Tutorial – The Instagram filter trend (do it yourself)

So, I picked up on the fact that you guys appreciate my small tutorials so here’s yet another one! Almost everything I know from Photoshop is self-learnt. I mean, we had a mandatory course in it last year in Uni, but I didn’t learn anything. Hehe.

Anyway, today I’m going to show you how to get a blue mist filter look to your images. It’s a cool effect that can spice up almost any picture. For this example, I borrowed a photo of a penguin (I like penguins) from Barcelona Zoo which my good friend Johanna took, and we will go from this:

penguineto this:


Ready? OK!

Step 1: Use curves to create contrast. Go to Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves and create an S-shape similar to this or until you see the contrast fit:
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Step 2: Create a blue color spot. Go to Layer – New Fill Layer – Gradient.

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In the first box that pops up you change Mode to Screen and Opacity to 60%.

In the next dialogue box you need to choose your gradient. Click on the Gradient box to get there, and to create your own gradient.

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Set the lower left color box to the blue color #31c2ff and the lower right to a slightly lighter one #a0e1fc. The upper right box needs to have Opacity 0% in order for the gradient to fade from blue to nothing.

Give your gradient a name and click New. You’ll use it again in the next step. Click OK.

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Set style to Radial to get a round gradient and set the Angle to around 40°. Click OK.

Step 3: Get a deeper blue tone. Create another Gradient Fill the same way as in Step 2.

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Set Mode to Screen again but drag Opacity down to 30%.

In the next dialogue box you choose the gradient you just saved (if you didn’t save it you need to create it again). Leave Style setting at Linear and Angle 90°. Change Scale to 150% and click OK.

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Step 4: Last color adjustments. If you’re satisfied you can skip this step, but if you want some last adjustments create a new Adjustment Layer at Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Color Balance.

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Only adjust the Midtones. Get more red and blue into the image, around 20% on both colors should do it.

And then you’re done!