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Hey design enthusiast, here's a new Photoshop Tutorial on how to create a Retro Pixel Light Line Effect using the pen tool and some layer styles with a cassette tape as the subject of the design. The techniques you can learn from this tutorial can be use to any retro design arts, whether it involves retro posters with humans or plain text retro posters, this will surely be a great addition to your knowledge. Furthermore, how to add a cool highlight effect on any part of an image is also discussed on this photoshop tutorial.

By Supercolor, on September 28, 2010, under Photoshop Tutorials
 

Hey design enthusiast, here's a new Photoshop Tutorial on how to create a Retro Pixel Light Line Effect using the pen tool and some layer styles with a cassette tape as the subject of the design. The techniques you can learn from this tutorial can be use to any retro design arts, whether it involves retro posters with humans or plain text retro posters, this will surely be a great addition to your knowledge. Furthermore, how to add a cool highlight effect on any part of an image is also discussed on this photoshop tutorial.

  • Resources needed:
  • Night_Sky_Texture_by_desideriasp_stock LINK
  • Tape Stock Image on sxc.hu LINK
 

Final Result Preview:

 
 
 

Step 1: The New Document

 

Open photoshop and create a new document, I choose 1000x1000px with a white background.

 
 

Step 2: Background Texture

 

For the background I used a star texture I found on deviantART made by desideriasp_stock called Night_Sky_Texture_by_desideriasp_stock when you've downloaded it, open it in photoshop and drag it into your document.

To resize or rotate it, use the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T) and rename the layer Star Texture.

 

Then we'll create a radial effect on the star in order to do it, duplicate the Star Texture layer then rename the layer Star Texture Radial Blur.

Next apply a Radial Blur filter on it, Filter - Blur - Radial Blur, with 30px and Zoom for the Blur Method.

 

Then change the blending mode to Linear Dodge.

 
 

Step 3: Blue Light

 

Create a new layer, select the Brush Tool (B) with a big soft rounded brush and blue for the color, paint a big circle in the middle.

 

Then change the blending mode to Darken.

 
 

Step 4: Tape Stock Image

 

In this step we'll add a Tape stock image; I've found the tape image on sxc.hu, you can use any tape image for this step. Open the image in photoshop then drag it into the document.

 

In order to cut out the tape from the background, I've used the Magic Wand Tool (W). When you're selection in done delete the background.

 
 

Step 5: Mosaic Pixel Effect

 

Now we're going to add a mosaic effect on the tape, duplicate the tape layer and hide the original one we'll need it for a next step. Select the duplicated layer then go to Filter - Pixelate - Mosaic, with a 12 square value.

 

Next we'll add a Gradient Map Adjustment on the Mosaic Tape we just did, Image - Adjustments - Gradient Map. I've used purple and blue for the gradient.