Make Artsy Photo Filters Using Markers and Transparencies

If you’re a fan of Instagram, then you’ll probably appreciate this neat DIY project by Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess. Their Homemade Photo Filter DIY involves drawing colorful patterns on squares cut from transparency sheets:

To use your filter, simply hold it over your lens when shooting. (with auto focus enabled) Move the filter around over your lens as you frame your shot. You’ll be able to choose which part of your photo is in focus and which part is blurry and colorful!

You can achieve different looks based on things like color, pattern, and how you hold the sheet. The resulting effect makes it look like you spent some time tweaking the toning and contrast sliders in post. Head on over to their blog for the full lowdown and more sample photos.

Homemade Photo Filter DIY [A Beautiful Mess via MAKE]

Image credits: Photographs by Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess

  • Samcornwell

    I’m not a fan of Instagram, but I am a fan of these home-made craft ideas used in photography. Good fun!

  • Jonathan Maniago

    Post processing tools are a blessing for many photographers, but I’ve always thought that it was more fun to play with light rather than digital data.

  • Nathan Blaney

    That’s essentially the same idea as vaseline on a lens filter – interesting, but hardly original.

  • newamericanclassic

    there’s an extra feeling of satisfaction when you can proudly say you DIDN’T do that in 5 seconds with photoshop lol