Instagram Inkwell Filter in Photoshop

Instagram Inkwell Filter in Photoshop
Instagram Inkwell Filter in Photoshop

Let’s learn how to create the Inkwell Instagram filter with this easy step by step tutorial and become a master in it.


The first step to creating the Inkwell filter of Instagram will start with a desaturation of the image. To make a safe move, I will make a copy of the background layer and then apply the desaturation command.

For this select the background layer and press Ctrl+J/ Command+J to create its duplicate layer. Now after this, select the duplicate layer and press Ctrl+shift+U/ Command+shift+U to desaturate the image.


Now we will adjust the exposure of the image. For this go to layer> New Adjustment layer>Exposure. I am increasing the exposure up to 0.4. The level of exposure may vary for you. You must keep this in mind that your image should look a bit overexposed not too overexposed.


To add drama to the image, we have to increase the contrast. For this go to layer>New adjustment layer>Brightness/contrast and increase the contrast to +14.


After making an adjustment of exposure and contrast, I will add noise to the image. First, create a new layer by pressing Ctrl+Shift+N / Command+shift+N and name it “Noise”. Now change the foreground colour to black by pressing D and fill the noise layer with black colour by pressing Alt+backspace/Opt+Delete. This will make your noise layer turn to black. With this change the blending mode to screen.


Select the noise layer and go to filter>noise>add noise and increase the intensity 15-30% Now change the distribution to Gaussian and press Ok after selecting Monochromatic.


To finish the task I will first merge all the layers into one layer and mane it “Stack”. For merging the layers press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E/ Cmd+opt+shift+E

To add a white vignette effect, go to filter>Lens correction and select the custom tab at the top. Later increase the vignette to +28 and decrease the Midtone to +8.

Press ok to finish the task, and here we get the Inkwell filter with Photoshop.

Written by Mayank Tripathi

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