VHS PHOTOSHOP EFFECT
Just like some of the low quality old photos, there is something special about the imperfections of VHS tapes. Replicating the style of all those glitches in Photoshop is easier than you think. As you might guess, there are lots of different ways to achieve a VHS effect in Photoshop; some are very complex and detailed while others are a bit simpler but effective as well. Today, I'll show you how you can achieve a realistic VHS Effect in Photoshop that mimics a 90’s feel using a very simple texture and a few native Photoshop effects.
But before we start, and if you want to follow the tutorial as described, please download the following free assets:
Open the main image in Photoshop.
Select the Horizontal Type Tool (T) and add some text to emulate the time and date of the recording. In this case, I am using the font called “VCR OSD Mono”.
Go to Layer > Merge Down.
Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and draw a selection as shown.
Whit the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) still selected and with the selection active, hold the Shift key on your keyboard and add a few more rectangular selections as shown.
Go to Filter > Distort > Shear. Add 2 more anchor points to the grid as shown, be sure to check “Repeat Edge Pixels” and click OK.
With the selection still active, go to Edit > Copy and then to Edit > Paste Special > Paste in Place. Rename this new layer to “Glitch”.
With the “Glitch” layer selected go to Filter > Distort > Wave. Apply the following settings and click OK.
Go to File > Place. Locate the glitch screen texture file on your computer and click Place.
Resize the texture to cover the whole canvas and hit the Enter key on your keyboard to commit the changes.
Set the Blend Mode of this layer to “Divide” and reduce the Opacity to 3%.
Go to Layer > New > Layer. Name this layer as “Scan Lines”, set the Mode to “Color Burn”, the Opacity to 10% and click OK.
Go to Edit > Fill. Apply the following settings and click OK.
With the “Scan Lines” layer active, go to Filter > Filter Gallery. Under “Sketch” select the “Halftone Pattern”, apply the following settings and click OK.
Now that the basic effect was made, we can start adding all the details that we want. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves. Name this layer as “Curves” and click OK.
In the Curves Properties Panel, Select the Red channel from the dropdown menu, add a new anchor point to the curve, set the Input Value to 120 and the Output Value to 130.
Now select the Green Channel, add a new anchor point, set the Input Value to 130 and the Output Value to 120.
Now select the Blue Channel, add 2 new anchor points. Set the Input Value of the first point to 70 and the Output Value to 60. Now set the Input Value of the second point to 185 and the Output Value to 195.
Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient. Name this layer as “Vignette”, apply the following settings and click OK.
In the Gradient Fill window, select the “Black, White” fill from the dropdown menu, apply the following settings and click OK.
Go to Layer > New > Layer. Name this layer as “Grain”, apply the following settings and click OK.
Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Apply the following settings and click OK.
To finish up the VHS effect go to Select > All, then to Edit > Copy Merged and finally to Edit > Paste Special > Paste in Place. Rename this layer to “Channel”.
Set the blend mode of the “Channel” layer to “Hue” and bring down the Opacity to 60%.
Finally, press the “V” key on your keyboard to select the Move Tool and using the arrow keys of your keyboard, move the layer 5 px to the right.