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How to Create a Vintage Cross Processed Photo in Lightroom 3

By Pye Jirsa on July 14th 2011


(The Lightroom video tutorial in this post is just under the introductory text below. The working files for this Lightroom video tutorial can be found just above the video. So that we can keep on providing free paid-quality content, please share these videos and raise awareness of SLR Lounge by Facebooking or Tweeting the site and articles, thank you!)

As cameras produce higher and higher quality of images, the desire for creating vintage and lo-fi looking images seems to increase as well. Regardless of why, the vintage cross processed look has become quite popular today.

In this Lightroom video tutorial, we are going to teach you how to create a vintage cross processed look without having to touch Photoshop at all. Now, while we will have more flexibility and control in Photoshop, I think you will find that Lightroom does a fabulous job creating this effect as well.

To see all Before and After versions of each image from this tutorial, please visit the Photo Album on the SLR Lounge Facebook Page.

Enjoy the Lightroom tutorial. Once you try out this technique on your own, be sure to upload your photos to the comments on this article, or to our Facebook page so we can see how you put these techniques into action!

Exercise File Download Links:

Note: These images have been provided to the SLR Lounge users curteousy of Lin and Jirsa Photography for educational purposes only. They may not be used in any other manner outside of these SLR Lounge learning videos without the express written consent of Lin and Jirsa Photography. Thank you.

Full RAW Exercise Files (265MB) – For faster connections. The full RAW files will allow you to follow the tutorials while achieving the exact same results as shown.
JPEG Exercise Files (24MB) – For slower connections. The JPEG files will allow you to follow the tutorials, although the results may vary due to not having the image details of the full RAW file.

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Post Production Pye
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  4. HannesC

    Sorry for saying not so much to this tutorial, saying only big wow.
    I searched and my first search result was this fantastic tutorial. 
    Time to start it on my own images. (Till now i used a plug in in Gimp )
    But now i will do this in lightroom.
    Okay…. once again great, and thank you vor sharing.

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  5. Ryan Phillips

    Amazing tutorial. just came across this site a few days and haven’t been able to get off it!!! 

    I have had a good bash at this with one of my street portrait images… would love you guys to have a look and let me know your thoughts. 

    I have done 95% of my work in Lightroom but my airbrushing was done in CS5 

    There are a few issues i have with this image which i am unsure on how to correct at the moment 

    – reflection bounce in her eyes 
    – slight tinge of purple in her hair?? when looking at the original is seems to be their but not as prominent. 

    image attached 

    large can be found on Flickr 

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  6. Anonymous

    Thanks alot. This was great!

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  7. Qué flash!!!

    Thank you


    And I can’t believe you use Windows. Someone’s gonna kill you XD.

    Thanks a lot

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  9. Peter

    I just followed your instructions to a tee and my image is looking very vintage cross-processed.  thanks for another great tutorial.

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