With vintage-inspired imagery becoming ever more popular, artists are increasingly experimenting with distressing photos to match the effect of vintage printing techniques.

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In this tutorial, we’ll use channel mixing, blending modes and opacity techniques to create a distressed vintage print texture on an image, complete with printer grain.

Once you’ve understood the basics, you’ll be able to develop these techniques for use in more elaborate forms of photo-manipulation, including applying textures to montages and illustrations.

For this Masterclass, you’ll need a shot of a suitably retro model or subject, plus an aged texture, the likes of which can be obtained for free from sites such as

Time to complete

Less than 5 minutes


Photoshop CS3 or higher

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