How Can I Create That "Soft" Look From A Photograph

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Afro1989, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    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? I really love the way it looks and I'd like to create this look with my photos too!

    Thanks to whoever resonds. :)
     
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    Gausian Blur filter
     
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    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)
     
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    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.
     

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    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.
     
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    [​IMG]

     
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    crees!

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    On top of the blurs and opacities don't forget your blend modes!
     
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    What do you mean by that?
     
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    crees!

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    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.
     
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    blend modes are a designers best friend.

    screen is my most used id say.
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    Before:
    [​IMG]

    After:
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    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
     
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    ^^^^^^that Doll Is Up There Is Frrrreeaaakkky
     
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    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.
     
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    or

    black pro mist filter on the lens
     
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    you lost me there. how did you blur the background, without blurring the doll?
     
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    I think he masked the doll so that it does not get affected by the Gaussian blur filter.
     
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    Yep. That's exactly what I did.
     
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    I'm a fan of overlay. It seems to accomplish the effect with the least impact in terms of color fidelity.
     
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    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.
     

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