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Afro1989
Apr 26, 2006, 02:55 PM
Hey another question! I don't know if this is too vague of a question, but is there a simple way to create the kinda' soft theme from a normal photograph as shown here (http://www.pixelgirlpresents.com/images/desktops/Nuber/ForestC1680.jpg)? I really love the way it looks and I'd like to create this look with my photos too!

Thanks to whoever resonds. :)



dornoforpyros
Apr 26, 2006, 03:14 PM
Gausian Blur filter

HughJ
Apr 26, 2006, 03:21 PM
in PS copy layer (so you have two identical layers) set the top most layer to 50% opacity, then go to gaussian blur (you 'll only need a very slight blur for it to work)

PixelFactory
Apr 26, 2006, 03:25 PM
Here is how I get that effect.

1 Copy the background layer.
2 Gaussian Blur the new layer... alot
3 set that layer at hard light blending

Here is a sample.

Lebowski
Apr 26, 2006, 03:53 PM
I like to dup the layer, then blow out the white point a bit using levels on one of the layers. Throw a little GausBlur on it, and drop the opacity and flatten.

done.

HughJ
Apr 26, 2006, 03:53 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v189/punto855/house.png

in PS copy layer (so you have two identical layers) set the top most layer to 50% opacity, then go to gaussian blur (you 'll only need a very slight blur for it to work)

crees!
Apr 26, 2006, 04:13 PM
On top of the blurs and opacities don't forget your blend modes!

Afro1989
Apr 26, 2006, 04:27 PM
What do you mean by that?

crees!
Apr 26, 2006, 04:36 PM
What do you mean by that?

These are your blend modes. http://www.photoape.com/album/photo/index.cfm?albumID=3444&photoPage=1

HughJ
Apr 26, 2006, 04:42 PM
These are your blend modes. http://www.photoape.com/album/photo/index.cfm?albumID=3444&photoPage=1
surely a soft focus pic has to maintain the hard egdes of the original pic as well as the blur, nothing in modes produces that effect:confused:

Dagless
Apr 26, 2006, 04:56 PM
in PS copy layer (so you have two identical layers) set the top most layer to 50% opacity, then go to gaussian blur (you 'll only need a very slight blur for it to work)

Exactly the way I do it. Though, depending on the image colour and content I might use something instead of basic 50% opacity. Maybe overlay or hard light.

Lebowski
Apr 26, 2006, 07:25 PM
On top of the blurs and opacities don't forget your blend modes!


blend modes are a designers best friend.

screen is my most used id say.

crees!
Apr 27, 2006, 08:32 AM
surely a soft focus pic has to maintain the hard egdes of the original pic as well as the blur, nothing in modes produces that effect:confused:

What you do is duplicate the layer of the photo, image, whatever. Blur it just a little. Then cycle through the blend modes (cmd/ctrl-+) and use a low opacity. You can also apply a mask and use a brush with a soft edge. Maybe you haven't gotten that far in PS yet but when it was announced that Flash was incorporating blend modes into Flash 8 practically all us designers crapped our pants and gave each other a high-five afterwards.

HughJ
Apr 27, 2006, 08:46 AM
What you do is duplicate the layer of the photo, image, whatever. Blur it just a little. Then cycle through the blend modes (cmd/ctrl-+) and use a low opacity. You can also apply a mask and use a brush with a soft edge. Maybe you haven't gotten that far in PS yet but when it was announced that Flash was incorporating blend modes into Flash 8 practically all us designers crapped our pants and gave each other a high-five afterwards.


erm, is that not creating more work for yourself? all that was asked was a soft focus...which is exactly what i created in literally two clicks...but i guess there are many ways to create similar effect's

bartelby
Apr 27, 2006, 09:11 AM
Before:
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i47/1Llizz/Piccadilly.jpg

After:
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/liam.beardsmore/blythe/Picca2.jpg

This uses a couple of layers with "Soft Light" blending.

Layer 1 :Original image, colour corrected, background blurred.
Layer 2: Copy of original layer, Brightness and contrast increased by 10 each.
Saturation dropped to -70, Gaussian blur: 7.0 pixels. Blend to Soft Light.
Layer 3: Radial gradient from transparent to black. Blend to Soft Light again


EDIT: I hope the "before" shot is the right one. Work blocks Photobucket so I can't check!
I'll change it when I get home if it's wrong

gman71882
May 4, 2006, 12:31 AM
^^^^^^that Doll Is Up There Is Frrrreeaaakkky

usclaneyj
May 7, 2006, 05:05 PM
yeah, i usually dupe the layer, gaussian blur it a bunch, maybe tweak the levels, and then set to either overlay or soft light. adjust the opacity and bam. good contrast, good color, defined photo that still has that "day time soap opera" look to it.

Zeke
May 7, 2006, 09:04 PM
Download the glamblur action here:

http://www.atncentral.com/download.htm

It's good stuff, maintain sharpness but you also get a nice blurring.

obeygiant
May 7, 2006, 10:59 PM
Gausian Blur filter

or

black pro mist filter on the lens

redAPPLE
May 8, 2006, 01:07 AM
Before:
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i47/1Llizz/Piccadilly.jpg

After:
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/liam.beardsmore/blythe/Picca2.jpg

This uses a couple of layers with "Soft Light" blending.

Layer 1 :Original image, colour corrected, background blurred.


you lost me there. how did you blur the background, without blurring the doll?

YS2003
May 14, 2006, 07:37 AM
you lost me there. how did you blur the background, without blurring the doll?
I think he masked the doll so that it does not get affected by the Gaussian blur filter.

bartelby
May 15, 2006, 02:23 AM
I think he masked the doll so that it does not get affected by the Gaussian blur filter.

Yep. That's exactly what I did.

gloss
May 15, 2006, 03:12 PM
Exactly the way I do it. Though, depending on the image colour and content I might use something instead of basic 50% opacity. Maybe overlay or hard light.

I'm a fan of overlay. It seems to accomplish the effect with the least impact in terms of color fidelity.

dogbone
May 16, 2006, 10:24 AM
Don't limit yourself to Gaussian Blur though. and extra layer of motion blur at different angles can give a bit more interest to the blur.