How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Do you like that grunge, glitched look on old VHS tapes? There are different ways to add such effects to your images and even create an animation from a static photo using an Animated VHS Creation Kit.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

This tutorial will show you how to convert your image to a VHS frame in simple steps using only standard Photoshop tools.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

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1. Prepare the Document

Step 1

Use Control-Nto create a new document and use thefollowing settings:1500 x 1000 px; 300 dpi.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Go to File>Place and put your image inside the document.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Resize your image to the borders of the document and click Enter.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Click Tand create a new text layer in the top right corner.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Click U and select Polygon Tool,and create a triangle shape. Then place it as shown in the image below:

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Select your layers by holding Shiftand then Right Click>Merge Layers.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

NowRight Click on the layer and thenConvert to Smart Object.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

Create four duplicates of your smart object using Right Click>Duplicate.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

2. Create the Effects

Step 1

Make all layers except the first two invisible, and then Double Click on the second layer andUncheck the Green and Blue channels.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Click V and Move your second layer,holding Shift, 30 px to the right.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Make the third layer visibleand Uncheck the Red and Green channels the same way as listed above. Then move it, holding Shift,20 px to the left.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Make the fourth layer visible, and go to Layer> New Adjustments Layer>Hue/Saturation.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Double Click on the adjustments layer and change the Saturation setting to +100.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

As you can see, the saturation effect is applied on the entire image, but we need to crop it to only a few areas.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Right Click on the “Hue/Saturation” layer and selectClipping Mask, so this effect will be applied only on the necessary layer.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

Now Add Mask to the fourth layer.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

Alt-Left Clickto open the mask layer. Fill it with black.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 9

Click M and select the areas on the mask where you want to reveal the effect, and Fill it with white.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Now the saturation effect is applied only on a few areas:

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 10

Add aMask to the fifth layerand Fill it with black. Then create a big white areaa littleabove the center.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 11

Move this layer600 px down, whileholdingShift.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 12

Go to Filter>Blur>Motion Blur and use the following settings: Angle: 15°; Distance: 15.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 13

Let’s add some more distortion to the image. Go toFilter>Distortion>Twirland use the following settings: Angle:50°.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 14

Right Click ontheHue/Saturation layer and selectDuplicate. Thenput it above the fifth layerand Create A Clipping Mask.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

This is how our image will look after all the manipulations listed above:

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

3. Create the VHS Textures

Step 1

Create a new layer using Shift-Control-N, and Fill it with white.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Go to Filter>Filter Gallery> Sketchand select Halftone Pattern. Use thefollowing settings: Size: 2; Contrast: 2.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Double Сlick on the layer and set the following settings: Blending Mode: Overlay; Opacity: 25%.UnchecktheRed and Blue channels.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Duplicate the texture layer and then use Control-Twhileholding Shift torotate it90° and resize to the borders.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Double Clickon the layer and set the following settings: Blending Mode: Normal; Opacity: 15%.UnchecktheGreen and Blue color channels.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Click U and select Rectangle Tool. Then create a shape with the following settings: Width: 1800 px; Height: 120.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

Right Click on the rectangle layer and select Rasterize Layer.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

Go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise and use the following settings: Amount: 400%; Distribution: Uniform; Monochromatic.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 9

Go to Filter>Blur>Motion Blur and use the following settings: Angle: 0°; Distance: 20 px.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 10

Go to Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contrast and use the following settings: Brightness: 150; Contrast: 100.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 11

Use Control-Ion the rectangle layer to invert the colors of the noise texture, and then change theBlending Mode to Color Dodge.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 12

Duplicateyour noise stripe layer a few times and move it, holding Shift, to different places.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 13

Create a new layer usingShift-Control-N, andFillitwith black.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 14

Go toFilter> Noise>Add Noiseand use thefollowing settings: Amount: 400%; Distribution: Uniform; Monochromatic.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 15

Now add thePatchwork effect usingFilter>Filter Gallery>Patchwork and use thefollowing settings: Square Size: 0; Relief: 0.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 16

Go toImage>Adjustments, select Threshold, and set it to 240.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 17

Double Clickon the layer and use the following settings: Blending Mode: Screen; Opacity: 100%.UnchecktheRed and Blue channels.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 18

Now you will need to Duplicate thelayer,Check the Red and Blue channels,andUncheck the Green channel.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 19

Move this new layer, holding Shift,60 px to the right.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 20

Create a new layer usingShift-Control-N andFillit with black. Changethe Fill optionto 0%.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 21

Double Click on the layer and selectthe Stroke parameter. Use the following settings: Size: 25 px; Position:Inside; Color: Black.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 22

Now you need to rasterize the layer style:Right Click> Rasterize LayerStyle.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 23

Go to Filter>Blur> Gaussian Blur and use the following settings: Radius: 4px.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 24

Resize your frame to fill the canvas using Control-Tand holding Shift.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

4.Color Corrections

Step 1

Now you will need to create color correction layers to make our image look more “VHS”. Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Curves.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Duplicate your curves layer and put it above the first layer.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Double click on the first curves layer icon and use the following settings:

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Now Double Click on the curves layer and change theOpacity of the curves to 35%.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Double click on the second curves layer and select the standard Photoshop preset “StrongContrast”.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

Awesome Work, You’re Now Done!

In this simple way, we can create VHS-style glitch artworks from any photo using only standard Photoshop tools.

How to Create VHS Glitch Art in Adobe Photoshop

You can alsocheck the animationcreated with theAnimated VHS Creation Kitfrom the same picture.