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How to Make a Retro 90's Photo Effect in Photoshop

How to Make a Retro 90's Photo Effect in Photoshop

Photoshop Photo Effects

Since the 90s are back in trend, many artists want to recreate that 90s look on their projects. Thanks to Photoshop, accomplishing that 90s look is achieveable. While some methods are time consuming, there are others that are quick like the one I will show you today. It will not only give you a professional result, but also the chance to change the parameters after doing the effect to use it as many times as you want without having to make the whole thing over again. Please note that every image is unique, so the settings I will show you here should be taken as a basis for all of your images and it may require some different values on each setting depending on your photo.

But before we begin, and if you want to follow this tutorial exactly as described, please download the following free image from Pexels: Download.

Step 1

Open your image in Photoshop.

Step 2

Go to Layer > Smart Objects > Convert to Smart Object.

Step 3

Go to Filter > Camera Raw Filter.

Step 4

In the Camera Raw window expand the Basic tab and apply the following settings.

Step 5

Expand the Curve tab. Be sure to select the Parametric Curve option and apply the following values.

Step 6

Still in the Curve tab, select the Point Curve. Add 2 new anchor points by clicking anywhere on the curve and then apply the following values to each of the points:

  1. 0-0
  2. 70-65
  3. 145-130
  4. 255-210

Step 7

Now select the Red Channel. Add 4 new anchor points by clicking anywhere on the curve and then apply the following values to each of the points:

  1. 0-0
  2. 45-15
  3. 75-50
  4. 130-135
  5. 210-215
  6. 255-255

Step 8

Now select the Green Channel. Add 4 new anchor points by clicking anywhere on the curve and then apply the following values to each of the points:

  1. 0-0
  2. 35-10
  3. 80-65
  4. 135-150
  5. 210-215
  6. 255-255

Step 9

Now select the Blue Channel. Add 4 new anchor points by clicking anywhere on the curve and then apply the following values to each of the points:

  1. 0-0
  2. 40-10
  3. 90-80
  4. 128-150
  5. 210-220
  6. 255-255

Step 10

Next, expand the Detail tab and apply the following values.

Step 11

Now expand the Color Mixer tab and apply the following values.

Step 12

Expand the Color Grading tab, select the Highlights option and apply the following values.

Step 13

Next, expand the Effects tab and set the Grain value to 10.

Step 14

Lastly, expand the Calibration tab and apply the following values.

A Final Tip

If you later want to adjust some of the effect settings, simply click on the down arrow of the image layer to reveal the layer effects and then double click on "Camera Raw Filter" to open the Camera Raw window, make your adjustments and then click Ok in the Camera Raw window.


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