As you might already know from my Facebook page, I recently caved and joined Pinterest. And oh, can I see how that site can not only be addicting, but also a huge time drain!! Ahhh! But I digress.
Anyway, I’ve seen so many images on there that are vintage-y, muted, and just generally cool and interesting! Of course now I’m trying to figure out how to recreate the look. So I’ve been tapping into the power of the curves adjustment layer in Photoshop. I’ve really been playing around with moving the endpoints of the curves (the main RGB curve, along with the individual red, blue, and green curves) to see what kind of effects that creates.
There are a few adjustments I wanted to share. I started with this image again:
… and simply added this curves adjustment…
… to get this… (if you’re in your computer browser, you can see the before and after in the rollover)
I’m calling it Funky Curves Ruby. The RGB, red, and blue curves were altered.
If I use this curve instead…
… then I get this… (again, rollover for the before and after)
I’m calling this Funky Curves Matte. Just the RGB and blue curves were adjusted.
To adjust the curve, simply click a point on the curve and drag the line. To change which curve you are working on (from RGB to red, green, or blue), just click the dropdown for the different options:
I normally stick to clean edits, but I really like the effect this gives! When I did both the ‘Funky Curves Matte’ and the ‘Funky Curves Ruby’ layers and adjusted opacity, I came up with this (rollover for before)…
Anyways, I just wanted to share to maybe inspire you to play with the curves layer a bit. The adjustments are so simple to make but create an entirely different feel. If you want to download the curves layers I used above, I’ve recorded them into an action set available here. It contains Funky Curves Ruby and Funky Curves Matte. The opacity can obviously be adjusted to your liking.
I’d love to know what kind of interesting curves you’ve come up with! Or if these curves look interesting on your images, I’d love to see those, too. Please share here or on the Facebook page. And if you are a pro at creating that vintage-y, muted look, please do share your method!