Gaussian Blur

Today, I was experimenting with Gaussian blur on an old self-portrait in Photoshop Elements.  I like this effect.

1)  Duplicate the base picture

2)  Use the Gaussian blur filter and set the radius to about 30 pixels to blur the top layer.

3) Set the blending mode to overlay.

Three steps only!

Self Portrait

4 thoughts on “Gaussian Blur

  1. Victor Rakmil January 12, 2013 / 3:13 pm

    Great shot. This one of my favorite techniques.

  2. James Hodgson January 22, 2013 / 9:35 am

    In the days of film, this was referred to as the “Orton Effect”. I learnt about it from John Gravett at Lakeland Photographic Holidays ( He is a great exponent of the technique.

  3. cranburyatticphotography January 22, 2013 / 7:54 pm

    Hello James.

    Thanks for that. I’ve been doing some very basic film development on my course. Having only really used digital, it’s kind of amazing people did these things on film… I get frustrated by the whole developing process. I expect that one day though, I will go back to the roots! (If that’s still possible by then)

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