Quick Tips: Image Softening

Quick Tips: Image Softening


As with many of the other tips in this series, this tutorial adds a last minute “kick” to an architectural illustration. What is nice about this process is that the contrast is increased, but at the same time, the sharpness is decreased providing an interesting final outcome.




Begin by opening the image in Photoshop. The original image that I will be using is below.






Right click on the image layer and choose “Duplicate.”






Next, select Filters>Blur>Guassian Blur.






The amount of blur is dependent on the size of the image and your own preference.






Once the blur is applied, set the layer blend mode to “Overlay.”






Adjust the opacity of the layer if the effect is too strong.






  • Benjamin

    great tip. thanks for the website


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  • Ritsoz

    again awesome tips, great help for architectural students like me :)

  • Babak

    Thanks for your great tutorials Alex. Would you please explain or put a tutorial of how you made the grass in above photos. i severely need it, specially for huge site plans.

  • gus

    wonderfull men…!!!! only the master of the busy students in architecture..!!! sensei miyagi…!!!!:)

  • Jenn

    THANK YOU !!!!!! LOVE THE TIPS !!!!!

  • tmskim

    very nice! been wondering how this is done for a while. so easy yet effective :)

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  • rhez kun

    awesome. .just by simple step. .we got the nice result

  • jrew

    How did you get the colors to be like that on the original image?

  • Alex Hogrefe

    I used some subtle color overlays and vignetting.

  • cameron

    bro your tutorials are so helpful. Would love to see more landscape graphic processing and section cuts and section elevations

  • Erick Maldonado

    You are an awesome person… thanks for your time!!!

  • nghiatran991

    thank you Alex

  • david aimes

    you've made the picture look over contrasted with too much green and even some of the architectural details are lost. this did not help the photo whatsoever.

  • http://imagengraphics.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/royalty-free-images/ Andrew

    These are wonderful tips for image softening that will be useful to me. I am learning Photoshop and it is interesting and there is a lot of things to do. It is a wonderful experience and I am trying to implement it. Your tutorial has helped me and thanks for this interesting tip. Keep providing useful tips.

  • Adam

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  • ap

    Thanks for sharing your tutorials!!! Effective and easy to follow!

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  • Justyna

    Great … this trick made my render beautiful ! Thanks a lot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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