Mobile apps that lend a vintage styling to photos and videos have been in vogue, emulating the recent craze for simple film cameras from the likes of Lomography.

Among these apps are the all-conquering Instagram to the still-popular Hipstamatic. And there's even Plastic Bullet Camera – the latter based on colour-correction technology developed for Red Giant’s Hollywood-quality video and Photoshop plug-ins. Both have won favour with designers and hipsters from Shoreditch to Sunderland.

In this tutorial, Fabio Sasso will show you how you can create retro lighting effects in Photoshop with a degree of control that means you get exactly the look you want without the trial-and-error aspect of the iPhone apps. And when you work with high-res photos and Photoshop’s toolset, the results are far superior, too.

Time to complete

2 hours


Photoshop CS4 or higher

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