How to Create Retro Background in Photoshop

Its always useful to know how to create your own backgrounds either just to use as desktop wallpaper or as a nice background for your phone.  This tutorial will show you how to create a nice and strong retro background.

01.  Open a new document the size of how large of a background you need.  Fill it with any color.  This tutorial will start out a nice retro red – a bit brownish.

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02.  Now think of a shape you’d like to add to your background.  Create a new layer (Layer > New > Layer),  take the selection tool and create a shape either something like a lightning bolt or something more round – its all up to you.  When you have created the shape,  fill it with any color.  A dark brownish green will always do as a retro color.

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03.  Create a new layer again and make another shape.  This time fill it with something lighter.

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04.  Add some effects on the last shape by going to Layer > Layer Styles > Drop Shadow and from there move to the Inner Shadow,  press OK.

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05.  Take an old paper texture and place it on top of all the layers.  Set the paper’s Blend Mode to Multiply and Opacity to 30% or more according to how strong texture you’d like.

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06.  Finish the background by adding a nice halftone pattern to it.  And your background is done!

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