Lomography Walkthrough for Photoshop: Version 2

Monday, January 16, 2012 Stef dela Cruz 0 Comments

There are many types of lomography cameras and it follows that the pictures they produce create different effects. Earlier, I shared a tutorial on how to create Lomography pictures using Photoshop. Now, I have a second version that produces Lomography in Photoshop in a different way. (Read the previous tutorial here.)

Using the detailed tutorial below, you can transform your regular photograph to a Lomography picture, such as what I did with mine using Photoshop. Even if you’ve never used Photoshop before, you can do this as the walkthrough is complete with screenshots.

For this guide on how to make Lomography photos using Photoshop, I decided to use another photo of mine (that way, nobody can copy the screenshots and claim copyright, hehe!) The picture on top is the original photo, while the one below is the processed one:


Here’s how to make your pictures look like Lomography photos using Photoshop (CS5 and up):

1. Open your picture file using Photoshop.

2. Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to trace the central area of the photograph. Irregular shapes look better, such as the one below.

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3. Then, right-click on your selection, and choose “Select Inverse”.

4. Click on the “Layer” tab on the menu, choose “Adjustments”, and go to “Levels”. This creates a masked layer which you can manipulate to darken the selected edges of the picture. Then, go to the “Adjustments” panel – look to the right on your screen. Adjust the black and grey indicator arrows so that the selection becomes darker. (I adjusted mine so that the black indicator level is at 37 and the grey one is at 0.50.)

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5. Now, the edges of the picture are much darker, but they are jagged. To solve this, click on the “Masks” panel right beside the “Adjustments” panel. Adjust the Feather to around 30 to 40.

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5. Now, it’s time to merge all the layers. Click on “Layer” on the menu, then choose “Merge Visible”.

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6. Now, you’re working with just one layer. It’s time to add a new one. Click once again on “Layer”, choose “New Adjustment Layer”, then choose “Curves”. In the new window, choose “Red” as the color.

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7. On the “Adjustments” panel once again (right side of your screen), adjust the white and black indicators towards the center. (I adjusted mine so that the black arrow is at 11 and the white is at 218.

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8. Add another layer (Layer > New Ajustment Layer > Color Balance).

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9. Once again, go to the Adjustments panel on your right. Click on the “Shadows” option and enter the numbers 0, 15, and 0 in the color levels.

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10. Click on the “Highlights” this time, then enter 20, 0, and 0 into the fields.

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11. It’s time to add another Layer: Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/ Contrast. On the “Adjustments” panel (right screen), adjust Brightness to 10 and Contrast to –5.

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12. It’s time to use the Polygonal Lasso Tool once again. This time, make sure your selection is a little smaller than your previous selection in the first part of this tutorial.

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12. Add another layer: Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Vibrance (or Hue/ Saturation). On the new window, adjust “Saturation” to –25.

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13. Another selection is in order to create another Lomography effect on Photoshop. Using the Polygonal Lasso Tool once again, make sure the selection is even smaller than your previous one. Make sure it’s not flush in the center. Your selection should center on the part of the picture that you want to highlight. (I wanted to highlight my face, so in my picture, my selection is a little bit to the left.)

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14. Create another layer. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Exposure. On the Adjustments panel, adjust the Exposure to 1.15. On the Masks panel, adjust Feather to 25.

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15. And to create the last Lomography effect on Photoshop, use the Polygonal Lasso Tool once again. This time, make your selection just about the same size as your very first selection. Then, right click and Select Inverse. Next, add a new layer: Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels. On the Adjustments panel, shift the grey indicator to the right to about 0.70 to 0.75. Shift the black indicator to around 25. On the Masks panel, shift the Feather to 25 px.

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And you’re done! Save the picture and you now have a photograph that looks like it was taken with a Lomography camera. Here’s my finished product:

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In my next guide, I shall make use of overlays and other effects. I want a red-out photo, which I hope to achieve in my next guide on how to make Lomography pics in Photoshop. I’m no Photoshop expert, but I could only hope this guide inspired you to try Lomography using Photoshop. Open-mouthed smile

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and contributes to The Manila Bulletin. Add her to your circles.