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Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop’s Most Powerful Feature by Matt Co-host of the top-rated video podcast Photoshop User TV Kloskowski

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Creating Soft Focus

WITH A LAYER AND A FILTER, IT’S EASY TO CREATE THE EFFECT OF A TRADITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FILTER

I love to re-create the effect of traditional filters used in photography. The main reason is that I don’t have to make the decision about a certain effect when I’m taking the photo. I know I can achieve just as good a result after the fact in Photoshop. That way, I’m not stuck with an effect that I don’t want later.

Step 1: Open a Photo that Would Benefit from a Soft Focus Effect

Start by opening a photo that would look nice if a soft focus filter had been used when you were taking the photo. Not every photo will work for this. It’s probably not good to use a photo of a pair of horses captured neck-and-neck at the finish line. ...

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