When I edit my photos I’ll often mute down the contrast and colours and try to make everything a little more… calm. Calm and ‘filmish’. Like it could have been taken in 1971.
There are Japanese scientists at Canon and Nikon etc tearing out their hair right now because of people like me – they’ve spent their whole professional careers optimising everything in order to give us really black blacks and incredible dynamic range, and here I am throwing it back in their faces! I hope they don’t take it personally – I like the ‘proper’ colours too, honest!
If I’m using Photoshop to do this I tend to use the ‘Selective Color’ adjustment mode – it’s a really quick and easy way of getting results – I’ve mentioned it before here.
I recently decided to make some Photoshop Actions to speed up the process even more so thought I’d share them with you (there’s a link at the end to download).
You can see how it looks in the examples below – they’ll look different depending on what sort of photo you’re starting with (SOOC stands for ‘straight out of camera’)…
Some photos will give very subtle results – these are adjustment layers though so you can always up the sliders to get a stronger look. They make for a good starting point with a photo anyway, if this is the sort of effect you’re after.
Here you go then, here’s a Photoshop action for you containing 7 different calm, muted looks for your photos…
[button size=”large” bgColor=”#6eb5c7″ link=”http://www.angiemuldowney.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/calm.zip”]Calm and carrying on – Photoshop action[/button]
And if you need a helping hand, here’s a guide on how to run and install a Photoshop action.
What sort of processing do you do to your digital photos? I’d love to know!
Izzy7 September 2012 at 06:49
Oh I love rouged knees 😀
Michelle7 September 2012 at 12:48
These are great. I also love roughed knees!
Roxanne7 September 2012 at 21:51
These are fabulous! I really like smudged lipstick.
Jia Ni8 September 2012 at 06:01
Thank you! These are so beautiful. xo
Rhianne12 September 2012 at 08:34
Go you! they look great Angie!
arvee14 September 2012 at 03:09
Love the first photo! What particular PS action did you use for that one? I’ve always loved that dreamy look in film photos!
Dixie25 September 2012 at 15:44
Thank you for offering these, they are lovely!
Carrie6 October 2012 at 01:30
Can these actions be used in PSE 10 also?
Angie10 October 2012 at 19:13
Hi Carrie – I’m not 100% sure as I only have access to the Regular Photoshop – they use quite basic features so hopefully they will.
Maria12 November 2012 at 12:12
why does the link not open =(