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:

  1. 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!

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

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  3. AnonymousJuly 08, 2010

    Yes, I love you. :)

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

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  5. 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.

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  6. AnonymousJuly 08, 2010

    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

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

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

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

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  10. 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.

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

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

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  13. 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.

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  14. AnonymousJuly 09, 2010

    Great tip! Thank you!

    Jessica

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  15. 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.

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

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  17. 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.

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

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  19. 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.

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  20. 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!

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  21. AnonymousJuly 14, 2010

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

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  22. 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.

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

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  24. 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?

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  25. RuthP,

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

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  26. Thank you for the tutorials, very appreciated.

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

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  28. Thanks for this tutorial.

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  29. I love this effect thanks so much!!!

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

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  31. AnonymousJuly 19, 2012

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

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