Lately, I've been getting into different photo effects and I've been especially interested in creating vintage looks. My favorite so far uses the Camera Raw filter in Photoshop. It's my favorite because the look is subtle but striking and the method is super fast and easy.
Let me show you how I do it.
Here's the photo that I'll be working on:
With this image open in Photoshop, I'll open the Camera Raw filter by choosing Filter>Camera Raw Filter from the top menu bar.
My first adjustment is to bring the saturation down a bit. To do this, I'll reduce the saturation to -20 in the Camera Raw basic settings.
Next, I'm going to use the Split Toning panel. This panel lets you change and add color tones separately to the highlights and shadows of a photo.
The Split Toning panel can be found by clicking on the fifth Image Adjustment tab in the section just above the Camera Raw settings menu. The Split Toning tab looks like two horizontal bars.
Once in the Split Toning panel, I'll change the settings as follows. In the Highlights section, I'll enter a Hue of 245 and a Saturation of 20. In the Shadows section, I'll input a Hue of 278 and a Saturation of 40. I left the Balance slider unchanged at 0.
I'll also add a bit of a vignette effect. To do this, I'll use the Post Crop Vignetting feature found in the Effects panel. To get to the Effects panel, click on the Image Adjustment tab labeled with an fx.
The setting for the Post Crop Vignette can be found at the bottom of this panel. There, I'll add a vignette using the Highlight Priority style, with an Amount of -30, a Midpoint of 50 and a Feather value of 50.
That's it! I'm done! Click on OK to finish the edits and open the editied image in Photoshop.
Here are my before and after images.
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