You may have noticed that many clothing stores use images with the same photo effect that looks somewhat like retro films. In this Photoshop tutorial, we’ll show you how to add the washed out Lomo effect to your photos using all adjustment layers.
Preview of Final Results
Fashion Retro Film Photoshop Tutorial
Open any photo into Photoshop.
First, we’ll compress the histogram in the red channel to add more contrast to the reds. Choose Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels. In the Channel drop down menu, select Red. Drag the black and white input slider towards the middle to increase the contrast in the reds.
Now we’re going to add a green tint to the shadows and red tint to the highlights. The Color Balance tool is the perfect tool for this. Choose Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance. In the Tone Balance option, select Shadows then enter in 0, 25, 0 in the color levels settings.
Now select Highlights on the tone balance options and enter 25, 0, 0 in the color levels settings.
We now have the retro film effect completed and to finish it off, we’ll add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer to add the washed out look. Choose Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast. If you are using Photoshop CS3, checkmark the “Use Legacy” option. Set the brightness to 25 and contrast to -25 then click OK.
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