How to do retro look?


#1

How to do it? I know there are retro presets available to download but l want to be able to adjust things to suit my taste


#2

That depends on what you mean by “retro look”. Can you share some examples?


(Daniel Catalina) #3

One thing I do is take the presets and play with them. This way you learn what various modules do and get a feeling about when to use them.


(Mica) #4

Retro is often lifted shadows. In the Tone Curve module, grab the lower left-hand point and move it up. Satutare colors to taste.


#5

The 60’s look which could be achieved split-toning I guess but there is obviously more


#7

Links to two styles collections are provided on dt resources page. Some “retro”, “washed out”, “sixties” etc. styles are available, using different sets of modules.


(Aurélien Pierre) #8

Retro look doesn’t exist. You have:

  • platinotype, kalotype, daguerreotype, cyanotype looks,
  • wet plate/collodion look,
  • sepia and other color-shifted looks
  • Lumière’s autochrome look,
  • lots of B&W looks from film stocks,
  • Polaroid look,
  • Technicolor look,
  • Holga look,
  • “cheap color film from your family albums” look (Kodak Ultra/Ultramax, Gold, Fuji Superia, Sensia)
  • faded old print look

Some are faded, some are super vivid, some are soft, some are grainy, some are high-contrast, some are color-accurate. Kodak color films have a green cast in low-lights, Fuji ones have a magenta one, Cinestill and Lomography have intersting pastels… I mean, there are basically 170 years of retro looks…


#9

The problem with retro is that it keeps on coming back in one form or another. What is retro to you may be new to me. :stuck_out_tongue:

And that is why we need visual examples, @twowires, not just words.