Creating a Retro Film Roll Camera Effect with Bokeh

Creating a Retro Film Roll Camera Effect with Bokeh

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I started this tutorial as a Retro Poster Design for a Camera, but later I changed my mind, I thought the steps of adding text and camera image would waste your time so let’s leave them. That’s the reason the reason you see the blank space below the girls photo (yes, I selected a girl’s photo again).

Today you will learn creating a retro photo effect with a Bokeh. So this is a combined tutorial for two effects, film roll camera photograph effect and you will also learn to create a realistic bokeh right in our beloved Photoshop. If you create some examples using this tutorial, don’t forget to send me their final results.

Starting Point

This is the initial image link.

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Finishing Point

And we have made this…

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Toning

Let’s Start from the Curves.  Image >Adjustment>Curves. (Ctrl+M)

amazing Adobe photoshop tutorial retro bokeh effect picture toning tut

amazing Adobe photoshop tutorial retro bokeh effect picture toning tut

Let’s now adjust focus and light. Brightness/Contrast . Image >Adjustment>Curves>Brightness/Contrast

amazing Adobe photoshop tutorial retro bokeh effect picture toning tut

Retro Glow

I select the Brush Tool, tookke a new layer and made spots on a new new blank layer with the following color. When are done with color strokes, change the layer blend mode to “color dodge”.

amazing Adobe photoshop tutorial retro bokeh effect picture toning tut

Now we’ll repeat the same procedure with the another color on a new blank layer. Again change the blend mode to color dodge.

amazing Adobe photoshop tutorial retro bokeh effect picture toning tut

This is different:

Here I took a new layer again and stroked one single shot of Brush Tool using plain white color.  The criterion for making a stroke here is that this is the most visible part of the image. I then changed it’s blend mode to overlay this time and set the opacity level at 62.

amazing Adobe photoshop tutorial retro bokeh effect picture toning tut

Bokeh

Here I’m going to apply the brush strokes of the bokeh brushes which I grabbed from here.

amazing Adobe photoshop tutorial retro bokeh effect picture toning tut

And another stroke

amazing Adobe photoshop tutorial retro bokeh effect picture toning tut

Lens Flare

Bokeh looks great but there has to be a light source creating bokeh, for  that we’ll create a lens flare.

Add Lens Flare effect in from Filter>Render>Lens Flare.

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Done

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Waseem Amjad is the chief Graphic Designer and official Photographer of Designzzz.com When he is not writing tutorials or creating freebies, he can be found in streets capturing photographs.
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4 Comments on “Creating a Retro Film Roll Camera Effect with Bokeh” Join The Discussion!
  1. Cyndi says:

    I really am impress! Keep up good work!

  2. Mark Armstrong says:

    A brilliant tutorial which could only have been created by a brilliant mind– namely that of the brilliant Waseem!

    Yes, you’ve done it again, sir– many thanks. : )

    1. waseem says:

      Hey, long time no see, where have you been?
      That’s very kind of you appreciate this *average* tutorial since I made it in real hurry. Thanks to an error, the original tutorial I was suppose to publish got corrupted, so I made this.
      Good Luck with whatever has been keeping you busy
      Thanks again,
      see you soon :)

  3. ululf01 says:

    very nice tutorial

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