Thank you Helen for the last challenge and for taking my slot!
This time I want to introduce you to the Lomo effect.
The Lomo effect, or Lomography as it is properly called, is something usually avoided by photographers, as it consists of all the things we try not to do in photography: oversaturated colours, distortions, prismatic effects, etc.
The effect is inspired by photographs taken from an inexpensive Russian camera called the Lomo LC-A. This camera produces high-contrast, increased saturation, and unique colouring of the photos taken with it due to improper colour reproduction and creates dark blurry edges with a sharp center. As with all such things, the effect is now something that we can reproduce in PSE.
The tutorial for this can be found here and is written for Photoshop but can be done in PSE. Note that PSE does not have a curves adjustment, so instead bring up the levels adjustment and change the individual colour channels that way.
Here is my final creation using this effect. As you can see, the colours have been tweaked to give it a more retro '70s look, the edges have been slightly darkened, and only the face is in focus. You could add some more light leaks to give this more of a Lomo effect, but I didn't feel that worked on this photo.
As always, experiment and see what works for you and share your results with us!
Please try the tutorial for a creative result... But you can use the 'Guided edit' mode in Elements 15 to try the 'lomo' effect. It's in the category 'Color', just right of 'basic' and before 'black and white'. That may give you a starting idea.
Thank you for sharing your creations Frank, J and Rita - they are all great.
Michel, you are of course right, there is a guided function for this effect in the later PSE versions, as you said, I encourage members to try out the tutorial as I feel you get more control of the overall effect.
I messed around with this some more and got an amazing variety of results. Tried to make the Lens Blur look like rain. Does it look like that, or do I imagine it? Perhaps more visible if you click for the large version.
Original from one of the free image sites, do not remember which.