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The Orton effect

From: Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: The Orton effect

One of the new features in Photoshop Elements 10 is the Orton effect. This effect, invented by photographer Michael Orton, allows you to apply a dreamy, painterly effect to your photos. This cool effect can now be done easily via the Guided Photo Edit feature inside of Photoshop Elements 10. Let's take a look. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my computer. And I'm going to scroll down in my Media Browser to find an image that I think would lend itself to this particular effect.

The Orton effect

One of the new features in Photoshop Elements 10 is the Orton effect. This effect, invented by photographer Michael Orton, allows you to apply a dreamy, painterly effect to your photos. This cool effect can now be done easily via the Guided Photo Edit feature inside of Photoshop Elements 10. Let's take a look. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my computer. And I'm going to scroll down in my Media Browser to find an image that I think would lend itself to this particular effect.

So, you may need to experiment one or two times until you find a photo that will work with this particular effect. In this example, I'm going to use the image called _mg_1019.jpg, and I'm going to come over here to the Fix tab inside of my panel dock, and I'm going to click on the drop down menu and choose Guided Photo Edit. And that'll open this image inside of the Photoshop Elements Editor. In the guided section here, I'm going to scroll down, and you'll see an option called Orton Effect, and that's located right here.

So, I'm going to click on that option, and you can see at the very top, it gives you a little description but it also shows you an example of what this effect does to an image. And you can see that it applies like that dreamy-looking effect to your photo. And what's kind of cool is you can hover your cursor over the image to see the before and then move it out of the photo bounds to see the after effect. So, I think this particular effect would lend itself to this photograph. You know, he's got an intense stare going on here and I just think this might work so let's give it a try.

I'm going to click on the Add Orton Effect button and that's going to apply a default effect to this image. Now, what we can do is using these three sliders, refine the effect to get the desired look that we're going for. So, I'm going to drag the Increase Blur to the right. And as you can see, it's enhancing that blur to this image. And really, what I'm focusing on is his face. At least, in my perspective, I think his face is kind of the focal point here.

So, I don't want to go too far that I'm blurring his face too much. So, I'm going to kind of pull back. I'm going to go to, let's go at about 20 here. And then, you can also increase the noise. So, as we drag the Noise to the right, we're adding some noise to this photo. And once again, you can refine this and adjust it until you see fit. You know, you can go really extreme here, and that may be what you're looking for. But I'm going to pull back a little bit. I'm still want to keep it fairly smooth. I like that dreamy effect. I'm going to go with about 1158 here.

And then, we can refine the Brightness so as we drag the brightness one way or the other, we can change the overall brightness of the image. So, I'm going to go with about 38 here. I really like the look that this is giving the image. And what I might do is come down here to the lower left corner and choose the Before and After Horizontal, so I can kind of see what it looked like before and then what the effect is doing after. This is kind of useful, too, as you refine it. We can increase the blur maybe a little big more because sometimes as this effect is being applied, you can't tell if you're losing detail or if you just never had detail in a particular area. So, I'm just kind of comparing the two and I think that looks pretty good. So, we'll go back to the View drop down menu and choose After Only and that's the effect that we went with.

So, I'm going to click the Done button. And that's going to commit the change. Now, what I'll do is click the x in the upper right corner to close this image and it's going to ask me if I want to save this. So, I'll go ahead and save this. What I've been doing continuously throughout this tutorial is, I've chosen Save Inversion Set With Original. That way, I have a copy of the original that is unedited. So, I'm going to go ahead and keep the layers, because behind the scenes, this effect is actually adding layers to the image.

And I want to make sure that it also shows me this image inside of the Elements Organizer. So, I'll go ahead and click the Save button. And now, we can see that within this image, we have a version set. And if we click on this button, we can see that we have the original untouched version right here. And then, we have the edited version with the new Orton Effect applied. So, although this effect will not be applicable to every single photograph that you try it on, with the right subject manner and composition, this effect can be applied easily to create a fantastic-looking photo.

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