Tuesday, September 10, 2013

How to: Photo Vintage Effect (Instagram's Nashville) in Photoshop

I personally don't use Instagram, but I do love their photo filters! Nashville for instance is one of my absolute favorites. I love its comforting yet nostalgic summery feel and I use it a lot not only here around the blog but also in personal pictures. With this I mean that even if you don't have an Instagram account (not everybody can afford a fancy cellphone, right?), it is possible to apply this amazing photo filter to your favorite pictures! Here are a couple of examples:

Photo credit: Terra Mystique

In this blog post, I'll tell how to give your pictures a retro photo effect resembling Instagram's nashville. You will need Adobe Photoshop, though. I use PS CS5.5, but if you're using another version you should be able to follow all the steps without any struggle. There are many tutorials on how to apply similar effects around there; this one is a combination between tutorials I have tried out and a pinch of my own Photoshop knowledge.

Photo Vintage Effect Tutorial
in Photoshop CS5.5

1. Open your picture in PS and start by creating a new layer (Layer > New > Layer).

2. Set 'Multiply' as the new layer's blend mode.

3. Select a foreground color with the following RGB values: R: 250, G: 220 and B: 180 (or #fabcd4). Next, use the Paint Bucket Tool to fill the new layer with the selected color.
Tip: Add this color to your swatches so you won't have to go through the whole color selection proccess again in the future!

4. Next step is to apply curves to your photo. For that, select the photo's layer on the Layers window and click on the 'Create new fill or adjustment layer' button. Select 'Curves...'.

5. Open the Red channel (in the small drop-down menu), click on the lower point of the graphic line and type 5 in 'Output'. Do the same for the Green and Blue channels, typing the values 40 and 100, respectively.

6. Click again on the 'Create new fill or adjustment layer' button and select 'Levels'. Write 1,20 in the middle box right under the graphic and 230 in the box to the right.

7. Same thing for 'Brightness/Contrast'. Type 5 on 'Brightness' and 30 on 'Contrast'.

8. Create another 'Curves' adjustment layer and type the following values for channels Red, Green and Blue respectively, but this time on 'Input': 5, 20 and 50.

9. Finally, create another 'Brightness/Contrast' adjustment layer and type -5 brightness and 30 contrast.

10 (optional). Make any adjustments if needed until you're happy with the result.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial on how to apply this unique vintage photo effect! I know this is a long proccess but after some pictures you will start doing it automatically, believe me. I personally can't get enough of this effect. :)

All the best,
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