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Photoshop Finishing Touches by Education and Curriculum National Association of Photoshop Professionals Senior Developer, Dave Cross

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Technique #50. Soft Focus

This technique adds a nice, soft focus (or dreamy focus) to a photo.

key concepts:

filters

layer masks

Here’s the original photo I used.

Step One.
Press Command-J (PC: Control-J) to duplicate the Background layer. From the Filter menu, choose Blur>Gaussian Blur and enter a Radius that’s high enough to blur the details (use a number that’s a little higher than you think you should use).

Step Two.
Lower the opacity ...

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