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How to create the Orton effect in Photoshop

November 14, 2009 by  
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The Orton effect is named after Michael Orton, who first used it and described it using a positive film. Today we can create a similar effect in Photoshop.

The Orton effect is used to create a very soft and diffused image where the colors really pop up.

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Open the image in Photoshop and make a duplicate of the image by sliding the layer in the Layers Panel (Palette) to the new layer icon at the bottom of the panel or by going to the menu bar: Layer> Duplicate Layer.

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Then go to the blending mode on top of the Layers Panel and change the blending mode to Screen.

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This makes your image a little over exposed. Go to the menu bar: Layer> Merge Down

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Now you have to make a new copy of this image by sliding the layer in the Layers Panel (Palette), to the new layer icon at the bottom of the panel, or by going to the menu bar: Layer> Duplicate Layer.

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Now lets go to the filter menu: Blur> Gaussian Blur.

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In the dialog box use a Radius setting of 5.0 pixels, depending on the size of your picture. The image has to be blurred and you should not see any details.

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Then go to the blending mode on top of the Layers Panel and change the blending mode to Multiply.

If the effect is very strong you can lower the opacity and you can also go to levels or curves if you need to improve the contrast.

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Not every image is suitable to work with the Orton effect, you must experiment with different images to find out what works better for your own taste.

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