I mean, how DO you process your photos – Retro Warm

Even though I am a color pop processing supporter, an occasional experiment with the creamy overlay is something that can make your photo look dreamy, nostalgic and cute. I actually came up with this GIMP processing minutes ago and decided to name it Retro Warm. It looks awesome on the photo that already has a boost up contrast and light. I can’t give you a specific contrast tutorial since it really depends on the light and exposure of your photo. But, here is one possible processing. Or, you can just hit copy background and then set the layer to soft light. But, like I’ve said, work with your light. I must say this tutorial looks awesome on photos with great back light and good light in general. And it has sort of a pinkish hue. Photo #1 shows the before and after photos and the second one is the curves setting to get the creamy finish. So, here it goes.


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    Pierre E.

    March 27, 2012

    simple and effective :)
    here is a little trick how you can get your picture a bit more vintage-like, drag and move the deepest black and the brightest white point a bit to the middle and increase the contrast with the same curve, than it looks like this (excuse the bad picture)


    analog pictures always have a affinity to thick tones, with that technique, you can simulate it, but I dont recommend to overdo it. (this is easy to to with “Levels” too)

    Thank you Ines, now I love GIMP :)

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      Ines Perkovic

      March 27, 2012

      Thanks for sharing, Pierre :)
      And it is NOT a bad picture, man :)

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    March 28, 2012

    What are the level numbers for each RBG? Thanks! :)

    I remember trying GIMP. Really similar to photoshop!!

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    Rasheeda Ali

    April 5, 2012

    hi ines!!!!

    i have to start off by saying i absolutely LOVE your work. the way you make the light dance in pictures, and how you convey such emotion, making it almost tangible, through simple things. you’re super talented, and i hope you never, ever stop taking pictures!!!

    i wanted to let you know that i’ve blogged about you on rasheedaalli.com, in a post that i’m planning on sharing with the world tomorrow! i’ve included some of your pics from flickr, just a small sampling from your awesome portfolio!

    i hope you don’t mind! i made sure to source you! yay!

    enjoy your day :)


    rasheeda ali
    toronto, canada

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      Ines Perkovic

      April 8, 2012

      Thank you, thank you :))

      No one has every written something like that, about my work. Really a heart warming words.

      Thank you <3

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    Rasheeda Ali

    April 5, 2012

    ack, typo, it’s rasheedaali.com!