Graphic and web designer Fabio Sasso is best known for his Photoshop artworks and tutorials. He is also co-founder of Zee, a web-design studio and runs a hugely successful digital arts and creativity blog, Abduzeedo.

Everyone loves the 'Instagram look' that makes photos feel more authentic and real than the stark accuracy of your phone's camera. But how do you recreate the Instagram look in Photoshop, so you can have more control over the output than with the app itself – so you can create vintage-style shots that look much better than using automated filters.

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In this tutorial, Fabio Sasso will show you how you can create retro lighting effects in Photoshop with a degree of control that means you get exactly the look you want without the trial-and-error aspect of the iPhone or Android apps. And when you work with high-res photos and Photoshop’s toolset, the results are far superior, too.

Time to complete

2 hours


Photoshop CS4 or higher

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