For today's adaptation, I'm not going to single out any one particular tutorial because there are many good ones, and they're all a bit different. If you want the Photoshop method, I advise you to do what I did, and google it.
So, here we go.
Like I said, most of the tutorials I found differed in slight ways, but rely on the same basic things: having an overexposed layer blurred and blended with the original photograph. The blending is where the differences occur, and I'll discuss them in a minute.
- First, make 2 copies of the background layer. You can rename them if that helps you. I left them as Background copy and Background copy #1.
- Set Background copy #1 to Screen mode. Merge the newly overexposed layer down. This gives you your overexposed layer.
- You should now just have 2 layers: Background and Background copy.
- Click Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. You'll want to experiment with different blur radii to find the one that suits you best. Click the RLE method radio button and OK.
- Change Background copy to Multiply. Here's where the different tutorials diverge. Most use multiply, but to achieve a lighter or darker effect, you could choose the Soft or Hard light modes. I'd say it's a matter of artistic taste, and to go with whatever looks good to you. I used multiply for this tutorial.
- The final step is to change Background copy layer opacity. Again, this is a matter of taste. I used 82% for this tutorial.
Here's the before and after:
You can also experiment with the dodge and burn tools on the top layer to achieve different levels of brightness or darkness. Be creative!
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