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Thursday, January 19, 2012

How To Make Your Photos Look Professional (4)

Easy Soft Focus Effect:

This effect works fine with lights & skins. It will add a nice glow to lightened objects, and a soft look for skin. Here we go...

I've picked this photo of Muhammad Ail Mosques from inside. It has a very nice lamps, yet I still can make them look much better ;)

Step 1: Duplicate the background layer, by hitting Ctrl+J to have two layers in the layers palate.

Step 2: With "Layer 1" selected in the Layers palette, change the blend mode to Overlay.

Step 3: With "Layer 1" still selected, go to [Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur]. Well, the "Radius" value depends on the image you're using. So, keep dragging the slider til you get a satisfying effect. Since I'm using a high resolution image, I needed a high value.

Step 4: Lower the opacity of "Layer 1" (Optional).

Step 5: Change the blend mode to "Soft Light" (Optional).

And that's it!! Click to enlarge.