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Create the Instagram Style in Lightroom

Howard_InstagramIt’s a pleasure to welcome a new Nut to TipSquirrel.com! Having been a fan of  Howard and IceFlowStudios  for some time I was thrilled when he agreed to  come and join our humble group of Photoshop Nuts. If you haven’t already checked out Howard’s work be sure to click the links on his bio below, but be warned, have some time to spare there’s a lot of great stuff to view!

Welcome to the Nut House Howard!


In this tip we’re going to look at taking a modern photo and making into a faded Instagram type image using the Develop Module in Adobe Lightroom 4.

About Howard Pinsky (12 Articles)
For about five years, Howard has been creating video and written Photoshop tutorials through his online company, Iceflow Studios. With over 70 million hits, he has been able to educate people all over the world using the power of the Internet. His work has been used in High Schools, Colleges, and recognized by Adobe themselves.

9 Comments on Create the Instagram Style in Lightroom

  1. neat tip.. thanks..

  2. Leonard F Grant Jr // 17/05/2012 at 7:50 pm //

    Thanks Howard, another excellent video. You help make me look like I know what I’m doing. lol

  3. Nice tute, quick and easy. Can even make it a preset. Thanks much!

  4. Hi. Thanks for the video..

    Could you tell me what the ‘best/most efficient’ tool and method is to create a border to further this ‘instagram’ look?

  5. Hi Katy,

    A search of ‘Border’ in our full list of posts above gives you a few options of creating and adding some great borders. There’s even some downloadable ones from Gavin Hoey.


  6. Great workshop! Should be neat to save a whole set of presets so you can instantly turn your pics into flash looking ones – and finanlly be able to catch up with your iphone-friends 😉

  7. McPherson // 23/09/2012 at 5:52 pm //

    … or stop spoiling images and use one of the existing Instagram presets from professionals. Like http://www.reallyniceimages.com, lightgram etc.

  8. Interesting take on the tutorial. Howard is a great professional and I love this look. Thanks for the link though.

    You may notice we have a Links section and encourage our readers to visit other sites, so there’s no need to aggressively spam the comments McPherson.

  9. Dianne // 06/12/2012 at 2:19 pm //

    I guess I’m the only one who doesn’t see the point in replicating the style of muddy and poorly lit Instagram photographs. Have we gotten to the point that bad photographs are considered art just because we can post a million of them everywhere on the undiscriminating Internet? I certainly wouldn’t take a decent photograph and purposely make it ugly just so I can imitate the Instagram look. On the other hand, I have to admit I don’t use Instagram so maybe I just don’t understand why people are so in love with it (I don’t use Facebook or Twitter either so you know what a dinosaur I am).

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