The Orton Effect!

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We are using our Kreative juices today. Let's make some ART!

The Orton Effect is easy and simple to use. I have broken the directions down using shortcuts.

Duplicate your image twice. Ctrl J
Change the top layers blend mode to screen.
Merge your screen layer down. Ctrl E
Duplicate your new image Ctrl J
On your new top layer Go to Filters, Blur, Gas Blur. Don't be afraid to blur! Blur until the shapes are still visible but the details are all gone.
Now change the blend mode on that layer to multiply.
Ctrl, Shift, Alt, E to combine your layers into one new image. Now, do a levels adjustment. Ctrl L

TIP: if you are using this effect on a portrait. After you finish, use Ctrl, Shift, Alt, E to combine your kreation on it's own layer. Now delete your screen and multiply layers and use either a layer mask or your easer to bring the eyes back in sharp. If you find your effect to to overwhelming... lower the opacity of your combination layer until you like it. :)

If you would like to see what others have done with this effect or share your image with us, please feel free to visit...
kimi's Kreative homework #11.

This can be used alone or I use it lots of times on Portraits and mask back in the areas that I want to stay sharp. I do hope you give it a try. It gives almost a painted look.


DawnS said…
Kimi...we are all just sick over your sad news and you are in our thoughts over at the JS forum. I know it sounds like someone just died, but in a way I guess it's like that. Good luck getting everything back...keep us posted. We're sending good thoughts your way!
Anonymous said…
Very cool Kimi,
I just tried it and it turned out really cool. Thank you for the tips.
And sorry about the EHD.
Aloha, Sarah
SusanD said…
This effect is just wonderful! Thank you! I am so sorry about your computer. How can I be so happy with your generous sharing and excited to try it when you computer is sick?
paws said…

Thanks so much for your tutorials. Love the effect of this one.

So sorry about your hard drive!
Heather said…

Throwing my arms for a huge hug while keeping the fingers crossed that all will be recovered.

LOVE this tutorial. I'll send you my homework result later. ;)
Heather said…
My latest post features your tutorial - check it out! And thanks for the great tips.
Dawn said…
Big Hugs going toward you!!
Laurie said…
You have such cool tutorials on your blog, Kimi! I can't wait to try out some. Hope that you are able to recover your EHD. :)
Jana said…
Love this Kimi! I remember when you posted that last summer but I wasn't "advanced" enough to try it. Now I think I will for sure!TFS!
I sure hope you get a full recovery!
lynne said…
Thanks for the Orton Effect tutorial. Your example is gorgeous!
Becky said…
Kimi, this is a very cool effect!! I'll be back for more. Thank you!
Joanie said…
Wow... Kimi... this is my new favorite effect!!! Your instructions are flawless. I feel like I must be cheating to get such wonderful results without all the work. THANK YOU SO MUCH for this wonderful tutorial! See my page
kharman said…
This effect is great, im pretty basic when it comes to photoshop but managed to use the orton effect on a couple of my images and will be back to check out moremof your ideas.
robert said…
Kim, Wonderful Tut, I love the shortcuts as they save sooo much time. Your barn pic is beautifully composed and so romantic looking.

If you don't own Topaz "Adjust", download it from Topaz for a 30 day trial. It is only about $50.00 and what it can do to color balance and sharpening is awesome.
Regards, Bob

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