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25+ Amazing Vintage Photoshop Filters & Old Retro Styles

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Up the ante in your creative projects with vintage photo effects for Photoshop! You don't have to spend a lot of time to go back in time. They're high-quality PSD actions that can add a visually stunning touch to your pictures. Check out this list of 26 amazing vintage and retro Photoshop effects.

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.

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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, 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.

Travel in Time With Striking Vintage Photo Effects for Photoshop From Envato Elements

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Here's a small sample of the high-quality Photoshop vintage effects you'll find on Envato Elements.

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Cool Old Photo Effects: Photoshop Retro Filters From Envato Elements

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

50 Vintage Effects for Photoshop (ATN)

This download lets you have 50 vintage effects 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 Photoshop Vintage Effects (ATN)

The color grading in Retrograde takes you through different eras of the vintage photography aesthetic. Whichever of the seven included Photoshop vintage effects 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 Filter for Photoshop (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 retro filter for Photoshop download can mimic that feeling perfectly for your projects if you like dark vintage aesthetic backgrounds.

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75 Ultra-Faded Retro Photoshop Filters (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 dark vintage aesthetic backgrounds to choose the one you want. It's a great retro Photoshop filter if you want vintage photo effects to download.

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21 Vintage & Retro Photoshop 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 pack of retro Photoshop effects.

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Vintage Film Retro Effects for Photoshop (ATN)

Try out the vintage look on your modern work with these retro effects for Photoshop. 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 Vintage Photo Effect for Photoshop (ATN)

The dark vintage aesthetic was all about dramatic lighting. You can achieve that same fierce look with the Myth retro effect Photoshop action. Create a moody spotlight 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: Vintage Photoshop Filter (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 with help from this vintage Photoshop filter. 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 vintage Photoshop effect has been calibrated to mimic retro film with 28 black and white film effects and 15 contrast vintage effects for Photoshop. Bring your cityscape and landscape photography to another level with this awesome action to create dark vintage aesthetic backgrounds.

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Taboo Dark Fantasy Photoshop Actions: Photoshop Retro Filter (ATN)

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

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Indie Camera Vintage Effects for Photoshop (ATN, GRD)

Become the indie photographer you've always wanted to be with these awesome vintage effects for Photoshop. 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 images with these vintage effects for Photoshop.

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Retro Photo Kit: Photoshop Vintage Effects (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 vintage effects 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 Photoshop vintage effect to download if you want that retro, old photograph texture in your work.

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33 Vintage Grunge Retro Filters for Photoshop (ATN, JPG)

These grunge retro filters for Photoshop 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 Photoshop Filters (ATN)

The vintage effect of these retro Photoshop filters is subtle yet eye-catching. These retro Photoshop filters are 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: Retro Photoshop Effects (ATN)

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

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50 Vintage Wedding LUTs Retro Effects for Photoshop (PSD, LR, AE, ETC.)

With these retro effects for Photoshop, coupled with retro styling, you can easily make any photo look as if it was taken many years ago. Just look at the example below. This PSD edit is perfect for making any image look years old.

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Old Vintage Photo Effect for Photoshop (PSD)

Images with a yellow tint instantly send you to decades past. However, you don't have to wait 40 years for your photos to look antique. You can simply download this photo effect Photoshop action that helps you create that realistic look. Better still? You can easily adjust the effect to better fit any one of your images.

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Vintage Photoshop Filter (PSD)

Give your photos a hint of mystery and antique vibes with the Vintage Effect for Photoshop. It's grainy and glitchy, which will transport your audience to a time when technology wasn't as advanced as it is now. You can distort even the most modern images and turn them into cool remembrances of the past.

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Professional Vintage Photoshop Effect (ATN)

Remember when you had to take pictures with film and develop the photos in a dark room? Sometimes, if the process didn't go exactly right, you'd get some unnatural colors in your images. Get those same vibes in your photos with this vintage Photoshop effect with retro vibes. 

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Vintage Film Photoshop Retro Filter (PSD)

Faded, washed-out colors are a dead giveaway that a photo is older. If you want that look in your photos, simply download and use this brilliant Photoshop retro filter. Within seconds, you'll have photographs that look as if they've spent years locked away in a quaint little jewelry box.

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Film Frame Mask Vintage Effect for Photoshop(PSD)

There was a time when film photos had a negative border around them. Take your audience back with a film frame photo effect. You don't even have to do much to achieve this look. Simply download this vintage effect for Photoshop and add it to any creative photo project you have.

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Old Paper Photoshop Vintage Effect (ATN, PAT)

If you have older relatives or friends, you've probably seen photographs that are antique. Photos that have stood the test of time. Even though they're wrinkled and a little bit torn, they're still magical and enchanting. Get that same effect with this incredible Photoshop vintage effect.

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Infrared Retro Filter for Photoshop

Light leaks, blurring, vignetting, distortions, and more. All of these characteristics can be found in Lomography. This is a genre in photography that focuses on aesthetics more than technical aspects. Get a bit of this beautifully weird effect in your photos with this retro filter for Photoshop.

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Retro Vintage Photo Effect (PSD)

Before there were modern cameras, images had a different quality to them. They looked textured and filtered. Focal points looked cold, distant, and mystical. It's definitely an alluring look and feel. To create this ambiance, this retro Photoshop filter is the way to go. You'll get all of it in only two simple steps!

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Title Card Text Retro Photoshop Effect (PSD)

Black and white pictures are such a classic that when you think about the past, you may think that people lived in a scale of grays. And it makes sense—it's the first type of photography we got, and it's the only evidence we have of how people looked and lived during that time. Make your text go back in time with this text retro effect for Photoshop.

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Da Vinci Sketch: Vintage Photo Effect for Photoshop

Is there anything more vintage than sketches? Mimic the aesthetic of those famous Da Vinci sketches in seconds! Your work will seem even more genius when you use this professionally designed kit for vintage photo effects for Photoshop.

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Show Us Your Vintage Designs!

This has been a collection of premium resources perfect for the avid designer. For more vintage Photoshop effects, check out Envato Elements. 

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

Editorial Note: This post has been updated with contributions from Dacia Egurrola. Dacia is a staff writer with Envato Tuts+.

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