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Okay, so I've been working out to some old VHS tapes with my wife. I wanted to get the look that they have. So I worked out a few pretty easy steps. There are a few technical things I'm overlooking such as interlacing and exact chroma resolution but I think the look works pretty well.

 

Required Plugins:

- Extract Channel

- BlendModes Plus

 

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Pre-pixel Distortion Method (For working with 720x480/640x480 images, or making a larger image of VHS quality but not true size.)

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1.

Add Noise

Intensity = (20 SP)(28 LP)(36 EP)

Color S. = 50

Cov. = 100

2.

Duplicate

Layer1 Steps

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1.

Motion Blur

Angle = 0

Distance = (8 SP)(12 LP)(16 EP)

2.

Select All

3.

Copy

NOTE: Layer1 will not be part of the final image

Layer2 Steps

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1.

Extract Channel

Channel = CMYK -Key

2.

Motion Blur

Angle = 0

Distance = (2 SP LP)(3 EP)

3.

BlendModes Plus

= Copy Image From Clipboard (this is how we're using layer1)

= Color

DONE!

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Scaled to Image Distortion Method (Means that now matter the how large the image is it will look like it came from a VHS tape.)

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1.

Add Noise

Intensity = (20 SP)(28 LP)(36 EP)(may depend on how lage the image is)

Color S. = 50

Cov. = 100

2.

Duplicate

Layer1 Steps

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1.

Motion Blur

Angle = 0

Distance = (Horz.Res./80 SP)(Horz.Res./60 LP)(Horz.Res./40 EP)

2.

Select All

3.

Copy

NOTE: Layer1 will not be part of the final image

Layer2 Steps

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1.

Extract Channel

Channel = CMYK -Key

2.

Motion Blur

Angle = 0

Distance = (Horz.Res./340 SP LP)(Horz.Res./280 EP)

3.

BlendModes Plus

= Copy Image From Clipboard (this is how we're using layer1)

= Color

4.

Motion Blur

Angle = 90

Distance = Vert.Res./480

DONE!

VHS_Ex.jpg

 

Edited by toe_head2001
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  • 2 months later...

For larger images, I think that if they are Gaussian blurred the right amount and you apply the effects multiplied by the resolution of the image you are trying it on, it works just as well.

EDIT: I also found that applying a sharpness effect with a large radius makes it look much more VHS'y

Edited by ssaamm
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