So, you don’t have a holga. And you don’t know where to get one. Or for some reason can’t get your hands on one and you love the effects of lomography. Here’s how to make your digital photos look like one.
Step 1: Creating a Vignette
Select the freehand lasso and set feather to about 85px and create a circle around the image.
After you have circled the image, invert the selection. Go to the menu Select>Inverse.
(or you can hold Shift-cmd-l if you are using macbook and Shift-Ctrl-l on windows)
Then, you’ll have to add a ‘Levels’ layer. To do this, go to Layer>New Adjustment Levels>Layers. Doing so will add a masked layer. Once you have selected this, you should see a window with the ‘levels’. Moving the center arrow to the right will give your image darkened lomo-like edges.
Flatten the image. (Or Shift-cmd-e on mac and Shift-Ctrl-e on windows)
Step 2: Lomo-ing the image
Now, you’ll have to add a “Curves” layer. Select Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Curves and create a S-curve.
Next, create a new layer and fill it with solid black.
Next, select Hue and bring opacity to about 30-40% (depending on your preference)
Flatten your image again. Then, select Image>Mode>Lab Color. After you have selected Lab Color, select the channel window and click on lightness. You should see your image turn greyscale. Go to Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask and play with the settings.
After you have decided on the settings, go to Image>Mode>RGB color and the colors will automatically come back.
Finally, all you have to do is save the image and share! (: