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Use The Orton Effect To Add a Soft Focus Glow

Monday, July 14th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Digital Photography, Photo Editing

I’m going to show you how to add the Orton Effect to your images using Photoshop. The Orton Effect adds a dreamy, glowing, misty effect to photos. It was originally created by Michael Orton for use with film images. Of course, these days, we can achieve the same effect with Photoshop with a lot less work.

Many people see it as a special effect that you add to photos from time to time, but you can use it more than that if applied properly. The key is to use is subtly and only on selected areas of the image. Most of the time, you won’t even notice it’s there. And, of course, that’s the whole idea.

Let’s open up Photoshop and start with the image below.

If you’re working with just one layer, we’ll want to to duplicate layer to apply the Orton Effect. On a Mac hit your Command Key + J. In Windows hit the Ctrl key + J.

Now we can proceed and create the Orton Effect. Since we know I’m better as showing than telling, just click here to to watch my video. I’ll show you how to apply the effect and the best way to incorporate it into your workflow.

I’ve also got a set of actions for you to download to make it even easier.  Click here to download.

You can always find great tips and my fine art nature photography at my other website,

~ Steve

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2 Responses to “Use The Orton Effect To Add a Soft Focus Glow”

  1. Julie LaPoint says:

    Thanks so much for the great actions and the video – it’s really helpful! Also, I love your photographs!

  2. Don says:

    Nice video for Adobe. I am retired and cannot afford Adobe but have Serif Photoplus X8… nice to see some demonstrations in it.

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