Holga Effect: Photoshop techniques for cool retro images

Holga Effect: Photoshop techniques for cool retro images

The secrets behind our Holga effect

The secrets behind our Holga effect: crop

Become a cropper
To create a square format print we used the Crop tool. By holding the Shift key we were able to constrain the shape of the Crop tool’s marquee.

 

The secrets behind our Holga effect: colour shifts

Colour shifts
We used a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer to mimic a Holga-style cross-processed look. The photo’s blue sky was given a green tone by changing the value of the hues.

 

The secrets behind our Holga effect: vignette

Vignette effect
We used the Correct Camera Distortion filter and a customised brush tip to create a jagged-edged vignette around the edge of the frame.

 

The secrets behind our Holga effect: grain

Groovy grain
For grain we used the Add Noise filter and an Overlay layer Blending Mode. For light leakage we sprayed an orange brush onto a new layer and set its Blending Mode to Colour Dodge.

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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