Photoshop Tutorial: VCR VHS Camcorder Glitch Effect [FREE PSD TEMPLATE INCLUDED]

In this video, I’m going to show you how to
create the VHS or camcorder glitch effect in Photoshop. Hi, welcome back to the Photoshop training
channel, I’m Jesus Ramirez. In this video, I’m going to show you how to
recreate the VHS VCR effect in Photoshop. This is going to be a nondestructive technique,
which means that we can always come back and edit it if we need to, and it will also allow
us to use this PSV file as a template, so that we can apply this effect to any photo. In fact, I’ll link to this PVS right below
on the description, so that you can download it and use it yourself. But, I do recommend following the tutorial,
so that you can learn how to create this effect. Even if you have no desire of creating this
specific effect for your projects, the steps that I’m going to use, should help you understand
better Smart Objects, adjustment layers and filters, and you can apply those techniques
to any one of your projects. Okay, let’s get started. We’re going to work with this document here
that contains this portrait and this text layer. I’m not going to spend too much time with
the text, but I am going to use text on this image. If you are interested in downloading this
font, I’m going to paste the link to it right there on of the description so you can download it, it’s called VCR OSD Mono. So, I already have that text here, I’m going to disable it for now
and we’ll focus on working with the effect. And actually write before I disable it, I
just want to ask you to do one thing, I want to see who can guess why I use this particular
date on this text layer. So, if you know, let me know in the comments. But anyway, we’re going to work with this
portrait, and the first thing that we’re going to do is, rename this layer, original. Then I’m going to right click and convert
it into a Smart Object. What I’m going to do now is apply a blur to
this image, because no matter how you shot your photo, it will probably be too sharp
to pass for a VHS footage. So, with this layer select, I’m going to go
into Filter, Blur, Gaussian Blur, and I’m just going to blur it just a bit. I’m just making sure that the image is not
very sharp. So maybe about one pixel or maybe even more,
we’ll play it safe at 1.5, so you can see here how we are losing all the detail in the
image. Then Press OK. What I’m going to do now is, collapse that
adjustment, so we have more real estate to work with in the layers panel, and I’m going
to press Ctrl J, Command J in the Mac, to duplicate that Smart Object four times. So, now I have four copies of that Smart Object. And also, in case you don’t know, a Smart
Object is sort of a container that can contain one or multiple layers, and you can apply
filters, adjustments and distortions non destructively. Which means that you can always come back
and edit the adjustments, and even edit the contents of that Smart Object. And in this case, we have five different layers,
but they’re all linked. If I double click on one of the Smart Object
thumbnails, it opens up a new tab, and in that tab I can replace the image. So, I’m just going to open up my libraries
panel and drag a photo in there, the photo really doesn’t matter, I’ll just use this
one, I’ll scale it up, and I’m going to press Ctrl S, Command S on the Mac to save, and
go back into my VHS retro file, and notice how all the layers are updated with this new
image. And Photoshop will also apply the blur to
this photo. But this is not the photo that we’re going
to use, but now you understand that all those Smart Objects are linked with each other. So I’m going to close the tab press, yes to
save, and we get our original photo back. What I’m going to do now is, rename these
layers so, this one at the bottom will be original, this one here will be red, and I’m
going to right click on the layer and select the red label so that it’s easier to see. This next one will be green, I’ll do the same,
I’ll select the green label. This next one will be blue, and you guessed
it, I’m going to select the blue label for that one, and the one on top, I’ll call this
torsion, and I’ll use orange for that. I’m going to disable the Distortion layer, and I’m going to work with the
blue, green and red layers first. I’m going to select the blue layer, then go
in to filter, distort, sheer. Sheer allows us to use this line to distort
an image as you can see in the preview here, you can click and drag these points out to
delete them, or you can click on the line to create new points. You have two options; wraparound, which means
that when you make an extreme distortion, the pixels will wrap around to the other side. So what that means is that, in this case half
of her face is going off frame, but it’s coming in on the other side on the left hand side. If I click repeat edge pixels, that won’t
happen, all Photoshop is doing is repeating the pixels that are on the edge, that’s why
you get that line there in the center. In this case I think I like to use wrap around
edges better, and I don’t need an extreme distortion, I just need a slight distortion,
maybe something like this. Then I’ll press OK, and I get that distortion
there. You can see the difference between the original
and the distorted layer. If I double click to the side of a layer to
bring up the layers style window in the advanced blending options, I have check boxes. Red, green and blue. Currently, the red channel, the green channel,
and the blue channel are enabled. But I can click on one of these check boxes
to disable that particular channel. And notice that once I do that, I get this
effect that you see here. I could also disable the green channel and
only leave the blue channel enabled. So, that’s why I call this layer blue because,
this layer only has the blue channel enabled, and that helps us create this illusion of
a distortion glitchy effect. I’m going to Press OK. I’m going to collapse the adjustment so that
we have more room to work with, then I’m going to select the green layer and do the same
thing. I’m going to go in to filter, and the first
filter on top should be the last one that we use which is the sheer filter. If I select that, it will bring it back up
and I’ll make a different adjustment. It will also be a subtle adjustment, but it
has to be different, it can’t be exactly the same one as before, and then Press OK. Then I’m going to double-click to the side
of the layer and I’m going to disable the red channel and the blue channel, and only
leave the green channel enabled, which is why we named it green. And then Press OK. For now I’m not going to make any
changes to the red layer, but you can if you want to. Then I’m going to enable that distortion layer,
and what I’m going to do is, apply the sheer filter once again, but this time I’m going
