Wednesday, January 18

CoffeeShop Action UnWrapped Tutorial: Lomo Effect!

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I have been going through my older actions and seeing which ones I haven't written Action UnWrapped Tutorials on yet (where I take apart my actions and show you how I wrote them).  CoffeeShop Lomo has been a popular download on my site, so I decided to write the tutorial today.

NOTE:  This tutorial is written for Photoshop since PSE users can't access Channels. However, I wrote a Channel Action that PSE users can use for Steps 2-4.   Photoshop and PSE users can also download my nifty CoffeeShop Lomo action and get the exact same results without having to do it manually.  :-)

1.  Open your image and duplicate the background.  This is a SOOC image.

2.  Click on the Channels tab and then click on Red.  Image, Adjustment, Brightness/Contrast and set the contrast to 100.  (Note:  PSE users can download my CoffeeShop  Channels Action, for Steps 2-4.)

3.  Click on the Green Channel and go to Image, Adjustment, Brightness/Contrast and set the contrast to 100.

4.  Click on RGB and then on the Layers tab.

5.  Add a black  Color Fill adjustment layer and put the layer in Hue blending mode, 20% opacity.  This mutes colors.

6.  Add a Gradient  Fill layer, transparent to black, Radial, Angle 90, Scale 150%, and click on Reverse and Align with Layer.  Then click on the Gradient.

7.  Move the white slider (circled) to the middle of the scale (50%).  Click on OK, then OK.

8. Put this layer in Multiply blending mode, approx. 50% opacity and you are finished!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  I will post the CoffeeShop Velvet Peach UnWrapped tutorial next.

Want all of my favorite CoffeeShop Actions or Design Elements in one simple download AND help support this blog? Just click here for my action pack (includes the lomo action) or here for a download of some of my most popular design elements, storyboards, and textures.


  1. I have PSE9 but use Picnik for my Lomo actions. It can bring depth to a shot for sure.
    jennie. x

  2. I don't use Photo Shop products. I'm hoping I can figure out how to do this effect in Corel Paint Shop Pro.
    Thanks for sharing so generously.

  3. this is incredible! thanks from a newbie!


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