RetroPress makes it easy and fun to add an authentic retro printing press look to your designs. Just select your artwork, click a RetroPress action and you have a retro look in seconds.

RetroPress - Photoshop Actions

RetroPress includes these useful actions:

• Ink Viscosity – Ink soaks into paper and spreads based on how thick it is. That’s called viscosity and it’s essential to achieving a realistic print effect. RetroPress gives you three viscosity actions (light, medium, and heavy).

• Roughness – Look at a printed newspaper or magazine from the 1950s really close. You’ll see the edges of the ink aren’t smooth but have a slightly rough edge. This subtle touch is often missed when designers try to create a retro print effect. RetroPress includes 3 roughness settings.

• Ink Texture – When ink soaks into paper, it flows over the small paper fibres and pools in-between. This creates a subtle texture. With RetroPress you get an easy to use action that lets you adjust the intensity as you see fit.

• Halftone – Back in the day you’d find halftone printing everywhere (images created from small dots). RetroPress gives you an authentic halftone effect in black ink and color.

Included in this set:

• 3 Ink Viscosity Actions
• 3 Roughness Actions
• 1 Ink Texture effect with adjustable intensity.
• 3 Black Ink Halftone Effects
• 1 FREE Bonus Color Halftone Effect
• Tutorial video documenting my workflow for using the actions.

Note: RetroPress was designed to create a retro newsprint effect. It’s recommended that you use it on one colour artwork. Results will vary on multicoloured artwork.

Software requirements: Adobe Photoshop CS4 and newer.

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RetroPress - Photoshop Actions

RetroPress – Photoshop Actions

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    Absolutely not worth the cost.

    • Annabel Smith

      Thanks so much for commenting Frank and I am so sorry to hear that you find that these actions are not useful for your particular projects.

      We always strive to include high quality products in our bundle deals and marketplace so my apologies if you feel that this is possibly not the case. I would just like to get a little more information from you as to why that you feel that this pack is not worth the cost, as we would love to use your feedback to help make our deals as bespoke for you as possible, and if there are any resources in particular that you are looking for, please do let me know and I can definitely help!


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