image that we're going to use. And then the next thing, we need to duplicate this background layer. So you can do this a couple of different ways. If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, you can use command control J. Or we can come up here to the little hamburger menu and say Duplicate Layer. And then we'll say, okay, next thing I'm gonna do is rename this layer red. Then what I wanna do is come down to the effects which is at the bottom of the Layers panel and click on Blending Options. That will give us a layer style panel. And in here, we need to turn off the blue and the green channels. Just leave the red one ticked. Then we'll say, Okay, next step is to duplicate this red layer. So again, I'm going to come up here to live a hamburger menu and say Duplicate Layer. We'll say okay. Then I'm going to rename this layer. Cyan. Then come down to the effects. Click on Blending Options. This time we want to turn off the red, but make sure the green and the blue are checked on. And then say, okay. And then our final step will be to most comeback and select the red layer. And with the arrow keys on my keyboard, I'm just going to nudge it over a little bit. Maybe like four or five integers. So 12345. And then I'm gonna come up to my cyan layer. We're gonna do the same thing, but this time we'll be nurturing it to the right. So I'm going to nudge it 12345. So something like that. Feel free to experiment and play with that. How many times, you know, jet. And that's pretty much how you create a easy 3D effect in Photoshop.