April 4, 2012

How I edit my pictures: Vintage Filter Tutorial

I’ve gotten quite a few questions on how I’ve been editing my pictures lately, so I figured I ought to do a tutorial on it here on the ole’ blog.  It’s actually much simpler than you might suspect, thanks to a little thing called FREE PHOTOSHOP ACTIONS!  And what’s even better is that, with these particular actions, you don’t have to have the real deal Photoshop (which is a bazillion dollars).  All you need is Photoshop Elements—what I’ve been using for months now.  It has many of the same capabilities as Photoshop CS5, but for a fraction of the cost (about $80!).  There’s definitely a bit of a learning curve when you first get it, but you’re smart. I know you can do it. :)

Ok, here we go…

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1. Buy Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.  Familiarize yourself with the basics of layers and how other things work.  There are tutorials galore for this online, so just do a bit of Googling.

2. Go to thecoffeshopblog.com and download the Storybook Vintage action and the Simply Vintage action.  Rita has great instructions for installation here, and if I ran into any problems (which I think I did…) I just Googled it.  Google knows all.

3. Open up a picture.  Apply the Storybook Vintage action FIRST, and then delete the layer for the vignette (if you want to, that is.  I think it usually looks better without the vignette, which is the darkening around the edges of the picture).

4. Now apply the Simply Vintage action, and adjust contrast and brightness as needed under the “enhance” drop down menu at the top.  Here is the progression of a picture during the process:

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Sometimes I stop at step two, since that looks great also, and the colors are less muted.  Just depends on my mood and the pictures themselves.  Every picture is different, and some don’t look good with these actions, so just use your judgment.

I hope that helps!  There are lots of little things you’ll need to learn during the process, but practice makes perfect and it’s fun to play around with all of it!

Also, if you’re looking for a fabulous, creamy black and white action, Coffeshop’s Buttercream B&W is my favorite.

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Happy editing! :)

34 comments:

  1. Sweet! Thanks for sharing! Good tips!

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  2. Thanks, Jenni! How kind of you to share your blog wisdom! I love how pretty your pictures turn out, so it's nice to find out your editing secrets.

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  3. I LOVE the CoffeeShop Blog's free actions! I really just discovered them a month or so ago and have been playing around with them ever since! SO FREAKIN' EASY. Although, your photos would be fab sans edits...you've got an eye my dear! :)

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  4. Okay, I think its time for me to invest in photoshop elements!!!

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  5. Thanks for sharing! You look absolutely stunning in that last picture! xx, Allie

    www.alliesbubble.blogspot.com

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  6. Love these pics. Thanks for the tips!

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  7. Amazing. Thanks for the tutorial girl :)

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  8. Thanks for the tutorial! I've been keeping track of the good ones I've found. Now, I just need to get my hands on photoshop!

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  9. Thanks for sharing this link! I have just learned about photoshop actions and have been looking for more free ones!!

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  10. I love the vintage look to all your pictures

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  11. I have been waiting for this post for weeks now. And when I finally saw you posted it I shrieked at my desk at work. Thank you for this! And for the embarrassment from all of my co-workers!

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  12. Great tutorial! I have so much to learn about photoshop! Thanks!!

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  13. Awesome tips, I always love seeing how other people fix up their pictures. :)

    Just throwing this out there for my fellow internet users who may not be able to shell out the dough for Photoshop - there's a totally free program called GIMP out there that does a lot of the same stuff. It might be a little less refined than Photoshop, but it gets the job done. Many tutorials like this one translate over pretty well. I've used it for years!

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  14. So useful! I will be bookmarking this page for future reference :)

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  15. Awesome, thanks for sharing xo

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  16. soo what you are saying is i need to save up some money since i was already going to use my "blogging allowance" to sponsor a few gals (you being one of them..)

    or just not go shopping at old navy one time...

    but that is like impossible for me, and i know you wouldn't wish that on me..

    you are such a good friend (:

    but seriously, this is a great tutorial and i WILL be buying that ish soon- i never realized it was so cheap!

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  17. Oh geez you just saved me hours of yelling at my computer and possibly throwing it.

    I got Photoshop Elements for Christmas but still hadn't really figured out my way around it. I'm excited about it now!

    :)

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  18. I love that you always share what you learn! Thanks so much for this, Jenni! Take care! :-)

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  19. Sweet! Thank you for this it great how to!
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  20. I've been using a few actions I got for free lately, but seriously just need to take the time and download hers. I've been wanting them for ages, but too lazy to sit and one by one download them.

    I always run into a snag w/each download and end up walking away annoyed. But I'm determined to download now! :)
    Emily at Amazing Grapes

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  21. So nice of you to share! Love this look!

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  22. Thanks for sharing! My work laptop has Photoshop CS5 already loaded on it, I just need to find some time to teach myself to use it. Every time I open it I'm overwhelmed.

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  23. Ive downloaded and installed so many of her actions! I love them, and the vintage ones def a fave of mine also :)

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  24. Thank you SO much! I just posted about not being able to take/edit pictures ;)

    Jamie
    http://independentmrs.blogspot.com

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  25. After thinking (and only thinking...) about how I really wanted to figure out Photoshop actions, I finally took the plunge tonight! Thanks for all the tips. Took me a while to get everything straight, but I'm excited to play around with them now!

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  26. Thanks for sharing! I'm about to get photoshop and i'm soooooo excited!

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  27. I really love your blog, your style and you are actually one of my inspairations. Hope we could be friends.. you can check my blog if you want http://themanicqueen.blogspot.com/

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  28. Thank you so much for sharing how to do that. I always love the filters you have on your photos and can't wait to experiment myself!

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  29. A few of my favorite actions!! :) STILL in love with your messy hair bun, can you come fix mine?!

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  30. great tutorial, have been thinking about buying elements for so long now, really need to get started! the vintage look is lovely!

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  31. I've been wondering how you edit your photos to get them to look so great! So thanks for sharing! I can't wait to play around with these actions!

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