Ducks are cute. Ducks in Kodachrome-style are better.

That’s because Kodachrome is the sunniest, most happy film look to grace the planet. There’s just something about the warm tones of Kodachrome that just makes an image look like the happy, beautiful memories you want them to be.

Of course, we can’t get Kodachrome anymore because the film was discontinued some years back, but we can try our best to approximate it with the modern tools that we have.

So in this video tutorial we look at how to apply some tonal changes to our image to get a more Kodachrome-y look.

Full disclosure: I didn’t invent this technique, the good folks at the vfxjams YouTube channel did, but for video (hat tip). I simply converted their technique for Affinity Photo.

Photo shot on Kodachrome film (image from Wikipedia)

Images shot in low light also had a distinctive warm look.

So what’s unique about Kodachrome is the way it rendered warm tones like yellow, orange and red (saturated, punchy), and blues (warmish and light, closer to cyan), and greens (definitely warm, and in some ways “unnatural”).

To try and re-create that we’ll be working with colour balance, HSL, and channel mixer adjustment layers, so you’re going to get a chance to experiment with some of the more advanced colour controls.

Truth be told, I don’t think I got it 100% right because settings from video editing software don’t translate 1:1 to settings in AP, so if you find better settings for this technique, leave a comment or tweet me so I can share it!

Kodachrome film box

More on Kodachrome

What would you do with the last roll of Kodachrome film? Here’s what Steve McCurry did.

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