How To Create A Dreamy Orton Effect by Jimmy McIntyre

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.

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3 replies
  1. farbspiel
    farbspiel says:

    Why are you do negative, guys? It’s a short video with at least two interesting tricks in it: Creating the Orton effect and quickly controlling highlights.

    If you have any specific questions beyond saying that it’s bad, feel free to ask.



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