How to get pictures to look like this?

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by prophet, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. prophet

    prophet Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 10, 2014
  2. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    White balance, playing with saturation overall plus also the saturation/luminance values for selected colours (greens, yellows in this case), perhaps a bit of blurring of the background and applying sharpening/clarity to the main subject. Some of these adjustments will be made to the whole image, some to specific parts of the image.

    How you go about doing those sort of things is going to depend on the software you use because different applications work in different ways. You may be able to locate presets, either free ones or purchasing commercial presets, which go a long way towards delivering this sort of result but not all applications support presets.
  3. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    A large aspect will be reduction of contrast (especially lifting of blacks), and split toning.
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  4. TassieFig

    TassieFig Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 28, 2013
    Tasmania, Australia
    A good place to look for a preset is StuckinCustom if you like Trey Ratcliff style. Maybe you could ask him directly about this particular photo ;)
  5. Tenpenny

    Tenpenny Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 16, 2015
    Nampa, Idaho
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    Brent Watkins
    I believe you can also achieve this look in photoshop by adding a color balance adjustment layer. looks like cyan was punched up in the shadows and yellow in the highlights.
  6. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror!

    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
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    Perhaps post a picture that you'd like to see get edited by users here.
  7. marcsitkin

    marcsitkin Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 24, 2013
    Harwich, MA USA
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    Marc Sitkin
    Nik Filters Analog effects offers a starting point for looks like that. Or, take a time machine back to the 70's :)
  8. AG_Alex2097

    AG_Alex2097 Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 18, 2015
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    Alex S.
    Push cyan highlights (a little), midtones and shadows (a lot) in the shadow areas of the picture, push magenta shadows and midtones (a little) on lit areas, increase the overall yellows (a little) and the overall greens (a tiny bit), finally pull up the blacks & decrease contrast
    Should get you 80% of the way there, the rest is refining, what makes this picture stand out is the reflections due to the wet surfaces though (great picture, nice eye from the photographer), you're not going to get this with normal shadows (since it's the highlights in the shadow that make the effect here)

    Here's an attempt at de-processing, using the parameters mentioned above
    Gyazo - 369074a28ec245b2258a83d2a307ac31.png
    (maybe still a little bit too much magenta in there and perhaps pushed contrast a bit too much)
    If it's not ok to have edited the picture, please let me know and i'll remove the link, just using it for demonstration purposes here
    But you don't need to go around searching for the right plugin filters to purchase when you have full control over it this way
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  9. Nathanael

    Nathanael Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 12, 2015
  10. InlawBiker

    InlawBiker Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 1, 2012
    Seattle, WA
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    For a while VSCO had a free trial pack with Kodak Gold and Tri-X. It really does look just like Kodak Gold! I love VSCO, the filters really work as advertised. I don't see the free version on their site anymore though.
  11. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
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    This is split toning. You can give your highlights and shadow areas specific color tones. Notice the shadows are green.
  12. svenkarma

    svenkarma Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 5, 2013
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    mark evans
    As a moderately color-blind person to whom the concept of a "color balance adjustment layer" is kinda problematic, might I ask how this effect can be approximated by e.g. the tone curves in Lightroom?
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  13. PacNWMike

    PacNWMike Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 5, 2014
    Salish Sea
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    That's the kind of "retro" look that makes me think I'd better start scanning negatives before they all look like that :)
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  14. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    I'd probably start by using the Split Toning panel which lets you apply different tints to the highlights and the shadows. You can choose your own tints from a colour picker.

    Alternatively you can go to the point curves in the Curves panel and make different adjustments to the individual red, green, and blue curves available there but you may find it harder dealing in the specific tints you want. The Split Toning panel is a much simpler and easier option to start working with.

    If you are moderately colour blind you may find the curves option much harder to work with than the Split Toning panel.
  15. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
    Not all of them. Check the lower left. There is split toning but also a mask as you can see some halos in the greenish shadow edges.
  16. GBarrington

    GBarrington Mu-43 Veteran

    LOTS of filter programs offer this sort of effect, just look for those filters that are named some variant of "retro" or "old film". Not to demean your interests in this, but if you are like many photographers, you will get tired of this sort of thing pretty quickly.
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  17. aidanw

    aidanw Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 19, 2012
    Wellington, NZ
    Suggestion is to use an effects app (I use ON1 Effects 10 because it was free, integrates with LR and it's pretty good, albeit slow!) on a virtual copy of your photo. Then try mimic what the effect did in LR yourself. You'll hopefully be able to see what has been changed.
  18. dmcgrew

    dmcgrew Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 1, 2016
    VSCO Film Lightroom filters have a ton of similar retro looks. That's the way to go IMO.
  19. silver92b

    silver92b Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 7, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    ON 1 software suite has a number of presets and filters that can give you similar effects. One click can get you any number of effects you might like, and then you can modify them as you desire and save them as your own custom preset. I'm not a shill for this software, but I got it and it proved very useful. I also use the NIK software suite which is great, but I'm not sure it's still available. I'd try these types of software solutions to get started and then manipulate your images further to suit your creative ideas. :biggrin:
  20. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
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    Andrew Lossing
    Perfect Effects is very good. Easy to overdo these sorts of effects though, I'd call the example you posted just about on the guilty side of that.