Step 2: Increase the Whites with Levels

Clarendon effect overexposes a photo. Your highlight turns into something extraordinarily white. We’re going to do the same thing here. We can either use Levels or use Curves. But I think that Levels is better for this job because you get better control of your settings.

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Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels

Slide the white bar to the left such that its value is 198. Please refer the screenshot below for better understanding.

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Step 3: Again, Use Filter for Aqua Color

Now, we’re going to use Filter again. But this time we’re going to give some aqua color effect to the photo.

Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Photo Filter.

Change the Filter to Underwater and increase the density to 55%. Make sure that the luminosity is turned on.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any aqua filter so we should be satisfied with the Underwater. Yes, we can choose a custom color but underwater serves our purpose.

101817_0852_CreateInsta5 - Create Instagram Clarendon Effect in Photoshop

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