How to Achieve Instagram's Effect on Photoshop

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

How to Achieve Instagram's Effect on Photoshop
Hi all! The much-awaited Eid-ul-Fitr is finally upon us! And I want to wish you a very happy and joyous Eid-ul-Fitr... :)

In this festive moment, people like to share their photos with family and friends through social network. Especially here in Indonesia, Instagram is one of the most favorite social network to be used. I am pretty sure that most of you like how Instagram can make a mediocre photos become more interesting by applying it's digital filter. But the problem is, this application only available for smartphones that based on Apple OS and Android. Apart from the photo-sharing social network that becomes it's service, you actually not necessarily own the application to apply those interesting filters to your photo. As a person who doesn't use apple nor android phone, now I will
show you how to achieve the Instagram's effects using Photoshop. One of my favorite Instagram filter is the "Nashville", so right now I will show you an easy to follow tutorial for you to achieve the same effect on your photos.

Step 1
This time, I will use a photo of me and my cousins in this Eid-ul-Fitr moment as a sample

Open your photo in Photoshop. Right-click on the background layer and select the "Duplicate Layer" option. This is a very useful way since it's important to make a backup when you are failed to achieve the result you wish in the future.
Step 2

Create a new layer by clicking this "Create new layer" icon
Click on the "Set foreground color" as shown below:
After you click it, this Color Picker window will appear. Just fill the boxes with this numbers>>> Red: 247, Green: 217, Blue 173. Then click "OK".
To fill the layer with the color you have picked, press "Option + Delete" if you use Mac. Or "Alt + Spacebar" if you do this on Windows.  Then your screen would look like this. 
Set the blending mode of the "Layer 1" as Multiply
Then your photo would look like this:

Step 3
Click back on the "Background copy" layer and do curve adjustment: click Image> Adjustments > Curves. 
When the Curve window appears, First go into the green  channel an put the output to 37. Then go to the blue channel and put the output to 133. 
Step 4
Click Image> Adjustments> Levels, change the gamma (the middle) to 1.36 and the input to 236.
Step 5
Let's play the contrast by going to Image> Adjustments> Brightness/ Contrast. Put the brightness to 6 and contrast to 51. Don't forget to uncheck "Use Legacy: if it is checked. You can actually adjust the brightness and contrast numbers according the result you desire.
Step 6
Give another curves to the image by again going to Image> Adjustments> Curves. This time go to the green channel and put the input to 13 and in the blue channel, put the input to 88.
Step 7
To give more depth, let's adjust the contrast once more by going to Image> Adjustments> Brightness/ Contrast. Simply enter the brightness to -10 and contrast 35.
Step 8
Give another one last curves touch by going to Image> Adjustments> Curves. Go to the red channel and put the output to 25 and in the blue channel, put the output to 20 (these numbers are according to the result you wish)
The end result:
That's all for the basic "Nashville" effect. But if you wish to add more interesting touch. I will show you on these following steps:

Step 9
Add one more "New Layer" on the top of other layers. Click the gradient tool.
Then choose the gradient type: Radial Gradient
And edit the gradient, and choose the "Foreground to Transparent" type
Then start dragging from any point to begin the gradient, and release your mouse to ends it
Then the result would look like this:
Last thing, with a little creativity, you can make the gradients even more interesting by adding other photoshop effect such as "Lens Flare" like the picture below. Good luck and happy trying! :)

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