Photoshop tutorial: Create fab 1980s type effects

Step 11
Now let’s add another texture: this one will be an aged paper texture that will sit on top of the other layers. You can buy the one I used from Shutterstock at, or use a similar one of your own. Import it into your document, resize and place it suitably, and change its blending mode to Multiply.

Step 12
Creating light streaks is easy: add another layer and use the Rectangular Marquee tool (M) to create a rectangular section, as shown here. Then use the Gradient tool (G) to create a gradient from black to white, and fill the selection with the gradient. Change the blending mode to Color Dodge, and in the Eraser tool (E), use a very large, soft brush to delete the edges of the light.

Step 13
Move the light streak and duplicate it, then rotate and position the streaks using the Transform tool (Cmd/Ctrl + T) to create a triangle, as shown here. Add a new layer on top of the others – but beneath the paper layer – and use some grunge brushes to distress the image (I’ve used one created by Eduardo Recife:, or you can browse the free grunge brushes here:

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