How I edit my pictures using Photoshop: Pastel and Vintage.

I have been asked many times, on how I edit my pictures. I wish I could tell you I edited them using curves I had developed myself, but sadly, I ain't reaching that level yet! :P Usually I search for Photoshop actions and curves online and modify them to suit my own preference. To load the actions and/or curves to be applied to your pictures, just google the instructions! :) 

PASTEL EDITING
#1. Basic Enhancement {by me!}

Download Pastel Basic Enhancement [here]

I always hate pictures going too blue and greenish. Hence, what I always do is adjusting the color balance to make pictures more red and yellowish. On top of that, I brighten the pictures a lot. While brightening, be careful to lower the contrast at the same time. You can increase the saturation for a sweeter touch. 

BEFORE.


AFTER


Some sample pictures under this editing. 


#2. Dreamy Light {by onixa}

Download Pastel Dreamy Light [here].

This action gives a very soft and dreamy feeling to pictures! 

BEFORE.


AFTER. 


SAMPLES. 


VINTAGE
#1. Retro Film {by Purp0l}

Download Vintage Retro Film [here].

This action defines the retro style! 

BEFORE. 


AFTER. 


SAMPLES. 


#2. Action 9 {beckasweird}

Download Vintage Action 9 [here].

This action is seriously great and unique! It's just simply dramatic. However, it's more suitable for darker pictures as bright pictures will go overexposed when applied. Having said that, I think it works very well on indoor pictures! :) 

BEFORE. 


AFTER (What a big difference, hahaha!). 


SAMPLES.  


#3. Blood Orange {by jtrotti}

Download Vintage Blood Orange [here]

I'm loving Jtrotti's curves so much because they are so dramatic and vibrant. Too good!! 

BEFORE. 


AFTER. 


SAMPLES. 


#4. Ambers {by jtrotti}

Download Vintage Ambers [here].

This is by far my fav. curve! Applicable to almost all pictures :) You can reduce the opacity of the curve layer if it's too vibrant. 

BEFORE. 


AFTER. 


SAMPLES. 


#5. Pink Lady {by me!}

Download Vintage Pink Lady [here].

Alright, that's such a sucky name, but whatever! ;) This is suitable for vintage shootings with pretty girls and fields :) You can apply the action twice for a even more vintage-ish touch. 

BEFORE. 


AFTER. 


SAMPLES. 


And that's all! Any problems or inquiries, you can simply leave a comment :) I will certainly assist you, hehehe! Tell me which's your favorite action/ curve too! :D 

xx

love, M

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56 Responses to “How I edit my pictures using Photoshop: Pastel and Vintage. ”

  1. omg! thank you mandy for sharing! u are too kind.. i would pay to read this post and download the curves but u share it all for free.. thanks for the love <3
    keep up the good work! :)

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    1. (Wenwen Z)

      Aw, thanks for the support! I'm always wanting to share and see how those effects turn out on others' pictures :)

      Have a nice day, sweet girl!

      x

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  2. thank you for sharing this! im a fan of your blog and your photos :)

    hello from the philippines! :)

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    1. (Cathie)

      Hello from the UK! :D Aw, thanks, love! You're so sweet, hehe..

      xox

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  3. Awesome post, gonna try all of them! I love Julia's curves too, so so so pretty!! x

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    1. (Cheyenne)

      Thanks, love! INDEED, her work is too good to be true! :D

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  4. thank you for sharing lovely mandy! the effects looks absolutly stunning!

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  5. But I have a question! How do I open the effect files in Photoshop?

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    1. (Fanny)

      You can google the instructions to load the actions I provided in Photoshop! :) It's very simple, heh :)

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  6. Weee...
    <3.<3 Love! Thanks for sharing~~~~

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  7. mandy i'm still confused .After i had download Basic Enchanment .why adobe photoshop open yourself ??
    And how can I use Basic Enchanment??

    thank you so much mandy :D

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    1. (Ani_ranie)

      In Photoshop, open the image you want to edit, then under the action area, search for a small arrow and click 'load actions' from the drop down menu then select the Basic Enhancement file :) Try google it for a better instructions!

      No problem, darling!

      x

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    2. (Ani_ranie)

      You're most welcomed, darling :)

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  8. Always loving your blog n photo =)Looking forward to your more posts
    Greet from Malaysia^^

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    1. (Gilian)

      Aw, thank you so much, dear! I miss Malaysia :(

      xox

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing! Really helped me out :) Like your style, it's very similar to mine!

    Also following you on instagram, you can follow me if you want to: stephanycaparn

    Have a nice day!

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    1. (Anonymous)

      Thanks a lot, my dear! High five for simplicity! Heh :)

      Have a beautiful day too!

      x

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  10. aww Mandy, that's so nice of you to share this! Thank you so much!
    I really love your photos and the colour mode. Can't wait to try it on my photos! Thanks again! :D

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    1. (JoCeLyN)

      Aw, no problem darling! An honor to so do :) Share with me after trying yeah? Heh.

      Thanks so much!

      x

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  11. I can't wait to use the curves you so generously shared! :)
    However I tried downloading them and I can't seem to open the .atn files on my CS4. Is it too outdated? :(

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    1. (Floralfoodie)

      Aw, thanks, love! I would wanna see how they work on your pictures :)

      CS4 is not outdated of course! I'm using CS3 in fact, hahaha. I think you can't open the ATN file because it's an ACTION, not curve :) Curve is an ACV file :) To load the actions, simply open your pictures and go to the actions panel and click 'load actions' from the drop down menu after clicking the small arrow.

      Don't hesitate to ask me if you still encounter problems!

      Have a beautiful day x

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    2. When I open my actions panel nothing is there after downloading the effects.

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    3. You have to load the actions so that they will appear in the action panel. Loading the actions require you to click on the file you downloaded in the file location you specified.

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  12. Hi! Thank you so much for sharing! Love all your photos! Do you know if there are versions of the Amber and Blood Orange ones that are compatible with Adobe Photoshop Elements 3?

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    1. (Marianna)

      No problem, Marianna! I think the ones I shared are compatible with all versions of Photoshop. I myself applied 'em on Photosho CS2. Hope you can sort out the way! :)

      Cheers x

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  13. love this! thank you so much for sharing!

    www.fivepointdusk.wordpress.com

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  14. I love this!! :))) I'm gonna try them out!

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    1. Glad to know! Share with me some pictures after you've used 'em! :D

      x

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  15. i love thiss!!! What a cool action :D
    enw, how to download from mega.co.nz?? i cant download it

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    1. Thank you! Hm, why couldn't you download? Did you see a download link? :)

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  16. Hello Mandy! Thank you so much for sharing the curves.
    Keep up the awesome work! Love your photos! <3

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    1. Aw thank you! I'm so glad you love them, will produce more in the future :)

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  17. Thank you for sharing these1 Really beautiful work xx

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    1. Aw, not a problem! Glad you love them :)

      xo

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  18. You help me so much :)

    Thanks from Indonesia

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  19. Hey,mandy! :D
    i need to install photoshop first before downloading this effects??

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    1. Yes, they all work only on Photoshop! :)

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    2. thank you so much!
      i love all of your pics.
      keep it on hehe x)

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    3. Thank you! Glad to have helped :)

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  20. thank you for sharing this! im a fan of your blog and your photos :)

    hello from the philippines! :)

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