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25+ Vintage Photo Effect Photoshop Actions & Old Retro Styles

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Step back in time with an extraordinary vintage photo effect! Check out this list of 26 amazing vintage and retro-inspired Photoshop actions.

26 Vintage Photoshop Actions

We'll always be inspired by retro styles. And there's no better way to honor the past than to pay homage with similar creations.

In today's selection of creative assets, we bring you 26 amazing Photoshop actions that help you apply vintage effects and old retro styles quickly and easily.

Add a few cracks to a modern photograph, or apply a beautiful sepia tone. Dive into various stunning styles to add allure and that old-world mystery to your work.

Handpicked from the latest premium sections of Envato Elements and Envato Market, these resources are easy to use for both beginners and experienced designers.

How to Make Photos Look Vintage

There are several ways you can make a picture look vintage, and with these tips and tricks you can age your photo in no time:

  • Add realistic static and scratches to your photos to create a vintage look.
  • Add a Polaroid frame to create a retro feel. 
  • Add a dusty texture with either brushes or a Photoshop action.
  • Add a light leak effect.
  • Turn the photo black and white or even sepia

These are just a few tips you could try out. For convenience and ease, why not try one of these recommended vintage Photoshop actions to try making your picture look vintage.

Cool Old Photo Effects: Photoshop Actions From Envato Elements

Do you like the vintage photography aesthetic? Then you can get it with these retro effect actions for Photoshop from Envato Elements.

50 Vintage Photoshop Actions (ATN)

This download lets you have 50 vintage photo effect actions for Photoshop. They each have unique styles and feels, so you can experiment as much as you'd like. It's a nice choice if you want to create retro pics in your latest project.

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Retrograde, Retro and Vintage Actions (ATN)

The color grading in Retrograde takes you through different eras of the vintage photography aesthetic. Whichever of the seven included actions you use, rest assured you're going to have an awesome old photo effect for Photoshop on your side.

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Warm Vintage | PSD Action (ATN)

What makes the vintage photography aesthetic so enduring is more than the old photograph texture. It's the warmth that each retro pic has. This great Photoshop action download can mimic that feeling perfectly for your projects.

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75 Ultra Faded Retro Effects (ATN)

Our next example features this phenomenal pack of ultra-faded vintage effects for Photoshop. Choose from 75 old photo effects to add luxurious fades and incredible light leak effects. Just play the simple action to have each effect available for you. Switch between looks to choose the one you want. It's a great option if you want photo effects that are vintage to download.

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21 Vintage & Retro Color Effects (PSD)

Photograph your best life with phenomenal color effects to match! This amazing Photoshop action pack includes 21 vintage and retro color effects that are easy to use and non-destructive. Create beautiful vignettes, noise, and unique color-graded effects with one simple pack.

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Vintage Film Photoshop Actions (ATN)

Try out the vintage look on your modern work with this simple Photoshop action. Designed to mimic the look of retro film, this pack of ten Photoshop actions saves you valuable time and energy. Get inspired by the vintage work of Fujifilm, Rollei, and Kodak film for your own vintage photography aesthetic.

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Myth Photoshop Action (ATN)

The vintage photography aesthetic was all about dramatic lighting. You can achieve that same fierce look with the Myth retro effect Photoshop action. Create a moody spotlight old photo effect with light spilling in from any angle. Just fill your subject with color, and then play the action to enjoy this vintage effect for Photoshop!

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Ghost Photo Creator (ATN, PAT)

Do you believe in ghosts? Now you can explore eerie paranormal effects with this cool ghost photo creator. Surprise your friends and family with old ghostly photos of you and your buddies. Just apply this one-step action to get access to ten scary vintage photo effect Photoshop actions.

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Silver: 28 Real B&W Film Emulations (ATN, PAT)

Add unique and realistic film grain emulations to your photography fast! This professional action has been calibrated to mimic retro film with 28 black and white films and 15 contrast vintage effects for Photoshop. Bring your cityscape and landscape photography to another level with this awesome action.

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Taboo Dark Fantasy Photoshop Actions (ATN)

Some of the coolest vintage photography aesthetics out there are incredibly dark and surreal. Now you can achieve that fantastical look with this Taboo vintage effect Photoshop action. Enhance your portraits with high-quality presets to add fantasy and mood to your work. Give it a try!

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Indie Camera Actions for Adobe Photoshop (ATN, GRD)

Become the indie photographer you've always wanted to be with this awesome Photoshop action kit. Featuring 17 experimental actions for any vintage photography aesthetic lover, this suite is easy to customize and use. Enjoy over 100 gradient maps to choose from for stunning indie color retro effects.

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Retro Photo Kit (ATN, PNG)

Can't decide on the vintage effect for Photoshop you need? Then download this fabulous photo kit! Included in this kit are 15 film Photoshop actions and 10 beautiful light leaks to help you create retro effects fast. Enjoy bonus additions like a retro date stamp and vintage font for more appeal! It's a great download if you want that retro, old photograph texture in your work.

