Holga Effect: Photoshop techniques for cool retro images

Holga Effect: Photoshop techniques for cool retro images

How to create a Holga effect in Photoshop: steps 13-16

How to create a Holga effect in Photoshop: step 13

13 Gentle blend
The entire Tint layer will now become filled with yellow pixels, obscuring the main image. Go to the Layer palette’s Blending Mode option and choose Soft Light. This mixes the photo and the yellow layer together more effectively. If you think this looks a bit too obvious, go for a more subtle wash of yellow by reducing the Tint layer’s Opacity to 50%.

 

How to create a Holga effect in Photoshop: step 14

14 Adjust the Levels
The photo looks a little washed out. To darken the shot’s shadows click on the Create Adjustment Layer icon and choose Levels. Adjust the shadow Input level by dragging the slider to the right until it has a value of 18. This darkens the shadows and helps blend the soft vignette with the jagged border more effectively.

 

How to create a Holga effect in Photoshop: step 15

15 Light leakage
Thanks to their fragile plastic casings, Holga cameras are prone to letting light leak onto the film. This causes parts of the frame to burn out due to excessive exposure. To recreate this cool effect, create a new layer called Light Leakage. Select the Brush tool and use the same tip as you used in step 5, but this time set the foreground colour to a fiery orange.

 

How to create a Holga effect in Photoshop: step 16

16 Final touches
Increase the brush tip size to 600 pixels and set the Light Leakage layer’s Blending Mode to Colour Dodge. Spray around the edge of the frame to create dramatic-looking burnt out patches. For a more subtle light leakage effect, reduce the layer’s Opacity to 81%. And there you have it – a stylised Holga-style print!

PAGE 1 – How to create a Holga effect in Photoshop: steps 1-4
PAGE 2 – How to create a Holga effect in Photoshop: steps 5-8
PAGE 3 – How to create a Holga effect in Photoshop: steps 9-12
PAGE 4 – How to create a Holga effect in Photoshop: steps 13-16
PAGE 5 – How we created our Holga effect

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