Just like the Retrowave music genre, the aesthetics of the 1980s have inspired the popular art style that incorporates visual elements from 80s arcades, action movies, fashion and pop culture. Wireframe computer graphics, reflective chrome text, electric blues and hot pinks are just some of the themes associated with this nostalgic style. Follow along with this Adobe Photoshop tutorial to create your own retro artwork, featuring a surreal sci-fi scene with vivid colours.

How To Create 80s Style “Retrowave” Art in Adobe Photoshop

You can immerse yourself with 80s inspired art with a quick Pinterest or Tumblr search, where you’ll quickly discover reoccurring elements and styles that form the basis of this popular look. Some of those features we’ll use in this tutorial are the Tron-like grid, distant mountains on the horizon, vibrant dusk sky and a floating moon to create a surreal scene you might expect to find on a synthwave album cover or on the side of an arcade machine!

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  1. A Photoshop tutorial that requires Illustrator. Odd. I don’t have Illustrator (plus it’s a separate pay package).

  2. Thank you so much for this fantastic tutorial – I learnt so much from it! I’ve been following you for a while. You’re such an inspiration. As someone with a growing love for creating retrowave art, it would be grand if you could do more of these tutorials :) thanks again!

  3. A very useful guide. Out of curiosity, I took it step by step and it came out great: D The biggest problem I had with this concave grid I do not know why my program somehow misspelled it ..

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