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33 Vintage Grunge Photo Overlays (ATN, JPG)

These vintage grunge Photoshop actions are perfect for recreating that stunning old photograph texture effect. This retro effect bundle is also really versatile. You could use them for wedding photos or add some dread to your creepy vintage photography aesthetic. 

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Vintage Wedding Action for Photoshop (ATN)

The vintage effect of these Photoshop actions is subtle yet eye-catching. They're perfect for adding some style to wedding photography or other types of photos. Try out these vintage photo effect Photoshop actions and create the aesthetic of retro pictures.

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Animated Retro Vintage Film: Photoshop Actions (ATN)

Not every old photo effect Photoshop action is meant to be static. If you want something dynamic, try Animated Retro Vintage Film. This photo effects vintage download is really easy to use and to edit. There's also a video tutorial in case you need help creating the aesthetic of retro pictures.

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Great Vintage Photo Effect Photoshop Actions From GraphicRiver

You can find more vintage photo effects to download from GraphicRiver. Check out some of our favorite actions for retro pics in this section.

Film Noir Photoshop Action (ATN)

With the right styling and a quick Photoshop action, you can make any modern photo look believably retro. Let's check out this film noir action, designed to give your work that old filmography look from the 20s. Its ease of use is perfect for making multiple retro pics.

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Vintage Old Photo Effect Overlays (ATN, JPG)

Make your photos look several decades old with this brilliant pack of vintage effect Photoshop overlays. A high-quality retro photo effect that creates a distinguished look, this effect works well on portraits and landscape photos. Just imagine a full set of your favorite photos with a cool old photograph texture in only two simple steps!

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15 Matte Effects Photoshop Actions (ATN)

Add a gorgeous matte filter to your portraits fast! Created for high-resolution photos, this set of Photoshop actions applies 15 stunning effects in just one click. Keep in mind that each retro effect will look different on new photos, but the result is well worth it. Try it out and make some awesome retro pictures!

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VHS Effect Photoshop Action (ATN)

Create eye-popping retro pics for Instagram and more with this cool VHS effect Photoshop action. Inspired by the days when we had to pop those big tapes into VCRs, this action will give you authentic-looking static lines and a slight glitch effect. You'll love this one!

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Analog Film Photoshop Action (ATN, PAT)

Get the incredible vintage effect of analog film with a simple Photoshop action. This cool pack of old photograph textures features 30 color effects, 16 light leaks and so much more for added retro vibes. Incorporate fragments of dust and even scratches on your work to add an old photograph texture and age them significantly.

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Pop Art Photoshop Actions Pack (ATN, PAT, PSD, GRD, JPG)

Pop art saw the emergence of incredible artists like Andy Warhol in the 60s. And you can recreate his famous pop art look with this amazing Photoshop action pack. This suite includes ten official Photoshop actions with 40 awesome gradient colors to transform your work. Great for T-shirts and posters!

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Cinematic Effect-Photoshop Action (ATN)

One of the best ways to achieve that vintage effect style is to get inspired by dramatic cinematography. This old photo effect Photoshop action helps you create that realistic look with a non-destructive effect that's easy to adjust. Use it on personal photos, commercial shots and more for incredible retro pictures!

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B & W Photo Effect (ATN)

Black and white photography was the first type of photography we saw. Now recreate that mysterious retro effect with this amazing Photoshop action. Simply load your favorite portrait or photo into Photoshop, and play the action. It will mimic the aesthetic of retro pictures in seconds!

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Wash Photoshop Action (ATN)

One of the biggest tells in the aesthetic of retro pictures is the amount by which the photo has faded over time. You can recreate that washed-out look with this brilliant, one-step Photoshop action. Designed and tested for versions CS3 and above, this old photo effect Photoshop action is smart and easy to apply!

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Lo-Fi Photo Action (ATN, PNG)

Take your audience through a mysterious visual story with this Lo-Fi vintage photo effect Photoshop action. Featuring three glitch types and several grains, this action lets you distort your photos in a cool, subtle way in no time at all. Save countless hours with this premium action!

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Color Grading Photoshop Action (ATN)

The easiest way to create jaw-dropping retro pics is to learn more about color grading. With this high-quality photo effects vintage action download, you can apply 24 different color presets that are customizable and non-destructive. A simple user guide is also included to help walk you through each step.

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Show Us Your Vintage Designs!

Tried any of these old photo assets? Let us know! Tell us your favorite vintage photo effects in the comments below.

This has been a collection of premium resources perfect for the avid designer. For more Photoshop vintage photo effects, check out Envato Market and Envato Elements, or enlist the design help of our talented professionals at Envato Studio. 

Want to learn more? Then check out the following tutorials and resources to help you create a vintage style to your pictures:

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