Create Instagram Clarendon Effect in Photoshop

Hey guys, again I am back with my series on achieving Instagram effects using Photoshop. This time I am going to create Instagram Clarendon Effect in Photoshop. Instagram has become quite popular after Facebook bought it for a massive amount of 1 billion dollars. Turned out that the investment was quite strategic as the present value of Instagram is 30 billion dollars.

The best or worst part of Instagram is its exclusivity to its app. You cannot use its filter if you’re not using its app. The only way left to you is to create it. So let’s create one.

Before we proceed, I’d like to show how our image will look at the end.



I hope that you like it. Let’s begin.

Step 1: Find the Accent Color

You might have noticed that Clarendon filter adds a tint of the color that has maximum presence in the image. Our job is to find out that color. The best way to do that is by blurring the image all the way to its extreme.

Open the image. Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Turn the slider all the way right to 1000 pixels.


Now activate Eyedropper tool by pressing I. Sample the color by clicking on the color.


Click on the foreground color.


Copy the HEX color code by pressing Cmd+C/Ctrl+C.


STEP 2: Add Tint of Accent Color

Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Photo Filter.

Turn on the color (highlighted by red box) and then paste the HEX color code you just copied in the area inside Yellow box.


Drag the Photo Filter slider all the way to 100%. Make sure that “Preserve Luminosity” is turned on.

STEP 3: Add Saturation

Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Vibrance.

Increase the saturation by 10-15%.


STEP 4: Create Instagram Clarendon Effect in Photoshop

Press Cmd+Opt+Shift+E/Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E to stack all the layers into a new layer. This will not alter the image. It will just create a new layer at the top of the layer panel.


Go to Filter>Camera RAW filter. Navigate to the fx tab and decrease the Amount in Post Crop Vignette to -50%. Press OK

This will add a nice looking vignette to the image.


And now we’re done. Here’s the final photo.



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