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How is the faded tone effect created?

 
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Jun 17, 2011 07:09 |  #1

Lately it's been a trend and I've been seeing it more often, I was curious as to how people are getting this effect.. for example here below is what I'm talking about. And I only use lightroom if its possible to do in there.

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Jun 17, 2011 12:36 |  #2

Might want to consider including a link to Troy's POTN thread that contains those images. But anyways, one thing that I found very helpful was to go to IMAGE -> ADJUSTMENTS -> EXPOSURE -> and raise offset. It gives it that hazy look that many people have started using.


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Jun 17, 2011 12:54 |  #3

It looks like a combination of both flare and a mild form of cross processing. Nik Software's Color Efex pro is great for this, I'd suggest you download the 14 day trial from that and then start from there.
Another good way (but elaborate) to get that effect is to duplicate layer, create a grayscale from that layer with a (custom) gradient map with brown/beige in the highlights and purple in the shadows (all colors with a low opacity) and apply that to the grayscale.
From there you could lower the opacity of that effect to bring back the colors a bit. I personally like the light brown/beige with purple for a gradient map, but it's a LOT of fiddling to get right.
If you have a source image you'd like to try this out on I can give it a few attempts and describe the actions (or send you the PSD file).

There's many, many subtle forms of this around, which is why I'd suggest starting with a relatively easy plugin like Nik's and figure out how to replicate it manually from there (or just buy that and be done).

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Jun 17, 2011 17:02 |  #4

charl1e wrote in post #12610295 (external link)
Might want to consider including a link to Troy's POTN thread that contains those images. But anyways, one thing that I found very helpful was to go to IMAGE -> ADJUSTMENTS -> EXPOSURE -> and raise offset. It gives it that hazy look that many people have started using.

Is this photoshop or lightroom?


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Jun 19, 2011 02:16 |  #5

Oh sorry, i didn't see that you only used lightroom. Yeah, that workflow is using photoshop. I'm not sure if Lightroom has anything similar.


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Jun 20, 2011 14:29 as a reply to  @ charl1e's post |  #6

In Lightroom you can get pretty close with split toning adjustments. As said above, purple with shadows and beige/yellow with highlights work rather well. By adjusting the saturation and balance between the two tones you can get quite creative. There might be other ways but this is what I came up with while trying to imitate the same style. ;)


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