Anyway, this tip makes use of Photoshop layer blends and gaussian blur. Here's a before and after example:
|Stock Photo by Qute at SXC.hu|
There are just three simple steps....
- Open your photo and duplicate the layer.
- Add a gaussian blur to the top, copied layer (I used 10 pixel radius, but you can use more or less depending on how strong you want the effect...just experiment!).
- Set the blurred layer blend to SCREEN and reduce the opacity. I used 75% for this example.
|Upper photo layer blend settings.|
- Experiment with blur layer, try adding photo filters (sepia, warming, cooling, yellow etc).
- There is no definitive setting to use with this technique as it really depends on the photo how it will turn out, so just try out different settings.
- You can get some interesting effects by giving the blur layer one photo filter and the original layer a different photo filter. (Sepia blur layer and yellow original works well).
- Notice how the AFTER photo is much brighter? You may want to adjust the brightness/contrast of your original. It really depends on your photo.