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Dash of Inspiration: Totally Retro

October 15, 2012

A Dash of Inspiration, A Cup of Creativity by Doreen

Totally Retro

Definition from

“Retro  is a term used to describe, denote or classify culturally outdated or aged trends, modes, or fashions, from the overall postmodern past, but have since that time become functionally or superficially the norm once again. The use of “retro” style iconography and imagery interjected into American postmodern art, advertising, mass media, etc. has occurred from around the time of the U.S. industrial revolution to present day.”

I found the Polaroid Generator Action (link below) for Photoshop this past weekend and started playing with it. It’s very realistic and well done. So in the tradition of ‘pay it forward’, I’m offering the link to all of you and thought I might inspire you to create some fun retro-style cards. I also gathered some useful tools below to turn photos into black and white or sepia toned versions; some great vintage effects tutorials and some Retro Brush resources for those of you who just have to have more!  Be sure to read the Terms of Use for each carefully before using any of them in your designs so you can give credit where credit is due!


Polaroid Generator III by RawImage at deviantART

Black and White Sepia Action by EekMary at deviantART

White and black ps actions by Cat-woman-amy—stock at deviantART

Photoshop tutorial: Apply authentic-looking vintage effects to photos by Graham Boyd

Paint Shop Pro Tutorial: 70’s Retro Look by steves-digicam

500+ Free Photoshop Retro Brushes by Naldz Graphics 

6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 15, 2012 12:24 pm

    Wish I would have had this info last week before I spent all that time creating a Polaroid frame and experimenting with techniques to create that look. Lol!

    • October 15, 2012 2:05 pm

      Oh no Tracie! LOL! Well, you learned a lot, always something to be said for that!


  2. October 15, 2012 3:15 pm

    You always provide such great information and resources. Thank you!

  3. October 17, 2012 10:34 pm

    Note, be sure to use this important and descriptive term in your title, keywords and artist notes description so shoppers can find the exact style the are looking for: “Retro”.

    Also note most categories have a subcategory for general cards in this style: Vintage / Nostalgia / Retro

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