Photoshop Lomography Photo Action

Emanuele Feronato Photoshop

I am always looking for nice effects to give to my photos.

The “Lomo” effect is one of them.

From Wikipedia: Lomography is a commercial trademark of Lomographische AG, Austria for products and services related to photography. The name is licensed from a former state-run optics company LOMO PLC in St. Petersburg, Russia. The 35 mm LOMO LC-A camera employed an unusual lens which produced large amounts of distortion at the edges of the image whilst keeping the center sharp, and was promoted by businessmen from Austria with international gallery shows.

Lomography emphasizes casual, snapshot photography. Accidents such as over-saturated colors, lens artifacts, and exposure defects are rehabilitated to produce swirly, abstract effects — a trait emphasized by practitioners. Others use the technique to document everyday life, because the small camera size and ability to shoot in low light encourages candid photography, photo reportage and photo vérité.

The lens effect (although perhaps not the philosophy) can be partially emulated in photo-editing programs, such as Gimp or Photoshop.

Why not creating an action that to automatically emulate Lomography? Here it is!!!

I divided the action into two parts: the first one with just saturation/brightness/contrast adjustments, and the second one with edge blurring.

Before

Before Lomography

after saturation/brightness/contrast adjustments

Lomography in progress

final result

After Lomography

Download the action

If you use this action and are satisfied of the result, please tell me where to find your before/after photos to add them to my example page, and help me with your feedback.

This is a photo sent me by Tim Stet (www.timstet.nl) using my lomography action

Lomo by Tim Stet

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Comments 129

  1. ray

    Does this .atn work with PS 8 on OSX ?

    The preset manager won’t load the .atn..

    Any help / guidance appreciated !

    Cheers,

    Ray

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  3. Asif Iqbal

    F***in’ Awesome Man!! Just Lomo-ed a pic it looks real cool. This effect makes it look so damn agressive. I’m gonna do it on all my pics.

    Thanks for this. Thanks a lot, mate. Will post a link when I’m done and uploaded them all.

  4. Asif Iqbal

    I am a Photoshop newbie. And there’s this dialog box that comes before the last one. What can I do about it?

    THE COMMAND “LENS BLUR” IS NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE.

    Is this an error? Am I missing some filter/effect?

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    Emanuele Feronato

    I am happy you enjoyed it.
    Why don’t you send me a pic or two?

    About lens blur, I am afraid it’s only available on CS and higher.
    Simply skip it or replace with gaussian blur.
    Let me know what are you doing.

  6. Tim Stet

    Hello there,

    I am a photographer that for work, practically always have to use a digital camera.
    I have difficulty with creating an image in post-process to create an attractive atmosphere as the camera itself creates to clean of an image.
    After searching the net for a day i downloaded loads of filters, plugins, actions and editorials about this.
    Well, I just mail you to say that your ‘triqui lomo’ action is superb!
    It’s a heavy thing off course, and therefor not suitable for many images, but it has definately created the effect I wanted for some.
    I attached a photo, to show you an example of ‘our’ work. (I am now working on a serie wich is even better with your action, but this is still in progress)

    So.. once again, thancks for making this action available, really appreciate it!

    Kind regards,

    Tim Stet
    http://www.timstet.nl

    ps. It did make me feel that, for me, there is still a lot to learn about PS, just when I thought that I was becomming quite good…

  7. Asif Iqbal

    Hey Emanuele. Remember me, comment #4 and #5. A’right. So I just worked your great Lomo effect on some pics and here’s the result man.

    I’ve uploaded about 13 pics in a Flickr set – Lomo-dified. Do enjoy, it’s not much just a newbie’s clicks.

  8. johann

    superb effects. it has that “professional” feel to it. tried the action on some of my photos and it turned out great. thanks emanuele, keep up the good work.

  9. Ahdoorubble

    I get the message after extracting and loading into PhotoShop that it is not a valid file name. I have not done anything but download it. Does anyone have suggestion on what I need to do? I’d like to try this. Thanks for Sharing!

    AhDoo

  10. Aurock

    I got it to work! And it is pretty cool, though I think the actio works much better with light-colored objects/people than darker ones. And this is from a darker-skinned person’s perspective. Not disimilar from when I was in film school, changing exposures for different complexions. So I had to make some alterations. But yeah, thanks for the Action. Peace.

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  13. blues note

    i tried extracting the file and it gave me a bunch of gibberish. is there any way of sending me the steps via email? i’m really eager to try this style out! danke!

  14. steve

    Thanks! I’ve used your action in Photoshop CS2 and CS3 (beta). Interestingly the vignette seems to have shrunk a bit in CS3.

    I love the results, and have run this one over many of my shots.

  15. Trish

    Hey there —

    I love the photo of the yellow car and what you did with it using Photoshop. I have “Photoshop Elements 4.0″ — will it work on that? I’ve saved the action/script to my PC, and I tried to open it with Adobe (right click, open with, Photoshop), but nothing’s happening. I’m a complete novice, so I’m guessing I’m doing it incorrectly. Could you please walk me through the steps? Many thanks.

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  18. ariefous

    Can you kindly provide me the photoshop action for vintage-look effect?…i`ve been searching for it…Thanks in advance, good day~~~!

