How do I get this faded, soft effect?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Boots-, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. Boots- macrumors regular

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    #1
    I've always wanted to have a photo that looked like this it's kind of soft and kind of faded. I looked all over but still do not know how to obtain this effect. How do I do this?
     
  2. NathanCH macrumors 65816

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    #2
    Honestly, it looks like a really ugly post-processed depth-of-field effect. Probably just did gaussian blur instead of lens blur. Then they masked out (or masked in) the parts they wanted in focus.
     
  3. MattSepeta macrumors 65816

    MattSepeta

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    #3
    I wouldn't bother trying to mimic photos like that. Its like actively learning to put lipstick on a pig.

    But if you MUST, it looks like they over-smoothed the skin, then selectively gaussian-blurred the top corners.

    But seriously, it is a terrible, really bad no-good trend that is on it's way out the backdoor already.
     

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