Introduction: How to Make Instagram Filters in Photoshop

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Today i want to show you how to make instagram filters in photoshop in few simple clicks. The most important thing - all filters will be non-destructive and editable. So, let's start! :)

Step 1: Adjustment Layers

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We will make all the effects using "Adjustment Layers".

So, first of all - open your image.

Go to layer-new adjustment layer-curves. Now we can edit the image just by double click on our adjustment layer.

Step 2: Amaro Filter

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Our first filter will be "Amaro". Double click on our asdjutment layers and go to "red channel" and change the point to positions just like on picture. After make same with "Green" and "Blue" channels.

Now Amaro Filter is ready :) You can off/on effect just by clicking on eye icon near adjustment layer and also it's very simple to change effect - just play a little with curves or change opacity of the adjustment layer.

Step 3: Mayfair Filter

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We will make all other effects just in the same way. So, I will just add screenshoots with curves settings to each step.

Step 4: Rise Filter

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Step 5: Hudson Filter

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Step 6: Valencia Filter

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Step 7: X-Pro II Filter

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Step 8: Sierra Filter

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Step 9: Willow Filter

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To make this filter we need make another adjustment layer. Change Background and Foreground colors like on picture. Now go to layer-new adjusment layer-gradient map. This layer must be under our curves adjustment layer.

Step 10: Lo-Fi Filter

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Step 11: Earlybird Filter

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Step 12: Sutro Filter

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Step 13: Toaster Filter

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Step 14: Brannan Filter

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Step 15: InkWell Filter

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To make this filter we will need again an gradient layer. You must place this gradient layer above the curves layer. Also we will change RGB channel in general.

Step 16: Walden Filter

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Step 17: Hefe Filter

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Step 18: Nashville Filter

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Step 19: 1977 Filter

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Step 20: Kelvin Filter

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Step 21: How to Add Vignettes to Your Photos?

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Now I want to show you how to add vignettes to your photos.

First of all - make new fill layer. Go to layer-new-gradient fill.

Change style to "Radial" and click on "Reverse".

Now select your gradient fill layer and change blending mode to "Overlay" and change opacity to 45%. You can also try "Soft Light" blending mode and change the opacity to different values for the best effect.

Thanks for your attention! :)

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dionnekathleen made it! (author)2017-04-25

Thank you very much! I'm a fan of the Inkwell filter and decided to use it as an adjustment to all the photo's on my website. This article helped me lots and lots!

Andalusian Bob (author)2017-04-03

Thanks for the informative article. Do you know if you can create auto-enhancement tools in photoshop? I tried the preinstalled auto-correction tools but they didn't do much. It would be great to create conditional filters/presets that apply differently. Checked out conditional actions but found no interesting variables. It should work similar to this - but I would be able to create different options. I'm sure there's a way to do this without mastering computer science?

putuyuwono (author)2016-07-06

Great work! You are saving me a lot of time while developing my own photo filter app.

However, I notice there are some typos in Amaro filter.
I think it should be like the following configuration:
R = "0:19 30:62 82:148 128:188 145:200 255:250";

G = "0:0 48:72 115:188 160:220 233:245 255:255";

B = "0:25 35:80 106:175 151:188 215:215 240:235 255:245";

And for those people who are looking for Gingham filter, you can try this one:
R = "0:41 28:56 56:82 85:115 114:151 170:193 198:205 227:211 255:220";

G = "0:42 28:47 56:76 85:121 113:155 141:176 170:191 198:201 227:207 255:214";

B = "0:43 28:51 56:85 85:122 113:159 141:184 170:197 198:203 227:208 255:213";

Got it from here.


CheeseBreadsticks (author)2016-04-20

Thanks! Would be good if someone made them into actions.

srm08 (author)2016-03-07

hi! this was incredibly helpful! do you happen to have any thoughts on how to replicate the Vesper or Gingham filters?

sumoncps (author)2015-12-06

I think a nice and helpful post to learn some things special.

MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-10-25

Nice bunch of information, very important on a picture based website.

Jan_Henrik (author)2014-10-03

Good job!

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