How do you get these effects?

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HotSaus Junior Member • Posts: 39
How do you get these effects?

I have seen a lot of pictures similar to these and cant figure out how they get the washed out look. And that textured look in the background on some of them.

Allen Gerdes Veteran Member • Posts: 5,635
Re: How do you get these effects?

Using curves adjustment layers is likely the best bet.  Of course, there are plugins that emulate these effects, at least similarly.

Regards....Allen

Babine Veteran Member • Posts: 7,091
Re: How do you get these effects?

One way is apply a gradient(s?) with your choice of colours and a grunge-style pattern overlayed in soft light mode.

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OP HotSaus Junior Member • Posts: 39
Re: How do you get these effects?

Ok, I think I figured it out.

Heres my attempt

TheDman Regular Member • Posts: 367
Re: How do you get these effects?
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Open an Instagram account.

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edispics Veteran Member • Posts: 3,511
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Sorry, could not resist.

In all seriousness though, yes, you can create a lot of these effects using tools available in a product like PS.

More typically folks just use one of the many filters (that work with products such as PS) or standalone products that let you simply choose from hundreds of effects that you can apply with a single click. These products typically show you what your starting point photo will look like with the effect applied. Depending on the product you may then have some control over the nature of the effect.

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Urban acid...cross processing

Looks like a lot of cross processing going on.  As Allen wrote, mess around in the curves adjustment layer, but the first image reminds me of a PS action called Urban Acid, which is somewhere on the web as a free download.  Here is example, where I used it

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bravozulu Contributing Member • Posts: 897
Re: Urban acid...cross processing

I use Aperture for adjustment and the NIK plugins have many of those effects as presets. One I can recall is Faded Kodachrome.

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Re: How do you get these effects?

Bleach Bypass can get you close; add some contrast enhancements to finish the job.

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OP HotSaus Junior Member • Posts: 39
Re: How do you get these effects?

I actually use PSP x4. I am assuming that you guys are talking about PS only. Anywhere I can find a good tutorial or site for PSP plugins?

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Re: Topaz can do alot of this..

I am betting on some Topaz Plug IN...

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Allen Gerdes Veteran Member • Posts: 5,635
Re: How do you get these effects?

You can find many very good free plugins here: http://www.thepluginsite.com/resources/freeps.htm

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OP HotSaus Junior Member • Posts: 39
Re: How do you get these effects?

Any suggestions?

Allen Gerdes Veteran Member • Posts: 5,635
Re: How do you get these effects?

Filter Forge has a series of 6 free plugins called Freepacks and the Freepack 2 - Photo Effects plugin has many different presets in seven different areas. The one called LOMO has nine different presets, all of which are customizable by clicking on the Settings tab and adjusting the sliders to taste. The Freepack 2 - Photo Effects plugin, as well as the other six free plugins may be downloaded here: http://www.filterforge.com/download/

Just download the free plugin and install it in your plugins folder of your photo-editing software and you should be good to go. Let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Regards....Allen

OP HotSaus Junior Member • Posts: 39
Re: How do you get these effects?

I tried downloading those, but most just disappear from the downloaded folder, almost immediately. The ones that do stay, dont seem to work.

But I found some standalone software that mimics some of the "instagram effects". But they still arent close to the above examples.

I am guessing that these effects are beyond me or anyone on these forums.

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Re: How do you get these effects?

Don't give up so easy There are lots of ready-made filters (try pixlr.com for online edits).  But if you can't find a filter that yields the results you want then you can learn to make these edits manually.

For the washed-out look, reduce the contrast and brighten the shadows. Desaturate a bit.  Add a layer, fill it with sepia (or really any tone you want) and adjust the layer opacity.

Adding a texture is easy when your PP software supports layers. Open your photo. Then import a texture image as a new layer. Find a texture you like here or from any number of other sources. Resize the texture if necessary to fit your photo. Then adjust the transparency and blending mode of the texture layer until you get something you like. Video tutorial here.

There are so many ways to adjust colors: curves, the color mixer, brushes and gradients. Experiment with the tools you have.

Oh yeah, and learn how to add a vignette.  Now you can do anything Instagram can do (except for the part about Facebook and 1 billion dollars).  Good luck and have fun.

Allen Gerdes Veteran Member • Posts: 5,635
Re: How do you get these effects?

I am not sure what you are doing during the download and install, but they should not "disappear" once downloaded and installed.  What photoeditor are you using (i.e. Photoshop CS6, Elements, PSPX5, etc..)?  Are you on a PC or Mac, because there are separate plugins for each operating system.

For the Freepack2 - Photo Effects, you should have downloaded a file titled; Filter Forge Freepack 2 Setup.exe.  Look in your Downloads folder to see if you can find this file.  If so, then you need double left click on it to begin the installation of the plugin into your editor's plugin folder (you will need to know where to install the plugin for it to work with your editor software).  If you are unfamiliar with doing this, then you need to find a friend that does know how and enlist their help in getting the plugin installed.

Hope this helps.  Regards....Allen

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Re: How do you get these effects?

Allen Gerdes wrote:

I am not sure what you are doing during the download and install, but they should not "disappear" once downloaded and installed. What photoeditor are you using (i.e. Photoshop CS6, Elements, PSPX5, etc..)? Are you on a PC or Mac, because there are separate plugins for each operating system.

For the Freepack2 - Photo Effects, you should have downloaded a file titled; Filter Forge Freepack 2 Setup.exe. Look in your Downloads folder to see if you can find this file. If so, then you need double left click on it to begin the installation of the plugin into your editor's plugin folder (you will need to know where to install the plugin for it to work with your editor software). If you are unfamiliar with doing this, then you need to find a friend that does know how and enlist their help in getting the plugin installed.

Hope this helps. Regards....Allen

I also do get some error messages once a while when i try to use them but they are working. Sometimes it's locking photoshop cs6 extended. So, it's either not Windows 8.1 compatible or not completely cs6 and CC compatible.

Some error messages about memory...

OP HotSaus Junior Member • Posts: 39
Re: How do you get these effects?

Acmespaceship wrote:

Don't give up so easy There are lots of ready-made filters (try pixlr.com for online edits). But if you can't find a filter that yields the results you want then you can learn to make these edits manually.

For the washed-out look, reduce the contrast and brighten the shadows. Desaturate a bit. Add a layer, fill it with sepia (or really any tone you want) and adjust the layer opacity.

Adding a texture is easy when your PP software supports layers. Open your photo. Then import a texture image as a new layer. Find a texture you like here or from any number of other sources. Resize the texture if necessary to fit your photo. Then adjust the transparency and blending mode of the texture layer until you get something you like. Video tutorial here.

There are so many ways to adjust colors: curves, the color mixer, brushes and gradients. Experiment with the tools you have.

Oh yeah, and learn how to add a vignette. Now you can do anything Instagram can do (except for the part about Facebook and 1 billion dollars). Good luck and have fun.

Thank you, this is exactly the information I was looking for.

Also, the reason the filter forge was disappearing, is because my anti virus keeps moving it to quarantine.

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NicoleMakena Junior Member • Posts: 37
Re: How do you get these effects?

I love this look as well I like to call it photo from the 60s or 70s am curious to read what the other posters said.  I think there is a preset you can buy for lightroom that creates this affect.

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