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Lith print the digital way

Create a look similar to that of Lith prints with the help of CS4.

|  Adobe Adobe Photoshop CS4 in Adobe Photoshop
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  • Software used: Photoshop CS4
  • Time taken: 15 minutes

Step 1: Convert image

We want to convert the image (if coloured) to monochrome which you do with channels. Click on the black and white circle at the bottom of the layers palette and select channel mixer. In the channel mixer make sure monochrome is ticked and change the red, green and blue percentages accordingly. Make sure the total equal 100%. We had red 38, green 42 and blue 20. Once complete close the window then go to Layer>Flatten image.

Step 2: Blend mode

Rename your new layer and then duplicate it (Layer>Duplicate layer). Set the blend mode to overlay and reduce the opacity to around 70%. Then duplicate this layer and rename it. As we're going to apply a Gaussian blur we renamed it blur. Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian blur. Set the radius to around 56 pixels and click OK. Switch the blend mode to normal and move the blur layer underneath the second copied layer. This should give the image a slight glow which is something often found in lith prints.

Step 3: Lith colour

Now we want to create the colour lith prints are famous for to do this select the second copied layer which should now be at the top and click on the black and white circle at the bottom of the layers palette and select Hue/Saturation. Make sure the colourize box is ticked and change the hue to 36, saturation to 36 and lightness to -12. After this flatten the image once again (Layer>Flatten image).

Step 4: Add noise

To give the image a grainy feel we want to add some noise. Go to Filter>Noise>Add noise. Make sure monochromatic and Gaussian is selected and change the amount to 15%. If you want the image to glow ever so slightly more go to Filter>Distort>Diffuse Glow. Then take a look at your image.

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