Folks write in and ask what process I use on images and I'm not ashamed to say I start with an action set called Vintage Film for Photoshop. It's free. Though, I should mention the cost of Photoshop isn't included. The good news is that most of the techniques used in the automated set can be achieved with free or inexpensive photo editing programs and websites.
Once I run the default set I go through and fiddle—usually lowering the opacity of these layers made by the Vintage Film Action Set:
- Cross Process
- Center Fill Light
- Magenta Cast
The amount varies but I usually keep things around 20% opacity.
Why do I do this? Well, in January I set out to make the entire year of 2010 appear as a cohesive set when viewed together. I honestly don't know why but I always think things will make more sense once you get everything together and take a step back.
Oh, and it's fun.