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.

 

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

 

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Next, select Filters>Blur>Guassian Blur.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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23 Comments

  1. great tip. thanks for the website

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  2. Easy do to, strong do show, that's the cat´s jump.

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

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  4. 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.

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

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  6. THANK YOU !!!!!! LOVE THE TIPS !!!!!

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

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  8. God ALLMIGHTY THANK YOU!!

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  9. Incredible tutorials my friend!!!! love your work!!!! keep on going

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

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

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  13. @jrew,
    I used some subtle color overlays and vignetting.

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

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

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  16. thank you Alex

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  17. 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.

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  18. 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.

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

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  22. very nice & thank u so much for ur tutorials .u are an awesome person

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

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