Welcome to another episode of Too Hip for Instagram, the series of irregular tutorials where we figure out how to recreate Instagram’s looks in Krita. On the menu today is the Hudson effect.
Hudson combines a cold tint with several vintage effects like vignetting and chromatic aberration. It also sports a radial “mixed” tint.
The look in curves
Hudson has a very peculiar way of looking. And peculiar looks require peculiar curves. Apply a curves filter (
CTRL+M) and copy these curves. They don’t have to be exactly the same, just similar enough. Note this is only one filter, just change the channel using the dropdown.
I got these curves from Gram of the day’s tutorial.
Chromatic Aberration in Krita
Chromatic Aberration is a failure of a lens to focus all colors to the same point. You can see it as “fringes” of color along the areas that separate dark and bright parts of the image. You might think this is a bad thing, and old school photographers certainly did!
But it adds a certain charm to images.
Adding Chromatic Aberration in Krita is easier than it sounds. Let’s start by going to the layer’s properties by right-clicking on it (or pressing
F3). In this dialog we can deactivate individual channels and take control on how they are combined. Deactivate all channels except red. Now duplicate the layer, go to properties again and leave only the blue channel enabled. Repeat this again for the green channel.
Now we have the same image as before but with every channel spread into a separate layer. What we can do now is select any of these and use the transform tool to change their size, generating the fringes effect.
You can go as crazy as you want, but unless you are going for a sci-fi glitchy effect, subtlety is the key.
When you are done, duplicate the layers and merge them together. It’s a good idea to keep the original layers disabled as backup.
Completing the effect
Did I mention every retro effect looks better with film grain? Let me insist.
Add some film grain as we did with Mayfair, either by downloading it or generating it with Krita’s noise filter.
Now we move onto the mixed tinting. Hudson is colder towards the center, so let’s create a new layer and fill it with a radial gradient. This gradient goes from
The last stop is adding a vignette. We already covered vignetting in the Mayfair tutorial, however in this case we should use the “manual” way so we can keep the layer structure.
- Make a new layer
- Fill it with black
- Use the circle select tool (
J) to select the center of the image and delete it
- Deselect (
CTRL+SHIFT+A) and apply a Gaussian Blur filter with a huge radius
- Lower the opacity to about 10%
Is there any other effects you guys want to see? Let me know in the comments!
Also you might be interested in the Nashville effect from earlier