Lomography and the lomo effect is massively popular in Photography circles. The origins of the lomo effect come from a budget Russian camera called the Lomo LC-A, but we can recreate the imagery produced by this little cheap camera on our own digital photos with the help of Photoshop. Follow this step by step Photoshop tutorial to easily give your photos the vibrant characteristics of lomography.

The Lomo photo effect

Lomo style photo effect

Lomo style photo effect

The poor construction of the Lomo LC-A and similar budget cameras meant that photos would often feature unusually high contrast, obscure colour reproduction, intense saturation and would sometimes be extremely blurry. Usually this would be classed as an absolute failure in terms of typical analogue photography, but with the Lomo it all added to the charm and character of the camera and the unusual images it produced.

Lomography effect in Photoshop

Open up an image of your choice to apply your Lomography photo effect in Photoshop. I’ve picked out an image of a rusty old truck from ThinkStock.

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  1. Chris,

    Even though I know there are plenty of variations of the Lomo effect and I do like TomAnder’s Lomo Photoshop action, I really like your take on Lomo. Also, your play-by-play are spot on for novices to follow along.


    • Hi Chris,
      Brilliant !
      Have learnt something from this Lomo Effect. It may be used creating any retro design.
      Thanks a lot.

  2. Thanks for this simple tutorial, Chris. I love all the ‘How-to’ posts on this blog! I frequently get clients who want the Lomo effect or something similar to it somewhere on their website! It is a bit popular!

  3. Lovely tutorial !!! i have recently discovered lomo and fell in love with the crazy colours and feel. I do a lot of point and shooting type photography with with my digital camera while riding and this really add a lot to the look and to the end designs and photos that I use.

  4. I wanted to see how the “Lomo” technique, as presented by Chris, would look on a digital/photorealistic-like painting. The results are posted on my Behance profile (http://bit.ly/15yBIi4) in case you’re interested.

  5. This is exactly what I’ve been doing the last couple of days. Funny that it shows up right when I’m in need of it. Your lomo effect is a lot easier than what I did, yet looks just as good. At least now I know a faster, simpler way. Keep up the great work, Chris.

  6. Great Chris,
    Very Nicely you explain the whole process, All steps are clear without any confusion and this snapshot explanation is really understandable.
    Thanks for this tutorial.. :)

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