Tip Thursday: Orton effect

Last week I posted a photo and said I would provide a tutorial for the Orton effect. True to my word here it is.

It is very simple as  post processing goes but you must have a photo editing software that supports layers. ie. Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or Paint shop Pro.

Open the photo in your editor (I find photos with lots of white don’t work well). I am using Photoshop CS3

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Duplicate the layer twice( Windows Ctrl+J)

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On the top layer(Layer 1 Copy) change the blend mode to Screen

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Right click on layer 1 copy and choose merge down (Ctrl+E)

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Duplicate the layer once again

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Then go to Filters>Bur>Gaussian blur

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For an 8 MP camera I use between 15 and 20 radius

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Click OK and change the Blend mode to Multiply

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Merge down once again

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If your photo is too dark you can lower the opacity of the Layer 1 copy but don’t go below 60% or you lose the effect. Try lowering the fill opacity or using levels to brighten it up some

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Once you are happy right click and choose merge visible or use shift+Ctrl+E to merge all layers.

Here is the before

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and the After

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I hope you enjoyed it and find this useful and helpful

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