Lomo Effect

The lomo effect in a photo usually features dark vignettes, a soft focus, high contrast and unique coloring. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create that lomo effect easily in a few simple steps. The tutorial is very easy to follow and even beginners can try their hand on the lomo effect.

Lomo Effect

To create a simple lomo effect, you’ll need:

  • Any recent version of Photoshop

Step 1

Let’s start by opening your photo in Photoshop. I will be using this picture, which will work quite well with this effect.

Lomo Effect Original

First of all, we will create our vignette effect. To do so, click on the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer option at the bottom of the layers palette and select Gradient from the list that appears. Use the settings below and change the adjustment layer’s blending mode to Soft Light.

Lomo Effect Gradient Adjustment Layer

Next, go to Layer > Layer Style > Gradient Overlay and use the settings shown below.

Lomo Effect Gradient Overlay

This will create a nice vignette effect around the center.

Lomo Effect Gradient Result

Step 2

Now, create a new Curves Adjustment Layer by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves. There are no rules for the curve settings, but you just want to adjust all the RGB channels separately. Here’s what I did with my picture:

Lomo Picture Effect Curves Red

Lomo Picture Effect Curves Green

Lomo Picture Effect Curves Blue

Step 3

Duplicate the original image, then go to Filter > Blur > Lens Blur and blur the whole picture. Right now, you don’t need to worry about the specific settings. You just need to create enough blur like I did below:

Lomo Picture Effect Lens Blur

Now, create a layer mask for the duplicate layer and using a soft, large brush, paint black the main subjects of your picture.

Lomo Picture Effect Layer Mask

And we’re done! You can easily create a lomo effect with these simple 3 steps!

Lomo Effect