#champagnefilters || VSCO Recipe 001 :: free C1 Filter

Introducing the weekly filter series to help curate your insta-aesthetic!

filter :: C1

cost :: free!

This one from the Vibrant series is a saturated filter with a high contrast, pink tint with a blue shadow. It comes free with VSCO!

I love this at sunset, golden hour or blue hour. If you need to make it more warm, up the temperature a bit. In all my examples, I did not manipulate the temperature. 3 out of 4 were already warm pics but I included a cool toned one in the bottom right.

I find this recipe goes best with pink & blue tones in direct sunlight. It does well with colours and amplifies the saturation. For that reason, I added to the saturation as well.

Feel free to adjust as necessary. If the photo is too bright, lower the exposure. This filter already has a high contrast so I generally lower it to balance it out a bit – my aesthetic is low in general on the contrast level for that 80’s/90’s/y2k vibe.

Since this filter does well with bright, direct sunlit images, by saving the highlights (aka the + at the end of it), not only mutes down the harsh sun but adds a nice “retro” matte effect to it.

If you add to the tint, like I did here, it adds to the pink filter. if you go down on tint, it makes it more green. Since there is already a pink tint to C1, I wanted to amplify that.

For the shadow / highlight tint, I added more blue to the shadow and pink to the magenta to enhance the pink highlight and blue shadow it already came with.

Finally, I always love to add a kiss of grain & fade to every photo. I find it really adds a nice finishing touch and gives it a dreamy, hazy vibe.

Enjoy! LMK if you have any questions πŸ™‚

Edited vs Unedited



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  • Comments ( 14 )

  • Shannon Dwyer

    VSCO is such a great editing app and they are always coming out with new content!!!

    • yup! that right there makes vsco x worth it πŸ™‚ xx Shannon

  • I love playing around with VSCO for my photos, they have the best filters.

  • The Midwest Wife

    I love VSCO as an editing tool and just recently discovered that people put these editing instructions together. I love the C1 filter and cannot wait to try out your steps on my pictures! Great post!

    Antonia | http://www.TheMidwestWife.com

    • Thanks so much, Antonia! Following those accounts the past two years really helped me evolve into mine so I can’t help but return the favour. LMK any you want to see πŸ™‚ xx Shannon

  • I love this tutorial! VSCO is one of my faves and your photos are gorgeous πŸ™‚

    xo Anna Elizabeth

    • You are so sweet, Anna Elizabeth!! It really is my OG app πŸ™‚ x

  • Awesome tips! I will try this!

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

    • Def tag me in your pics so I can show them some love if you use it girl!! Thanks for reading, Katya πŸ™‚ xx

  • I’ve been dying to read this since you first tweeted about it. You have the best eye when it comes to filters, I love seeing the breakdown of how you work your magic!

    • Thank you SO MUCH, Kasie!! It means so much – I have really been geeking out over VSCO and studying the filters so it’s so fun to show them. So glad you liked this and lmk any looks you want to see!! xx Shannon

  • Jamie Lynn

    Ok, so I am going to have to find out more about this program. I love looking through people feeds and seeing how they have all the same color schemes. I love color in general and had no idea how to make it more cohesive.

  • Such an interesting post! I’m obsessed with vsco!