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January 25, 2012

Lately I’ve been a little envious of my friends with access to the Instagram app on their Iphones. Actually, I’ve been using a “burn” phone that doesn’t even have a camera, so it’s a little more than the application that I’m envious of. But the Instagram app in particular does make photos look, well, really cool!

As it turns out, I’m not the only one without an Iphone, and I’m not the only one wishing for Instagram-style photos. I was able to find multiple websites and tutorials online that explain how to get the same photo filter effects using Photoshop! They range from the very simple to the very complicated, and of course they are all more work than having the filters at the click of a button, but the effects are almost identical, and it’s a great way to learn the ins and outs of Photoshop. I used this tutorial to imitate the “Instagram Nashville Effect,” and the result was perfect! (See below.)

I also found this awesome website that lets you add filters to any of your photos for free. Many of the filters provided there are also very similar to various Instagram effects. So, at some point I may end up with an Iphone, but until then, I’ve got more than one way to doctor my photos, Instagram-style.

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