Add photo effects to Photoshop as in Instagram filters
Before you think about copying Snapchat, Instagram’s main goal was to make your photos from your phone much better. But smart image processing using applications should not remain only on your mobile device – you can make the same effects in Photoshop or any other photo editor using similar tools.
There are dozens of Instagram filters and many different ways to repeat them, and an almost unlimited number of possible combinations when it comes to customizing these effects. Therefore, experiment with the settings – you may have to select different settings to get the desired effect for your photo, but you can also use the recommendations described here.
However, before you start work, you should have a little experience in the photo editor, which you decide to use. These instructions below were created in Adobe Photoshop CS.
1. Clarendon filter
Clarendon brightens light areas and darkens dark areas, while using the dominant color in the image. According to the Trick Photoshop website, you can determine the dominant color in Photoshop by choosing Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Set the blur radius to 1000 pixels. Now activate the Eyedropper tool (I) and select a color swatch. Copy color number (hex code) in the color picker.
Then select Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Photo Filter (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Photo Filter). In the photo filter settings window that appears, paste the copied number of the selected color. Set the value Density (Density) up to 100 percent and make sure it is ticked Save glow (Preserve Luminosity).
Then select Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Vibration (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Vibrance) and increase the saturation by about 10–15 percent. Merge everything in one layer and enjoy the resulting photo with the Clarendon effect.
2. Amaro filter
Amaro increases the exposure of your photo, giving it the effect of film photography, while it also illuminates the center and darkens the edges of the picture. To create this effect you need to go to Image> Adjustment> Brightness / Contrast (Image, Adjustments and Brightness / Contrast) and set the approximate brightness value to 60 and contrast 12. Select Layer> Fill New Layer> Color (Layer> New Fill Layer> Solid Color) and set the pale yellow color (Photodoto website offers # fef7d9 for color numbers (hex code).
Change the blending mode to Usual (Normal) to Multiplication (Multiply) on the layers panel, and you should have a yellow tint. Merge the image, then go to Image> Correction> Levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels), select the blue channel and set the lower left slider from 0 to 117 to add a blue tint to your image.
All of these values may need to be improved depending on the photo you chose. Therefore, you can experiment, reduce contrast and play with medium tones by going to Image> Correction> Color balance (Image> Adjustments> Color Balance) in order to make a more dramatic effect.
Finally, you need to darken the edges of the image. Go to Filter (Filter) and select Camera Raw Filter. In the tab Correction of distortion (Lens Correction) below will be Vignetting (Vignetting). Adjust the sliders Effect (Amount) and Mid point (Midpoint) until you are happy with the result.
3. Hudson Filter
The classic Hudson filter on Instagram makes a more blue and cold color, while enhancing the dramatic effect of the shadows. According to the Gram Of The Day website, to achieve this effect, you must first go to Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Curves (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Curves), and then adjust the blue, red and green channels to create a blue semitone.
You can use the settings of the curves, which are listed on the website Gram Of The Day or download a ready-made file. But you can also customize everything yourself, as soon as you master the whole process of this work.
Next, choose Layer> New Fill Layer> Gradient (Layer> New Fill Layer> Gradient), then click on the color of the gradient to select the desired color. Set the left marker to color # 8099be, and the right marker to color # 2f1b1b and click OK.
Returning to the gradient fill dialog box, set the style to Radial (Radial), the angle is 90 degrees, and the scale is 150 percent. Uncheck parameters inversion (Reverse) and dithering (Dither), and for the parameter Align to layer (Align with layer) put the opposite. Click OK again. Finally, set the layer mode Overlap (Overlay) and install opacity (Opacity) up to 80 percent, and you get a picture with the effect of Hudson.
4. Mayfair filter
Next is Mayfair, which gives your photos a warm pink hue, a thin black border and easy vignetting – and again we owe these instructions to the Photodoto website. To create this effect you will have to play a bit with the settings to get the desired result.
First create two additional layers: right-click on the layer thumbnail in the layers panel and select Duplicate layer (Duplicate Layer). Select the top layer, select Picture> Correction> Black and White (Image> Adjustments> Black White) to get a black and white image. Click “OK”.
Site Photodoto offers to use a correction layer. Levels (Levels) (Ctrl + L or Cmd + L), and experiment with its values if desired. Then go to Curves (Curves) (Ctrl + M or Cmd + M) and create a thin shape S, as shown below.
Hide the top layer by removing the eyes icon in the word bar. Switch to the second duplicate layer below and adjust the levels and curves in the same way. Then make the black and white layer visible again, but set it to opacity (Opacity) by 50 percent.
If these settings fit your photo, you will already see the effect of the Mayfair filter. Next, above the black and white layer, create a correction layer. Gradient (Gradient) (click on the round icon at the bottom of the layers panel and select Gradient Map).
Click on the gradient, set the color to Violet / Orange, then click OK. Soften the effect by changing the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light) (via the drop-down menu at the top of the layers panel) and reduce the opacity to about 75%.
Finally, add a vignette as described in the Amaro filter section.
5. Reyes Filter
Reyes Reyes is a vintage filter that washes out color and reduces contrast. According to the site Trick Photoshop, the creation of this effect should start with a decrease in contrast. Choose Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Brightness / Contrast (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Brightness / Contrast) and then decrease contrast (Contrast) (move the slider all the way to the left). Duplicate the layer using the Ctrl + J key combination (Cmd + J on ?? macOS).
So we reduced the contrast, then we need to work with the color. Choose Layers> New Adjustment Layer> Vibration (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Vibrance) and drag the slider Vibration (Vibrance) to the left (our guide offers – 100), then you will see how the effect of our filter is formed.
Now you need to add a warm tint using the adjustment layer. Photo filter (Photo Filter). Click on the color of the photo filter and in the color picker window that appears, enter the color number # f8b558, then increase the density to 44 percent.
Last but not least, we are going to increase the brightness – Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Brightness / Contrast (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Brightness / Contrast) and then increase Brightness (brightness) (Tricky Photoshop site offers approximately 108). And here it is: a faded, vintage filter made using Photoshop.