Posted by Angela @ farragio on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Under: photography
Photography is an important part of running an online business. I find that I'm constantly having to take photographs, not only of my skin care products, but of other related subjects for my website, Facebook, Instagram, etc.
The Gingham filter is a popular filter on Instagram and in searching the internet for a way to recreate it in Photoshop (CS4 in my case), the different tutorials I found were way too complicated. I decided there had to be an easier way, and it turned out I was right (for once! lol).
All it takes is a few easy steps to recreate the lightened Gingham effect. For those who aren't very familiar with how to use Photoshop I've gone ahead and included all the steps from start to finish - from opening the image to the final save -but if you're familiar with Photoshop then jump ahead to Step 7.
Let me know what you think in the comments section; I would love to hear how it worked for you. Feel free to comment with any questions, too.
Here is my Instagram photo that I wanted to recreate using Photoshop.
This is the original photo that I wanted to recreate the Gingham filter with.
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Open your original photo in Photoshop.
Start working on resizing your photo to get it to the standard Instagram size of 1080 x 1080 by clicking on Image at the top of the window and then selecting Image Size.
For this particular photo, I increased the smallest dimension, which was the height, to 1080. (Make sure "Scale Styles" is check-marked so the ratio proportions stay intact.)
Next I wanted to scale the width of the photo to 1080, so I clicked Image again at the top of the window and then selected Canvas Size. I then changed the output from Inches to Pixels.
Then I changed the width to 1080. (I also set the anchor to the right side of the photo since I wanted the gift box to stay in the picture.)
If you decrease size in Canvas Size it will make sure you really want to do that. Click Proceed.
This is my photo resized to 1080 x 1080.
Next, under Filter, move your mouse down to Sharpen to open the drop menu, and then select Sharpen in the drop menu.
Next, create a new layer by clicking on Layer at the top, hovering your mouse over New, and then selecting Layer. It will ask you if you want to name the layer but it isn't necessary to do that.
Making sure your new layer is highlighted (see top right), you're now going to lighten the photo.
Make sure the paint bucket icon is selected (see middle left), and make sure white is the selected color (bottom left), then go up to the top of the window where it says "Opacity" and change the percentage to 12% (or higher or lower, depending on the amount of lightness you want).
Then click your mouse with the paint bucket on the photo, and voila! A lightened Gingham effect.
Save your new filtered photo.
And, you're done!
I don't know about you, but I think it turned out pretty close.
Instagram photo again
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