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09/26/2005 10:20:15 PM · #1
I'm editing some wedding photos I took this weekend and would like to try some different effects on them. Can anyone point me to a filter (preferably free) that gives a soft, almost dreamy look to the image? I don't know of any specific examples to demonstrate, but it seems to be a common treatment.

Thanks!
09/26/2005 10:26:26 PM · #2
Craig's Actions has several actions in the Productivity One Package to enhance portraits.

//www.craigsactions.com/index.html

//www.craigsactions.com/index.html
09/26/2005 10:35:15 PM · #3
lots of great (free) actions at Action Central and at Adobe Studio Exchange.

Virtual Photographer has some very cool effects, too.

Message edited by author 2005-09-26 22:38:43.
09/26/2005 10:37:20 PM · #4
Virtual photographer has a bunch or two of different effects.

09/26/2005 10:39:18 PM · #5
Rather than a canned action, do it manually, you'll be much more in control of the results. The basic workflow is:

- Duplicate base layer
- Gaussian blur duplicate layer, 4-8px
- Reduce opacity of blurred layer, to 30-45%
- Add layer mask to blurred layer, gently mask eyes and lips to bring sharpness back in. Use a feathered brush at reduced opacity.

You can also try two blur layers at two radii. Fart around with different radii to see what works best.

09/26/2005 10:43:50 PM · #6
Originally posted by kirbic:

Fart around with different radii to see what works best.


need more fart.
09/26/2005 10:45:34 PM · #7
Originally posted by shadow:

Originally posted by kirbic:

Fart around with different radii to see what works best.


need more fart.


No, believe me when I say, I don't need more fart! :-P

Message edited by author 2005-09-26 22:58:33.
09/27/2005 12:46:40 AM · #8
A lot of free actions here. Three that look likely are "glamor blur", "edgarian blur", and "Dave's ethereal glow"; for a rollover demo of the latter (a wedding shot no less), click here and mouse over the photo.

That "Dave's" action has a number of user-customizable steps, including the setting of a mask with a soft brush as outlined by Kirbic, I believe.

Robt.
09/27/2005 09:59:25 AM · #9
Thanks everyone
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