How to create a Holga effect in Photoshop: steps 5-8
05 Choose a brush tip
A Holga vignette is often broken up around the edges, creating an irregular black border. Click the Create A New Layer icon and label the new layer Border. Select the Brush tool, go to the brush picker and scroll down to the bottom to select the Oil Medium Wet Flow tip. Increase the size of the tip to 250 pixels.
06 Broken border
Make sure the Border layer is selected in the Layers palette before clicking and spraying the modified Brush tool around the edge of the frame. Feel free to make the edge of the border as jagged and irregular as you like. It’ll blend with the vignette effect to give the frame a rough and ready Holga-style edge.
07 Bit of a blur
Now let’s mimic the blurred edges caused by the Holga’s plastic lens. Drag the Vignette layer onto the Create A New Layer icon to duplicate it. Re-label the Vignette copy layer by calling it Blur. Go to Filter>Blur>GaussianBlur. Choose a blur Radius of 6 pixels and click OK to apply the filter to the layer.
08 Make a hole
The entire image is blurred. To make the photo blur around the edges only, grab the Eraser tool from the Layers palette. Go to the Brush preset picker and select a Soft Round brush of 300 pixels in diameter. Spray the Eraser over the middle of the blurred layer to reveal some of the sharply focused pixels on the layer below. Leave the edges looking soft.
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