Posted in Uncategorized by Scott on February 11, 2007

Today I’m going to give you another simple but effective technique. We’re going to simulate lomography with a few simple steps. The original Photoshop tutorial I’m adapting was done by Denny Tang and can be found here. We’ll be using another CC licensed photograph originally posted to flickr by user Bob Jones. Many thanks to Mr. Jones.

So, here we go.

  1. The first thing I did was to crop the picture a bit to remove the leg or whatever from the corner. Then I applied the contrast masking technique I went over last time to make the colors pop a bit more.
    Puppy in the Grass (before)
  2. Next, create an eliptical selection around the subject. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just so it encompases most of the image.
  3. Invert the selection [Ctrl+i] and blur the edges by clicking Select>Feather. I used a generous value of 500 for this image, but you may want to experiment for different sized images.
  4. Create a new layer and name it “Circle”. Drop the opacity to 75, and fill it with black. You should have a nice soft vignette around the subject now.
  5. Now on to the color distortion. First, make sure the background layer is activated, and then go to the channels dialog. Deselect all but the red channel.
  6. Click Layer>Colors>Brightness-Contrast… Bump the contrast up to 50. Going back to the channels dialog, deselect the red and reselect the green channel and repeat the contrast adjustment.

Here’s the before and after:

That’s it! Pretty nifty eh? Please visit my flickr page for full size versions. Thank you for following along.

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  1. bob jones said, on February 11, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    i’m honoured that you’ve used my photo for your tutorial. Keep up the good work!

  2. gimparoo said, on February 11, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    Bob, you’ve got some really great photo’s on your flickr site. Thanks for being a sport!

  3. jonny said, on February 13, 2007 at 6:51 pm

    A much bolder alternative, to simulate the oversaturated and overexposed look some lomo cameras give (your method for vignetting is nice already, is to duplicate the layer and adjust the curve of the new layer, adding a new point at around 95×150, overlay, and adjust the opacity to taste. Doesn’t always work, but when it does, it definitely has that lomo feel.

  4. Scott said, on February 13, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    Again with the good suggestions. I don’t suppose you’d want to be a collaborator eh Jonny?

  5. Kim said, on February 27, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    your tutorials are a lot of help, thanks. The dog is a cutie too

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