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How to Add Lomo Effect

How to Create a Lomo Effect in Photoshop

by Waseem Abbas on Apr 7, 2016

Are you thinking of adding a lomo effect to your image? Some intense and high-contrast images look stunning with the lomography photo effect. In this article, we will share how to create a lomo effect in Photoshop.

Adding a Lomo Effect to Images

First thing you need to do is open your image in Photoshop.

Now go to the Adjustment Layer icon (half-filled circle) at the bottom right corner of your Photoshop screen, and select Gradient Map.

Gradient Map

You should select a Blue color on the left and a Green color on the right inside the Gradient Editor, as shown below:

Gradient Editor

To make the colors blend beautifully with your photo, simply change the blend mode of the adjustment layer to Overlay (it’s set to Normal by default).

Blend Gradient

Next, go ahead and add another Adjustment Layer, this time for the Curves.

Select Curves

In the Curves settings, you’ll need to lift up the curve to brighten the dark notes of photo, as shown in the image below:

Curves Settings

After setting the Curves, add a new layer (go to Layer » New » Layer…), and fill it with a black color using the Paint Bucket Tool.

Add New Layer

Then, draw a selection using the Elliptical Marque Tool so it touches the edges of the image, as shown below:

Draw Selection

Now go to Select » Modify » Feather… and set Feather Radius to 100.

Feather Radius

After that, simply press the Delete button from your keyboard and change the blend mode to Multiply. Also, you should reduce the Opacity to 80%.

Blend Layer

Next, press Ctrl + A to select all. Then, press Shift + Ctrl + C to copy the merged layers.

Now create a new layer from Layer » New » Layer…, and simply press Ctrl + V to paste the merged layers.

In the next step, go to Filter » Blur » Gaussian Blur… and set the Radius to 3.0.

Gaussian Blur

We don’t need to blur the entire photo, just the edges. To fix this, go to Layer » Layer Mask » Reveal All.

Layer Mask

Then create a selection in the middle using the Elliptical Marque Tool.

Set Feather Radius to 100, and fill the selection with the black color using the Paint Bucket Tool. This will remove the blur from the middle.

Remove Blur

That’s all. See this before and after image below.

Lomo Effect

We hope this article has helped you to learn how to create a lomo effect in Photoshop. You may also want to check out our guide on how to add a cinematic effect to your images in Photoshop.

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