Thursday, April 9, 2009
I have had many requests for a lomo action that runs in PSE. Many of the tutorials out there do not work in Photoshop Elements, and even this action uses a technique PSE users can't access themselves (selecting the individual channels and adjusting their contrast) yet works if written into an action.
So what is Lomo? Here is a bit from Wikipedia: Lomography emphasizes casual, snapshot photography. Characteristics such as over-saturated colors, off-kilter exposure, blurring, "happy accidents," and alternative film processing are often considered part of the "Lomographic Technique."Users are encouraged to take a lighthearted approach to their photography, and use these techniques to document everyday life, as the Lomo LC-A's small size, simple controls, and ability to shoot in low light encourages candid photography, photo reportage, and photo vérité through the much-touted "10 Rules."
Is it crazy that we use high tech camera equipment and editing software and then try to make our images look like snapshots taken on a cheap camera? Heck no! Photography is art and art is subjective and a faux-Lomo look can be fun!
If you want to do this by scratch and not use an action, you can read the CoffeeShop Lomo Action UnWrapped tutorial. But for now you can play with this fun little action that runs in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Just adjust the Black fill layer opacity and Vignette layer opacity and blending mode (multiply, overlay, or soft light) to taste after the action runs. Flatten and rerun the action and adjust the Lomo layer's opacity to taste for even more contrast and color.
Download the free CoffeeShop Lomo PS/PSE Action HERE!
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