Apply ORTON effect with Photoshop.
From the name of the photographer who developed it, this effect gives to a photograph a vaporous and saturated color, a surprising result.
In picture film, the photographer Michael Orton superimposes two images of the same scene: the first with a sharp focus, the second with a soft focus. The result is an airy feeling and saturated colors of the prettiest effect.
Digitally, it is possible to achieve the same thing from a single photo! This is what we will try to do in Photoshop with this tutorial.
Preparation of photo
- Once your photo is found, open photoshop then minimize it if necessary.
- Go to Image > Image size (and depending on the initial size set a percentage reduction by 65% of original size).
Creating the Orton effect
- Duplicate the original layer of photo (Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer)
- Repeat the operation to have 3 layers, one below will only serve as a backup.
- Spread the top layer in Overlay mode :
- Select the top layer and "mode" (on the Layers window), choose the blending mode superposition
- Make a click on the last layer, then the menu Layer > Merge below (CTRL + E)
- This will merge the layer with the one located just below. You now have two layers.
- On the top layer, right click and choose "Duplicate Layer".
- We will now make the top layer blur.
- Make sure it is selected in the Layers window, then the main menu, choose Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur.
- The intensity of the blur will depend on the size of your image.
- Adjust the blur radius to make it strong enough so that the outlines of objects are still visible, but not the details.
- Several tests will surely necessary. Also, some pictures lend themselves more to style than others.
- Change the blending mode of this layer (the one above) "Product".
- Once that is done, you can adjust the opacity of that layer, and come with overexposure levels if you want the shortcut Ctrl + L (or Image > Adjustments > Levels).
- Then save the image, then compare the two and enjoy the results.
- Original photo
- Photo with the ORTON effect
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