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Give your images a retro feel by mim­ick­ing cross pro­cess­ing, with Ge­orge Cairns

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The term cross-pro­cess­ing refers to a de­vel­op­ing tech­nique used in predig­i­tal chem­i­cal dark­rooms. It in­volved de­lib­er­ately de­vel­op­ing print neg­a­tives us­ing chem­i­cals that were de­signed for use with slide film (or visa versa). The use of these in­cor­rect chem­i­cals re­sulted in a shift in colour and an in­crease in con­trast. This dark­room tech­nique cre­ated great styl­ized and eye-catch­ing images. Cross-pro­cessed blues often took on a green hue, for ex­am­ple, while the shad­ows might fea­ture a hint of ma­genta.

This edit­ing process is still pop­u­lar now, es­pe­cially with fine art, fash­ion and stock pho­tog­ra­phers. In the days of the tra­di­tional dark­room the re­sults could be a bit hit or miss, so you had to ex­per­i­ment to get the de­sired shifts in colour and tone. But Light­room’s Color panel en­ables you to tweak and ad­just in­di­vid­ual colour chan­nels to repli­cate al­most any chem­i­cal com­bi­na­tion you might de­sire. We’ll show you this, plus how to use the Grad­u­ated Fil­ter to tease out more de­tail. This cre­ative process el­e­vates a stan­dard photo to a more in­ter­est­ing level.

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