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July 08, 2010

Photoshop Tip: Image Pop Blur / Overlay Effect





Touch image for a before and after "Mouse Over" effect.

This is one of those tricks most of you already know, but for those who don't, you're gonna love it.

This is a simple trick that will make those light or over saturated images pop.  Let's get started.

Open an image you feel needs some help.
Now, duplicate your picture either by dragging it to the "Create New
Layer" icon next to the trash can at the bottom of your Layers Panel
or hitting "Ctrl + J" on the keyboard.

Next we're gonna apply "Gaussian Blur" (Filter/Blur/Gaussian Blur)
now set the "Radius" slider to 4.0.  Blurry isn't it?
 Now go to the "Layers Palette" and change the "Blending Mode" from
"Normal" to "Overlay."  What a difference!
I sometimes adjust the "Opacity" level, and as seen here I set it at 80%.

If you look at the before and after, you can see that this method makes
the light tones lighter and the dark tones darker while softening it.
Sometimes applying a higher percentage of "Gaussian Blur" along with a
higher "Overlay" percentage gives a dreamier effect.

That's it, hope it was fun.



31 comments:

Shantel Elise said...

I love this! Thank you so much. This is a tool that I have used before, but I sometimes forget how simple and effective it is!I would love to hear any more of your tips.

You do wonderful work, and I am grateful for your generosity in sharing it!

Ann said...

a quick and simple technique that can make a world of difference. Yours looks fabulous

Anonymous said...

Yes, I love you. :)

Country Girl said...

Thanks for the tip, Jerry. I didn't know this one.
Beautiful colors in the peacock.

Kathleen said...

Hi Jerry, I've been playing about with PSE5 for some time now and use the blending modes quite a lot. I don't think I've ever used the Gaussian blur and a blend mode together before. It makes for a far more dramamtic effect doesn't it? Thanks for the tip! Kathleen.

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [08 Jul 12:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Kelly Marszycki said...

will give this a go -- have used the orton effect before but that's usually with gaussian and multiply -- thanks for sharing!

Angie said...

Thanks for the great tip!! Can't wait to try it.

Tricia said...

Great tip! I have never tried that method. Thanks.

chasity said...

thanks....i've never tried this tool.
and it was lots of fun to put the mouse off and on the photo :)
before.after.before.after.

thanks for all your wonderful sharing.

Sim said...

Hello Jerry!
Thank you very much for this good tip!
I'll trie it today!
XXX Sim.

Kayshine said...

Thank you again for your tutorial. They are always well written with great images.

Jody said...

Another great tip! Keep them coming! LOL

I love these simple little tips that bring such great results. Learning all that Photoshop can do is something I could never learn in a lifetime. Your tips really help me.

Anonymous said...

Great tip! Thank you!

Jessica

Sylvia Cook Photography said...

Great tips as always!
Now how about sharing how you do the mouse over before and afters on the blog?
I'd love to do this occasionally on mine too.

Caroline said...

Ohhhh that is a good trick! Now what about a slight curves adjustment? Will that do the same? Just curious?

Jerry Jones said...

Caroline;
Curve adjustments, certainly one of my fave tools, and seems to be overlooked among the tools.

Curve adjustments would get close, but using the overlay and blur together can give a nice dreamy effect.

Jerry Jones said...

Sylvia,
I'll take that into consideration, so keep an eye out.

Jan said...

Thanks for the tip Jerry, great effect. Have just tried it with Soft light which works well on some portraits. Also just downloaded 8 of your beautiful textures. Thanks agian.

Maryvel Friesen said...

Thank you so much for sharing this tip with us, it is AMAZING what a difference it makes! I used it right away for one the blog hops I participate weekly and of course gave you the proper credit! Check it out if you have a minute! Again, THANK YOU so very much for your awesome generosity!

Anonymous said...

Who knew?? Thank you for sharing this tip with everyone. I look forward to trying this out on lots of my pictures.

Kat's World said...

Just wanted to say thanks for this great tutorial. I've just discovered your site and have added myself as a follower. I am amazed by your generosity...thanks again.

-------------------- said...

Just to say thank you for everything you do to help us...is pure random acts of kindness in my book. :))

RuthP said...

Thanks Jerry for your tutorials. I have recently got hooked on image manipulation. With this technique, does the size of the image affect the radius of the Gaussian blur please?

Jerry Jones said...

RuthP,

Not that I've noticed, I work with large images mostly and haven't had any problems using this effect.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the tutorials, very appreciated.

Anonymous said...

I really appreciate all the help I can get with PS...thanks a million,.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this tutorial.

Agatha said...

I love this effect thanks so much!!!

flutterbydragonfly said...

This technique made an immediate (and much better looking) difference in the image I tried it on. Thanks Jerry!

Anonymous said...

You ROCK!!! Thank you so much for your amazing site and willing spirit to share with the rest of us :)

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