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Quicktips: Lomo Light Leaks by lukeroberts Quicktips: Lomo Light Leaks by lukeroberts
The gradient one looks long but it's very simple. If you're an advanced user, this is what it says: Gradient Fill layer, orange to transparent, blend: Vivid Light or Colour Dodge :)

Appendix
Some examples from dA:
lomokopuk by *ariadnezenit
lomoyandim by *ariadnezenit
b,rm by *nonpretension
LL - DevID by *nonpretension
House by ~pearlsforher
dusk by ~kerrissteen
House by ~exubriantz
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:iconarnarn-stinkfist:
arnarn-stinkfist Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
thank u good sir!!!Wink/Razz 
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hipnoptico Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot!!!! I've been trying for several hours! You opened a new world of posibilities for me!
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blackheaven001 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011   Photographer
thanks for the tutorial sir.
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watergal28 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I used this tut. on this work of mine here:[link]
This was so easy to follow, and now I can add the light leaks to my photography, too. Thank you! (:
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blissfulnblind Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
This may sound stupid but...

How do you create real light leaks?
(or is it always accidently)?
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:iconbucketofchicken:
bucketofchicken Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
or simply when you open the back of your camera. then it can be intencional (as i have done aha) :aww:
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:iconataahua-x:
ataahua-x Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
real light leaks are when you have cracks or holes in your SLR and the light effects your film.
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shtrumf Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
very nice layout and tips ! thank you for putting your time into this !
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schizoTres Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008
light leaks are cool and fun! :D

here's mine, tell me what do you think [link]

and thanks a lot for the tutorial!
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:iconwhothennow24:
whothennow24 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008
I do fake light leaks too. I've always done them by brushing them on.

I thinkYou should mention in this tutorial, though, that using the blending mode "overlay" on the light-leak layer also gives a realistic effect, depending on the colors that are underneath it.

Also, when you blur the light leaks using Motion Blur, it's sometimes a good idea to increase the "distance" in the Motion Blur pop-up window. If you look at photos of REAL light leaks, sometimes they are very long and stretch over halfway across or down the photo.
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lukeroberts Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008
Good tips :nod: This tutorial is a bit old now, and i have come to the same conclusions over the past couple of years.
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:iconwhothennow24:
whothennow24 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
Oh, okay. Man, I meant to show you an example of a photo with fake light leaks where the photographer used the Lighten blending mode. It looked so real. I can't remember who she is now, though. If she ever comments me again, I'll send you a link if you want.
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lukeroberts Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
Yeah, sounds good - i'd love to see how they do it and how it looks. There are a couple of groups on Flickr dedicated to faux lomo photos, but they don't usually have light leaks.
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whothennow24 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008
Can you send me a link to one of those groups?
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:iconlukeroberts:
lukeroberts Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
I can do better than that and link you to four groups that you might like:

Lomo Fakers League

Faux Lomo

Faux Vintage

and Lightleaks

Enjoy :)
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:iconwhothennow24:
whothennow24 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008
Cooool, awesome, thanks!
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Roxyfriik Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008
you're brilliant! this is really helpful,thanks!!
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BBCVersus Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008   Photographer
AWESOME
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:iconheidiwg:
heidiwg Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007
thanks for this, I'll definatley try it!
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dakoo Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
Thnx for this nice tutorial man !!
Any chance u can put up a tutorial to get a poloroid kinda effect though Photoshop ???
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:iconjabala:
jabala Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2006
wow this is great, light leaks are fun to do! i do open my camera back to get this effect but sometimes it damages some important shots too. i should try this, thanks!
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:iconlukeroberts:
lukeroberts Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006
haha yeah they're fun. Probably best to try this safe way if you have some important photos though :nod:
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luneves Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool!! :nod:
:+fav:
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webworm Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2006
Thanks alot! :D
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DanShoemaker Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2006   Interface Designer
well written tutorial. the pink one DOES look very fake.

when i want this effect i use another picture that has the lomo light effect and blend it.

if you have a digital camera, you can achieve this effect by having a slow shutter speed and/or having FLASH TURNED OFF.

i get mixed results, but most of the time they look very cool.

