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How to create an authentic lith print effect

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
April 22, 2013

Discover the digital lith print effect using these Photoshop techniques and tools

The original processes were extremely difficult to control and duplicate, but to this day the lith print effect has refused to go out of fashion. This is because of its distinctive artistic appeal, and Photoshop is the savior of such a modest yet powerful style. A key point to remember when creating your lith print is placing emphasis on the contrast of the highlights and shadows. A unique characteristic of the lith print is its ability to have soft and glowing highlights next to harsh, dark shadows. Another trait of the lith is its rich texture complementing the warm tones.

Lith print effect


Before photo from, by Stuart Bell

Step 1

Duplicate your image’s layer and head to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation. Before making any adjustments, tick the Colorize box. Set the Hue slider to 40 and Saturation to 30. Hit OK to apply the lith tone.






Step 2

Duplicate the top layer and go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise. Select the Uniform box, tick Monochromatic and set the Amount slider to 30%. Hit OK. Reduce this layer’s opacity to 30% to soften the texture. Apply the Gaussian Blur filter, with Radius of 1.5, to soften even more.





Step 3

Click Create a New Layer button. Go to Edit>Fill and set to black. Using the Elliptical Marquee tool, draw an oval selection over your image and hit Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+I to invert. Apply a layer mask, and set layer’s blend mode to Soft Light. Use a black, soft brush to remove the inner edge to create a vignette.