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Vintage Cross Processing in Under a Minute – Photoshop Curves Video Tutorial

By Pye Jirsa on May 24th 2011


(The Photoshop video tutorial in this post is just under the introductory text below)

Vintage Cross Processing is a very popular post production technique. From editorial, to fashion, to weddings, vintage cross processing is all over the place. What you may not know is how simple it really is to do in Adobe Photoshop. In fact, teaching the entire technique takes less than 2-3 minutes and doing it on your own will take less than one.

In this tutorial we are not only going to teach you how to cross process your images in Photoshop, we are also going to briefly touch on how the cross process developing process was created in the first place. In addition, we will also talk about what exactly makes an image look like a vintage image in order to help you all understand exactly how to process an image to make it look vintage.


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To download the working file used in this tutorial, click here. (Note: This image is provided by Lin and Jirsa Photography for educational purposes only, it may not be used for any other commercial or non-commercial purpose without the express permission of Lin and Jirsa Photography.)

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Great tutorial.

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  2. pascal Pasi

    Awesome to tutorial and useful information.


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  3. Basit Zargar

    Learned great things from you
    Thanks !

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  4. Kellie

    Loved this tutorial.  For a photoshop virgin it was awesome.  your sexy voice was way too distracting though!

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  5. Knightmaer35

    The first image you use as an example is actually an older image that has been recently digitally colorized, those aren’t “real”
    vintage faded colors, they are “new” versions. Follow the image link and see for  yourself. The original may have been black and white
    or was converted to black and white before the more recent colorization. You have a great vintage technique but it really has
    absolutely nothing to do with crossprocessing which was a shift in colors from the start due to the chemical processing rather than a
    gradual fading and color shift as with a vintage regular color print. There was also added contrast in certain colors as opposed to a
    faded color print losing contrast. Your technique is cool but it isn’t cross processed, it’s “vintage”. Yes, an older cross processed
    print can also fade.

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    • Payam Jirsa

      There seem to be some misunderstandings, let me clarify. The image used in the tutorial was a JPEG image straight from a 40D. If you look on the Metadata, it will confirm. 

      Next, as I said in the tutorial. We are using a cross processing technique in Photoshop which gives images a vintage feel. Why? Because the switch in colorization from cross processing film can cause images to have similar colors and fades to old vintage photographs. 

      Specifically from the video, cross processing created ‘crazy wacked out colors that end up looking like vintage images with a lot of pastel colors.’ Then we go into why photographs look vintage (due to the fading of the colors), then we show you how to imitate that look by digitally cross processing them in Photoshop. 

      Please, if you have a better name for this tutorial, let me know, that was the best title I could come up with. 

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    • Knightmaer35

      The google image you hovered over as an example of an old faded image, the one with the mom holding baby on the beach, that is a digitally colorized image, I wasn’t referring to the one of your own that you worked with. You’ve created a very nice Vintage Processing tutorial. Easy name. It’s not a cross processing technique, at least not one that results in anything like any real cross processed film I’ve seen. Well, maybe once those cross processed images fade to…vintage ;  ). Shifting colors is not de facto cross processing. Love your tutorial, I’m just being picky about what you’re calling things.

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    • Payam Jirsa

      Oh, I see what you are saying. Yeah, I didn’t actually click into each picture to see what they were. I just searched on Google for something that was illustrative of a faded/vintage photo. 

      I know what you mean though, cross processing has a lot of different looks. Some can come out looking crazy saturated with a lot of shifted colors. Those aren’t so much the ones I am talking about looking vintage. 

      It’s more the lighter pastel colored cross processed images that look more like vintage images to me. I’ll pay attention to the naming ,though to this point, that is still the best name I can think of, haha =)  

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  6. Stuart Townsley

    love the article but it is not about cross processing at all…
    Title is wrong lol

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    • admin

      Haha, Stuart, this is a cross processing technique. What did you think it should be called?

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