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  21. Adele

    Well, I can’t buy you a beer (or two) but I can sure leave a very grateful comment. =] Thanks a lot for your help. Really. I have been looking for a lovely way to mimic the wonderful Lomo effect for quite awhile now.

  22. rjnworks

    i’m going crazy over this lomo thing to the point im thinking of buying an lc-a. however when i stumbled into your site, i was thinking twice if i have to purchase one.. lol

    your ps lomo action is amazing, i was able to apply it in my unpublished photos and there you have it an artwork using your Lomography Photo Action…

    thanks a lot… here is the link of my lomo effects album
    http://rjnworks.multiply.com/photos/album/25

    -renen

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  27. Pudding

    Aloha, used your Lomo action on a few of my dolly shots & I really love the effect. I might just have to buy me a lomo camera just for the novelty of having it with me to take some snaps. Anyway, your action works great I can’t use the Blur lens because I have an older version of PS but I still like the effect anyway. Maybe you can make one for PS7 users also. Again Much thanks.

  28. Tinayums

    hey there emanuel,

    your actions is pretty amazing! thanks so much for the tip..

    another thing i want to ask from a PRO like you, i am searching for tips on how to make glossy pictures..(dont know if i used the words exactly) but visiting below site will be helpful to what i mean:

    http://www.pbase.com/manny_librodo

    i hope you’ll find time to reply to me!

    cheers,

    tinayums

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  30. Charina Razon

    hello,
    would like to ask you how come i downloaded the triqui lomo and it does not work or open in my photoshop version? am using cs2
    please help me
    thnks in advance
    regards,
    charina

  31. geir

    Hi! Exploring the world of lomography, trying to get the tool to work in PS Elements 2.0 on mac OSX 10.3.9, unsuccessfully. Any tips, anyone? All the best!

  32. maan

    i’ve tried downloading “the action” but it has a file extension of .atn and it won’t open, what should i do? i really want to try this one on my pictures…

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  35. Lina

    Hi,
    I tried to use your triquilomo, but it didn’t work. When I’m opening the file, the photoshop CS3
    opens but then I don’t know what to do… I’m a beginner at photoshop, but I would really like to try using this effevt, it looks great.
    /Lina

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  37. Yolanda

    Is there a way to make the effect save in PSE5? It works up until the very last step. Someone mentioned 3 versions. The only one I got was a sepia tinted one. Thanks.

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  42. nicolas

    hello my name is nico but you can call me cowgoose
    (that’s my nick name). i’m from indonesia. i just want to tell you abot your action… it’s f*** man
    and if you have any action more, contact me at cow_goose@yahoo.com.

    terima kasih (english:thank you)

  43. Charlie

    Don’t expect any help from freeloaders on here. They use the free stuff to improve their photos, then act like they did it all by themselves.

  44. emily

    these are my pictures without using this effect because i downloaded the file, zipped. and extracted them. i’m not sure what to do with them. i’m only 14 but photography is what i want to do. please help me!

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  46. Eccles

    I INSTALLED YOUR ACTION ON MAC OSX AND NOW PHOTOSHOP WONT OPEN PROPERLY. IT WONT ALLOW ME TO OPEN A DOCUMENT AT ALL AS IS THEREFOR USELESS. GOT ANY IDEAS, OR FIXES?

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  53. download lomo

    I developed a script for the GIMP to emulate the Lomo effect. Although it doesn’t achieve a complete effect, it’s fast and gives a very nice result. Follow my link and give it a try. GIMP is available for both Linux and Windows. Comments welcome!

    Cordially, Ismael

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  56. zne

    Hey!
    I just saw a thing on tv about lomo cams and i really wanted to be able to take shots like that for myself. And i googled it and found your action. IT WORKS GREAT! Many thanks. Will be checking out the rest of your site now.

    //Jonas “zne”

  57. Clarissa

    hi! thanks for the wonderful action! as im using ps7, i replaced lens blur with gaussian blur. im not sure if i did it right since im new at ps, but the gaussian blur created smudges and grey patches on my photo instead. guess i’d just go without the blurring. thanks once again!

  58. Don

    Gorgeous effect. Download this action! The results are so nice. Thank you Emanuele for the free Lomo. I wish I’d found this months ago.

  59. Regeene

    Oh, btw, to the people confused about HOW TO USE ACTIONS, I too was clueless, but after googling about it, here’s how u do it:

    1.) Unzip the “Triquilomo.zip” file.

    2.) Double click/OPEN the “Triqui Lomo.atn” file. (this should open/bring up your Adobe Photoshop editing program)

    3.) Bring up your HISTORY window in Adobe PS.

    4.) Click on the ACTIONS tab. (a folder named “Triqui Lomo” should appear below the Default Actions folder)

    5.) Open your photo, or if you already have your photo opened, just click on “lomo” right below Triqui Lomo and click the PLAY icon in the same window. (play icon should be located between the RECORD button & a little folder button on the bottom of the window)

    6.) Presto!

    Enjoy! :-)

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  69. Christine

    I clicked “download” from your page (i use firefox) when d download finished one window showed the triquilomo.zip i double click to open it then i saw “extract all files” so i clicked … now the triquilomo file is in my c//:users/user … and now i don’t know how to do already …. where to go how to use yr software to lomo my pic … pls advice … i am using PC

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