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Amsterdam cross process pictures











Amsterdam is such a lovely city, but for some reason (possibly the light) my camera did not want to take good pictures. Everything looked faded out and just really boring, and while I really wanted to share a sense of what the city looks like, I would not have been happy to show the pictures as they were. Thankfully, I remembered that when I reviewed Hot Shots by Kevin Meredith, I had googled cross-processing and had stumbled across this tutorial of how to achieve the cross processing effect in photoshop. So I thought I’d try!

It’s so fun to learn now potatoshop skills, I’m sure I only know how to use about 2% of what it is possible to do. I love the effect! It’s more blue/purple than the usual yellow/greenish thing more usually associated with cross-processing, but I think I prefer that anyway, and now that I know how to use the different channels in the curves bit, it should be easy to work out how to get the more yellowy result, if I ever feel the need.

I’ve put the original unedited photos in my Amsterdam set on flickr, should anyone be interested to see the difference. There’s a also a few more pictures in there for anyone into travel photos.

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  • Clare B 7 April 2011, 7:48 am

    I really enjoy cross-processing, makes everything look a lot more fun.

  • SACRAMENTO 7 April 2011, 9:10 am

    I love your photos Franca, I try to work with photoshop and it is quite tricky. I have to learn one of these days, hehehe.
    i am so glad that we are connected in FACEBOOK.

  • Bad Taste Toast 7 April 2011, 6:08 pm

    Oh Amsterdam! I've always wanted to go there again, I think the last time I was there was in 7th grade or so. What a lovely city!
    Thanks for sharing the ps tutorial, I'm always looking for new effects and tutorials! I can totally relate to what you say, I probably only know 1% of all the features this program has!
    I posted the link to a tutorial for a lomo-effect on my blog today, so maybe that's interesting for you too.

    Jetzt hab ich automatisch wieder Englisch geschrieben dabei fällt mir grade ein dass du ja auch Deutsch kannst, haha sorry 😉

    Ich wünsch dir einen schönen Abend!

  • oranges_and_apples 7 April 2011, 6:19 pm

    Das geht mir auch immer so wenn ich deutsche blogs besuche!

  • Fashionpearlsofwisdom 7 April 2011, 7:47 pm

    Erm wow!! They look amazing, I love the depth to them, the green building looks like its made of lego x

  • Ceri 7 April 2011, 8:11 pm

    These look amazing. I will definitely have to give this a go.

  • Cloud of Secrets 7 April 2011, 9:31 pm

    Simply gorgeous! The color and contrast boost of the cross processing works really well for Amsterdam. I especially love the chandeliered scene, and the row of bicycles by the graffiti.

    I wonder what cross processing would do for shots of the Red Light District! Probably quite striking.

  • Lyddiegal 8 April 2011, 3:29 am

    I think you did a great job with the processing, these look so cool!

  • nandaputri 8 April 2011, 11:40 am

    woooww!!cool…really want to go there 🙂

  • Rochelle 8 April 2011, 12:15 pm

    These photos are amazing! The river, those bicycles, the cathedral and that fabulous green building on the corner give it such an awesome all around feel! Great job with the post-processing.

  • Emma at Daily Clothes Fix 9 April 2011, 9:32 pm

    I love the effect you've achieved here. It's bright but not too much. Lovely.