September 11, 2013

How To Do VSCOcam Effects in Photoshop

I recently fell in love with the iPhone app 'VSCOcam' (you've probably noticed if you're following me on Instagram), and I've been using it on every single one of my Instagram posts. I love it so much, that I wanted to edit my blog photos with it, which was a bit of a hassle, so I decided to try to recreate the effect with Photoshop. 
It took me a while to figure out how to do it well, since I am a bit of an amateur when it comes to Photoshop, but I finally got it right and I think it is a close enough replica.

Here's how you can edit your photos with a VSCO effect in Photoshop...

After you have opened the photo in Photoshop that you want to edit, click 'Image > Adjustments > Exposure'. Now, this part really depends on the photo that you are editing, so you may have to tweak the numbers slightly, but for the photo that I was editing, I changed 'Offset' to +0.1200 and 'Gamma' to 1.29 to create a VSCO looking effect. Simple as that!
As I said, the numbers will vary depending on the original exposure of your photo, but it should be easy to figure out what looks right.

If you want a VSCO black and white, effect, it's just as easy! Here's how...

Change 'Offset' to +0.0500 and 'Gamma' to 1.36, then desaturate your photo. Again, the numbers may vary depending on your original photo, so you may have to play around to get the right effect.

After you have desaturated the photo, open up 'Exposure' again and change 'Offset' to +0.0600. And there you go! You have yourself a replica of a VSCO effect.

I hope that you found this useful...please feel free to let me know if you have any questions or comments. Also, do keep in mind that I know nearly nothing about Photoshop, so I apologize if I did something wrong or stupid...I tend to do that. ;)

xo Rachelle


  1. Recently I have been editing my blogphotos with VSCO cam on my iPod, but it's so difficult to edit normal sized photo's on such a small screen! This tutorial is so helpful :)

    1. I was doing the same thing, and it was also a big hassle to email the photos to my iPod, then back to my computer, so I thought Photoshop would be more convenient. I'm so glad to hear that it helped you! :)

  2. Oh yes, I do love VSCO- it is such an amazing effect! Alex

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  5. Nice! I have yet to learn how to use Photoshop... Haha I'm so late on all of that. Love your blog! I'm your 100th follower! :) :)

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  7. Love this post! :) Thank You for the tutorial

  8. This has been super helpful! Thank you very much! :D

  9. Which photoshop did you use?? Please answer ASAP!!

  10. Which photoshop did you use? Answer ASAP please!! :)

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    1. It's CS2. I haven't updated in a while, I know. ;)

  12. This is amazing. Thanks for sharing! :) I love the vsco filters.



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