How to create the Lomography effect in Photoshop

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Lomography is not only a type of camera manufacturer – it is a whole movement in photography which has been going since at least 1992. For those of you who do not have a Lomo camera i have created this tutorial that will show you how to replicate the effect in Photoshop. Technically effect is made by cross processing  film which is bad but, the effect looks really cool so lets get a started. (Just as a note there are few tutorials out there on this but i can see that for a beginner the steps were a little confusing so hopefully this one will be as clear as crystal for you.)

Create a vigenette

A trade mark of lomography is a lot of Vignette, so this is first thing we are going to create.  Open your image in Photoshop.

( I think this is where a lot of people get lost) Now look at the top menu bar a locate to: layer > New fill layer > gradient:

Locating to gradient overlay

Click ok, A console will open. Use these settings:

Double click on the chequered gradient bar. After this double click on the two bottom squares and change them to black:

setting gradient mask

Here are the rest of the settings that you will need on the gradient console:

  • Style: Radial
  • Angle: 90
  • Scale: 189%
  • check reverse
  • check align with layer
  • Un-check dither

Then click OK.

Now we are going to create the illusion that we have just taken a photograph on film and then processed it in the wrong chemical which will give us some strange colours.

Just so you know the curves are not a set proses just as film processing is not. I will show you some example setting but you should really have a go at getting your own look.

First make sure that your background layer is selected, then look towards the top right above the layers area and you will find a little image called curves:


Click on RBG and select each colour individually and put these settings:



Notice the pins on the tone curve.



Ok thats the RBG settings done.

Blurring the edges

This picture already had a blurred background so it will not take as much of an effect. The blurring is a trate of lomography so we will add some by doing this:

Select background layer, right click and then click layer from background. Select the top layer and then right click and select duplicate layer. With the copy selected go to the top menu and locate to: filter > blur > lens blur

On the console move the radius (on the right) up to 30% then click ok.

With layer copy selected select the eraser tool on the left hand side of the page.  If you have a large resolution image use at least at 1000px radius and a hardness of 0%. Use the tool to ease the centre of the blur so that your main subject is in focus.

Here is the final result:


So there you have it: how to create a lomo effect in Photoshop. If you have any questions comment below:


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