August 5, 2009

Photoshop Tip

I use this little technique on almost all of my photos. Sometimes it's the only thing I do to them, sometimes I use it along with other actions. It works on 90% of my photos. It's simple and I love it.
  1. Open your image.
  2. Duplicate your background layer.
  3. On the new layer, apply Gaussian blur at 1.9 (you can do more or less but I like 1.9)
  4. Change the mode of this layer to Soft Light (you can try different modes but I almost always use soft light or overlay).
  5. Adjust the opacity of that layer to get the look you want.
Sometimes I lighten a bit or use my unsharp mask afterwards, I love the "depth" that it gives the photo. It deepens the shadows and makes it appear more 3-D'ish.

Here's an example for you.
Straight out of the camera.

Using my tip.

and of course a side by side comparison....


So go play with your photos!!!!!

2 comments:

jrosey said...

Great side by side comparison! Thanks for the tip! I only have Elements, but I think I can apply these actions in it, so that's great. Thanks for the tip!

aspen said...

Thanks for sharing..I'll be giving it a try. I have alot of fun tweeking my pics from time to time!

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