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Orton Effect in Photoshop

Posted on 6th March 2019
For this tutorial, you will need a Landscape image to apply the effect to.

1 - In Photoshop, open the image you chose.

2 - Go to Layer > New > Layer from Background… and name the new layer “Base”.

3 - Create a Second “Layer from Background” on top of everything and name it “Details”.

4 - Hide the “Details” layer by clicking on the small eye icon on the left side of its Thumbnail.

5 - Select the “Details” layer, right-click on top of its Thumbnail and choose “Convert to Smart Object”.

6 - Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and use a 3 Pixels “Radius”.

7 - With the “Base” Layer still selected go to the “Adjustments Panel” and create a “New Brightness & Contrast Adjustment Layer”. Increase the “Brightness” to about 6 and the “Contrast” to 26.

8 - Turn the “Details” layer back On and convert it to a “Smart Object”.

9 - Go to Filter > Other > High Pass… and use a 1.5 Pixels “Radius”.

10 - Change the “Blending Mode” of the “Details” layer to “Soft Light”.

11 - Your image should be similar to this.

by @lornacane

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