EX:[link]
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lukeroberts Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2006
i don't mind the pink one really, but it's certainly not realistic. Not on that photo anyway. Light leaks do turn pink against a blue sky though. It was more of an experiment and just to show people that you don't have to be limited to orange/yellow.

Using the other method is great too. You can get very good results by taking a good blank lightleak photo (preferably with a black background) and blend it with the photo, as seen here: [link]

That's a nice example you have there too :nod: Anyway, thanks a lot for the feedback! I appreciate it
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mizzuae Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2005
great thing! Thanks!
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:iconlukeroberts:
lukeroberts Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2005
thankyou :) Have fun with it!
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jaakobou Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005
one of the best tutorials i've seen in a while

cheers
jaako

p.s. come visit the club :)
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lukeroberts Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005
thankyou :) i was thinking no one liked it that much, but i'm glad you enjoyed it!
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destrado04 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2005
keep these tutorials comin

thanks
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jbunti Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005   Interface Designer
well written tutorial, however the final effect looks way too fake. since when did light leaks become pink? plus I'm not a fan of faking the art.
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lukeroberts Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005
i've seen pink ones. Perhaps not that pink, but still... From the reference photos i used, the orange one looks fairly realistic :shrug: But it's not completely realistic, you're right. It's more of a stylised effect :nod: I developed this after i wanted to create a light leak effect on this: [link] and i couldn't find any other tutorials on anything remotely like it. So this is for those people who have normal photos and would like to create the effect for what ever reason :)
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cls-one Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005
these are so dope, keep em coming
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spoco2 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005
I would have to say... WHY???? :D

I actually had to do the reverse on a couple of photos taken in my Pentax when the back door was accidently opened when film was inside... I had one photo that had a complete orange cast to it, and another with a fan of it across it... photoshop saved photos that otherwise were not able to be used.
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lukeroberts Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005
haha well, it's not for everyone :) I developed it when i was making this and developed it a bit afterwards. I like the effect, but it's not for everyone. I haven't seen any other tutorials like it, so i thought i'd just throw it out there.
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spoco2 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2005
And in that context it looks great! :) A great tutorial btw... I'm just forever trying to make my photos look better not worse! :P :lol:
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cocktailmix Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005
Great tutorial :) Good job, and thanks! D
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Tordo Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how you designed the layout, it's easy to read and to follow. Text is simple as well.

Nice work.
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lukeroberts Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005
thanks :) The other tutorials i've made use Myriad Pro regular, but when i was making this one i decided to use myriad Pro light. I think that helps readability :nod:
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Tordo Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :)

It does help.
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Tordo Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I almost forgot, it was a nice thing the appendix with examples. :)
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Artemis-the-phoenix Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005
YAY for LOMO's & your ever so imformative tute's ... altho considering I own one (oktomat) I'm wondering if I'll ever need to use your info
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lukeroberts Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005
we don't all have lomo cameras :( when i did get some film developed the other day that i had deliberatly exposed to light a bit of light, to try and get some light leaks on there, the printing place didn't give them to me. I can see they're on the negatives, but they just threw them out :shakefist:
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Artemis-the-phoenix Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005
GRRRRR yeah frustrating !!!!! ..... i find that if i TELL the store what the deal is with the film then they usually processes it how YOU want .... u should have seen the look on their faces when i was trying to explain the oktomat hahaha
Generally tho if you use the same place all the time they get to know you and your style ;)
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AliP123 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005   Photographer
Oo, I like the affect it gives. :nod: Nice tutorial. :)
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:iconlukeroberts:
lukeroberts Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005
Glad you like it :) Now you can see how i did that other version of Fostering Creativity ;)
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AliP123 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2005   Photographer
YEAH! I was thinking that!! :D Well done!
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ratiocinative Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005
always a pleasure to read your tutorials. look foward to the next ;)
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lukeroberts Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005
thankyou :) I try to write them so that even someone very new to Photoshop can understand them. But to do that, i always write more so it seems like the technique is more complex than it really is :( But hopefully it's clear... maybe. I mean, that gradient technique could probably be done in under 20 mouse-clicks :o
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