to make an extreme adjustment like so, and Press OK. Then I’m going to create a layer mask, and
in this layer mask, I’m going to select a rectangular marquee tool, and I’m going to
create a rectangle across the entire canvas like so, and fill with black. Black is my background color so I can press
Ctrl Backspace, that’s Command Delete on the Mac,
to fill with black. I’m going to hold alt option on the Mac and
click on the layer thumbnail so that we can see this layer mask. So, I’m basically going to do the same thing
over and over again, and I’m going to create lines of different heights, and sizes. I’m going to pause the video so that you don’t
see me do this repetitive task over and over again, but this is exactly what I’m doing
and I’ll show you what it looks like at the end. So I’ll be right back in just a second. Okay, and this is my layer mask. And just to remind you, with a layer mas,
anything that’s in black will be hidden, and the white areas will show through. I’m going to hold all tabs on the Mac and
click on the layer thumbnail again, so that we can see the effect that I’ve created. At this point I think that I might have gone
too far with the distortion so I can always edit that, so I’m gonna double click on this
sheer label in the Smart Object to open up the filter, and I’m just going to reduce that
distortion so that it’s not too strong, and I think that looks much, much better. So, again, just to reiterate, that’s one of
the advantages of working with Smart Objects, you can always come back and make changes
if you need to. What I’m going to do now is, create a levels
adjustment layer and I’m simply going to clip it to the layer below by clicking on this
icon. So, now this adjustment layer will only affect
the layer below, which is a distortion layer. So, I can click and drag in the center, point
and drag it to the right just to make it a little bit darker. So this layer is a little bit darker than
the layer below. Also on this distortion layer, I’m going to
add a little bit of noise so I’m going to go into filter, noise, add noise and just
add a tiny bit of noise, and Press OK. Now I’m going to create some scan lines and
that’s really easy to do. I’m going to click on the levels adjustment
layer, and right above that, I’m going to create a pattern fill layer, and I’m going
to click on this drop down here. click on the gear icon, and reset my pattern
so that I have the default patterns, and the second one on the default list, will be the
one that I’m going to use. I’m going to change the scale to 150, then
Press OK. I’m going to change the blending mode to multiply,
and change the opacity to 25. So, that’s before and after, and we have very
realistic scan lines. If I double click on the zoom tool, you’ll
see the 100 view. So this is what this image is looking like
so far. I’m going to right click and select fit on
screen, I have the zoom tool selected, then I’m going to create a selective color adjustment
layer, and this selective color is only going to adjust the color, and I’m going to apply
a color tone, so I’ll call this layer color tone, and I’m going to change the blending
mode to color so that I affect only the color and not the luminosity. Then I’m going to select the blacks and I’m
going to add 10 of cyan and reduce the yellow to negative 10. Reducing yellow gives us blue because the
opposite of yellow is blue, the opposite of magenta is green, the opposite of cyan is
red. If you can’t remember that, simply create
a color balance adjustment layer, and you can see that relationship here. Unfortunately, the selective color adjustment
layer is not labeled as nicely as the color balance adjustment layer. And by the way, if you’re interested in finding
out more about how the selective color adjustment layer works, then check out my video on color
toning. I use it exclusively in that video, and I
go into more detail on how it works. So I recommend checking it out. I’ll post a link right below on the description. But anyway, now I’m going to create a levels
adjustment layer, and this adjustment layer will only control the luminosity, so I’m gonna
call this layer luminosity. And I’m going to click on this black point
and drag to the right. So now, no pixel on this image will be darker
than this shade of gray, and I’m gonna click and drag the white point to the left, so that no pixel in this image
will be brighter than the shade of gray. So again, we’re trying to create that low
quality VHS VCR retro effect. Finally, I’m going to add one layer, and I’ll
call it noise. Then I can fill with whatever color, so I’m
gonna fill with black. Black is my foreground color so, alt and backspace
to fill with the foreground color. Then I’m going to go into filter, noise, add
noise. I’m going to make sure that monochromatic
is unchecked, and I’m just going increase the noise all the way to 400% and Press OK. Then, I’m going to change the blending mode
to soft light, and the opacity to 30%, and you see the effect we have here. And it looks like I missed one step, I apologize
for that, I’m going to go back and double click on this layer, and disable the green
and blue channel and only stay with the red channel to create that effect you see there. I’m going to Press OK, and the image is looking
much, much better. Now I’m going to select the noise layer, then
I’m going to hold shift and click on the red layer. That way, it selects all the layers in between,
then press control g, commend g on the Mac, and I can call this VHS/VCR effect, and that
controls all the effects. If you would like to apply this effect to
another photo, simply double click on the layer thumbnail to open the Smart Object,
then simply place any photo over the original. This case we’ll use this guy once again. I’ll place him into position, press Ctrl S,
Command s on the Mac to save, go back into my working document, and now, I have that
same effect on this photo. So this is a great way of creating templates
in Photoshop. But that’s not all, I’m going to go back and
just delete this layer and continue working with the image that we have been using. If I enable the text layer, then you’ll have
the complete effect. Once again, you can download this font for
free, I’ll post a link right below in the description. In fact, you can download this PSD file so
you can use it as a template. And I’m going to tweak it a little bit more
and improve on it, so that the version that you download will be a little bit better than
this one. Let me know in the comments of you enjoyed
this technique and what you learned. And also, if you decide to create this effect,
share your results on Instagram with the hash tag PTC bits, I would love to see wat you
come up with. If this is your first time at the Photoshop
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79 Replies to “Photoshop Tutorial: VCR VHS Camcorder Glitch Effect [FREE PSD TEMPLATE INCLUDED]

