This is a very simple Photoshop technique for transforming your images into an old-fashioned, faded print look similar to what is done in the Instagram app.
|This is the original photo cropped into a square. The square format looks best with this technique.|
|Here is a selection of some colors you can use to create the top color layer. Once this layer is in place, change its mode to "Multiply".|
|This shows the levels set to modify the green channel by sliding the central slider to the left. You simply play with this slider until you achieve an effect you like.|
|This is what the combined vertical and horizontal Gradient layers look like when they are both in multiply mode and merged together. The next step is to change the merged layer to a luminosity mode and reduce its opacity to suit your taste.|
|One more example to show a different effect using the same technique. This time no vignette was created.|
|You can further reduce the faded look of the image by muting the colors using the Vibrance tool in Photoshop.|