The Orton effect is visual effect that you can apply to your images to give them a nice glowing appearance. When Michael Orton invented this look, he would take two film slides – one in focus, the other one out of focus – and blend them. Today, applying this effect in Photoshop is quick and easy.
In the video below, Jimmy McIntyre demonstrates how to do it by creating a duplicate of your images layer, setting the right blend mode and applying some Gaussian blur.
Jimmy also shows you how to give a certain tone to the glow in your images and how to cure a typical problem that occurs with the Orton effect: Overexposed highlights.
Check out Jimmy’s blog. He has some great free Photoshop tutorials and some very useful tools in his store.