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An old school Brannan photo effect with Photoshop

We are going to recreate the popular Brannan filter from a popular iPhone photo sharing camera app Instagram.

 
  Author: mat | Version: CS5 | 29th December 2011 |  
 
 
1.
 

Open a picture you want to apply the Brannan effect to.

Click here if you want to learn how to apply the Instagram Hefe effect to a photo.

 
 
2.
 

Press Ctrl+J to duplicate the layer and set the new layer blending mode to Overlay (see picture).

 
 
3.
 

Press Shift + Ctrl + U to Desaturate the layer and set the Opacity to 38%.

 
 
4.
 

Select the original (Backround) layer.

 
 
5.
 

Press Ctrl + U to open Hue/Saturation window and set the Saturation to -30.

Click OK.

 
 
6.
 

In the menu click Layer and choose Merge Visible.

Press Ctrl + L to open Levels window and choose the same settings as I did ...

 
 
7.
 

... choose the Red channel and choose the same settings as I did ...

 
 
8.
 

... choose the Green channel and choose the same settings as I did ...

 
 
9.
 

... choose the Blue channel and choose the same settings as I did ...

Click OK.

 
 
10.
 

In the menu click Image, Adjustment and choose Brightness/Contrast...

Set the Brightness to -10 and Contrast to 5.

Click OK.

 
 
11.
 

Click Create a new layer button (see picture).

 
 
12.
 

Click Set the foreground color (see picture)...

 
 
13.
 

And put in the color code # fff8f2.

Click OK.

 
 
14.
 

Set the new layer blending mode to Multiply.

 
 
15.
 

You picture should look little something like this at this point.

 
 
16.
 

Now select the original layer.

 
 
17.
 

Press Ctrl + L to open Levels window and choose the same settings as I did ...

 
 
18.
 

... choose the Red channel and choose the same settings as I did ...

 
 
19.
 

... choose the Green channel and choose the same settings as I did ...

 
 
20.
 

... choose the Blue channel and choose the same settings as I did ...

Click OK.

 
 
21.
 

In the menu click Image, Adjustment and choose Brightness/Contrast...

Set the Brightness to -4 and Contrast to -1.

Click OK.

 
 
22.
 

Again in the menu click Image, Adjustment and choose Brightness/Contrast...

Set the Brightness to 14 and click OK.

 
 
23.
 

And you are done!

Just use our Forum in case of any questions or doubts.

Click here if you want to learn how to apply the Instagram Hefe effect to a photo.

 
 
 
   
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