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Retro Paint-Act - PS Action + Kit

Retro Paint-Act is a powerful action for photoshop, with it you can give an appearance like from the fifties to their images. At that time, the process was taking a picture for an artist then do a painting, this technique was widely used in the advertising for magazines and movie posters.

In this kit there are 2 sets of actions, the first is fully automated, which you only need to click and go. The second group contains the same actions but you can control them "levels" and "shadows and highlights", this allows a more optimal result according to the original image.

Additionally, you will find a PSD file that contains 10 textures of old papers, 1 set of 20 Vintage Ink Brushes, a list of links to free download 12 beautiful fonts from the 50's and a simple demonstration video to help you personalize your effect.

About Majestic Filter

Thinking about improving and making more realistic our Retro Paint-Act, we have totally incorporated for free the Majestic Filter, which is nothing more than a set of actions that significantly improve the results and bring us closer to the appearance of the paintings of the years 50s, this is not perfect, but it can be a great tool for our projects. You can use it automatically or if you prefer to use the customized and commented version to have more control of the final result.


It is very important to choose a good basic image, with good color tones, excellent lighting and resolution for the best results.


  • Use CC2014 Actions for Adobe Photoshop CC2014+
  • Use CS6/CC Actions for Adobe Photoshop CC o previous versions

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  1. The Initial actions have been modified to allow customization grain effect (Allows the grain is dark enough to not overexpose the image).
  2. Joined the end of each action the ability to adjust the color balance, if necessary.
  3. The action "Retro Effect Paint-Act for CC2014" was incorporated.
  4. Paint texture was improved in the final result.
  5. The customizable actions named "Custom" were updated with several messages before applying the effect where the user needs to adjust values.

Note: I want to thank Josué Menjivar to contribute a little trick to improve support of this action for Photoshop CC2014. His advice I've put into practice along with other options and tools that allowed me to reach a result almost identical to the version that requires the Oil Paint Plugin.

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