Creating a hipster look

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Hi! And welcome to a new Pixelmator tutorial podcast. This week we are going to give a photo a retro or lomo effect. First a tiny, bit of history before we start. The name lomo stands for the Lomo camera made by LOMO PLC, a former optics manufacturer from Saint Petersburg in Russia. These cameras were far from perfect but it is that far from perfect part that now gives them their fame. The images from these cameras were often a little bit blurry and the camera body wasn’t very well sealed, so tiny light leaks could reach the film. On top of that some photographers shooting with the lomo camera cross-processed their films resulting in this special contrast and color look.

Today I’m going to show you how to recreate this effect in Pixelmator.

  • Connie

    this may be a stupid question but after you finish all the steps in the tutorial do you have to blend all the layers together then save or just save? thanks

  • PMtuts

    If you want to keep your project and be able to edit it later on then I’d recommend saving it to the native pxm-format. If you want to publish it to the web, then you’d better of saving it into the jpg or png format. If you want to archive your work without loosing quality either use the pxm format or use a lossless format like tiff if you are sure you don’t want to edit your work later on.

    It is not necessary to blend, merge or flatten the layers when you are done.

  • Connie

    Thanks. I appreciate the saving tips. I have loads of questions but will save them for a later date, incase they are answered on a tutorial.