A Magic Touch for Photos – Using Filters to Soften Photos

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Sometimes, all it takes is one small simple touch to take a photo from special to spectacular. Bringing in a bit of softness and light can give your images a magical, romantic, ethereal look.

 

 

 

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Discover the difference you can make with just three easy steps!

Step 1: Choose Your Photo

This tip works well with photos of people, landscapes, flowers, weddings… well, just about everything! So find a photo you’d like to add a touch of magic to.

  • Open the photo you want to work with in Photoshop Elements.
  • Duplicate the original image by pressing Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J).

Step 2: Soften Things Up

  • Go up to the Options Bar and choose Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
  • Set the Blur Radius to about 12 pixels. Click Okay.

Step 3: Blend and Brighten

  • Open the Blend Modes menu at the top of the Layers panel and choose Screen.
  • Adjust the opacity of the screened layer until the photo looks like magic to you!

  • You may even want to duplicate the screened layer, if the photo can handle it. It all depends on how ethereal you want your image to look.

So, here’s the original:

Here’s the image with the tip applied:

And here’s that bonus step… a duplicate of the screened layer, with the opacity slightly reduced:

You choose the amount of softness and light you want to apply — go with what works for your photo.

And that’s all there is to it. A quick way to bring an extra special touch to your extra special photos!

Credits:
Tip of the Week:
A Touch of Magic for Your Photos, by Jan Walker
Photo:
Morguefile.com
Software:
Adobe Photoshop Elements 9

Download a PDF version of this “A Magic Touch for Photos” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

 


Discover the difference you can make with just three easy steps!

Step 1: Choose Your Photo

This tip works well with photos of people, landscapes, flowers, weddings… well, just about everything! So find a photo you’d like to add a touch of magic to.

  • Open the photo you want to work with in Photoshop.
  • Duplicate the original image by pressing Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J).

 

Step 2: Soften Things Up

  • Go up to the Options Bar and choose Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
  • Set the Blur Radius to about 12 pixels. Click Okay.

 

Step 3: Blend and Brighten

  • Open the Blend Modes menu at the top of the Layers panel and choose Screen.
  • Adjust the opacity of the screened layer, until the photo looks like magic to you!

 

  • You may even want to duplicate the screened layer, if the photo can handle it. It all depends on how ethereal you want your image to look.

So, here’s the original:

Here’s the image with the tip applied:

And here’s that extra step… a duplicate of the screened layer, with the opacity slightly reduced:

You choose the amount of softness and light you want to apply — go with what works for your photo.

And that’s all there is to it. A quick way to bring an extra special touch to your extra special photos!

Credits:
Tip of the Week:
A Touch of Magic for Your Photos, by Jan Walker
Photo:
Morguefile.com
Software:
Adobe Photoshop CS5

Download a PDF version of this “A Magic Touch for Photos” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

 

One Response

  1. Taschja Hattingh
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    Awwwhhh! So great and what a end result! Love it! Thanks for shareing

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