Cross processing refers to the procedure of deliberately processing photographic film in a chemical solution intended for a different type of film, such as slides. Now you can achieve the same effect in the digital world with photo editing programs such as Photoshop Elements and Photoscape.
The first is a photo I took recently in the Wash DC area. I like it as is, but thought the “vintage” bicycle might look better as a cross-processed image.
Before I applied cross processing, I muted the colors a bit and cropped out one of the passersby. Now it looks like the woman on the left is coming out of the mannequin’s handbag. I thought of Photoshopping her out, but I kind of like the effect….
A much more vintage vibe, yeah?
Next, a photo of some tables and chairs at a French bistro on a really hot day. It’s kind of so-so, in my opinion, and in need of a little more stylization.
Again, I faded the colors, boosted the brightness and added cross processing for an edgier image:
OK, I just found out our power is back on, so I’m heading home. Have a great day, everyone.