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  2. You are simply the best! No one can explain the powerful PS in that simple way. Even for me as a German I can follow you easily.

  3. Very nice. Only problem is the overlaid text is to clean with no noise, scan lines or distortion like the rest of the image. The text should be blurred and have some ghosting from the text on the image.

  4. Initial release of photoshop on 19 February 1990
    so on 29 oct.. 85 may be ur bday/ 1st day of ur schooling.. man .. !!!

    well ! i have a question.. can u plz ? upload new tutorial on #Complete Potrait Retouching.
    As all tutorial on youtube are outdated and now we have PS with a lot of advancement.
    So please ! try to post the way you are retouching a potrait now days.
    n thanks for nice tutorial.. 🤗

  5. Why you don't apply any filters and layer style on the Red layer like for the Green and Blue?
    This is mistake or you do this on purpose?

  6. Great technique – educated and entertained me at the same time!
    And I'm also going to BTTF that date – although I guess another very significant – and sadly, too often forgotten – aspect of it is that Oct 26 1985 was the only date in the entire history of the universe to immediately follow Oct 25, 1985! 🤪

  7. This is really cool to learn, Jesus. And a fun project, too! Was the VHS Glitch popular in 85? 😀

  8. about the date….you owned your first ever VCR set….lol….
    i got stucked when i could not be able to get the same pattern…horizontal 1 Pattern…due the older version of PS….huhuhuhu

  9. I am from India.really your superb ,Sir, I love it and I weighting for next tutorial video. I want to learn Lr from the begins, thank you

  10. Great tutorial!! Thank you!! I guess that the date you wrote refers to the movie Back to the

  11. Sorry but for me, it has nothing to a "vhs effect"…a vhs video frame looks like this :

  12. Great video, thanks for sharing Jesus. Like you my channel creates photoshop tutorials that beginners will love, because they are easy to understand, removing any stress from the learning process.

  13. Can you make a Tutorial how to make the Avengers: Infinity War Text effect (As you did with the BlackPanther Logo)?

  14. i tried the last part, clicking on the original smart obkect for it to open a new tab then putting a new photo in, pressed ctrl+s to save but it telling me "Cant sabe this doc. back to its original file format. flatten layers and discard extra data as necessary then choose file > save again" error. what should i do?

  15. Very nice. Only thing thats not working for me are the scanlines. It just gives me a grey flat overlay as opposed to lines 😀

  16. The picture should be also cropped to a 4:3 screen ratio to really sell the effect. That ratio format was standard back in the 90s and 2000s and i miss it so much.

  17. Can someone help me rq with this so i have the file all up and running on Photoshop but idk how to delete the sample image? I tried the normal tactics like right clicking and then deleting or just clicking the delete button but none work please someone help

  18. Thank you for this video! Im doing a weekly photoshop challenge to increase my skills and this helped alot!

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