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It has been a while since my last post on using texture to enchance your image. Today, i would like to share with you how to utilize Photoshop High Pass filter to bring out the outline and 3D-ness of the image at the same time sharpen the overall image quality.

Why not use Unsharp Mask? well, on a personal note, Unsharp Mask sharpen everything, this includes bringing up noises in the picture. While High Pass work on the edge(outline) of the picture thus it provides the right kind of sharpening suitable to my work.

So, shall we start…. Here’s the original photo of my friend from Johor who visited Penang recently.

Lets open the picture in Photoshop.

Lets duplicate the layer, have the duplicated layer on top of the original layer.

Next, with the layer still selected, go to Filter, then select Other, follow by High Pass.

At the High Pass menu, move the slider to between 2~8 pixels. This is up to you, my personal preference is 8. You can always apply and check, if you dont like it, start again. 🙂

Now that you had applied the High Pass filter, lets make some adjustment with the layer properties. First, lets change the property ‘Normal‘ to either Hard Light or Soft Light. There’s no right or wrong here, try it out and see which one work for you. For me i prefer Soft Light.

Oh, one more thing, you can also adjust the slider to change the opacity of the effect. If i use Soft Light, i will usually leave the opacity to 100%.

So, here is the result. Try it out yourself. 🙂


Ok, time for another photoshop tutorial…..Open an image you like to enhance.

andrea_texture_b4Open up a texture file in Photoshop, drag the texture layer into the image above. Resize the texture layer to cover the whole image.Picture1This is where the magic happens. Lets change the blend mode of the layer in the layers palette. Blend modes change how one layer interacts with the layer below it. In this case we’ll start with multiply.Picture3

That’s how the picture look like now. Let try another blend mode.Picture4We will use Overlay as the new blend more now, this will help to lighten up the image. You can always adjust the opacity if you think the image is too bright after the blend more changed.. Next , duplicate a new layer image of the original image and stack it on top of the texture image. Change the blend mode to Soft Light and Opacity to 80%. This will help to tone down the final image.

Picture5You can stop here, but to make this more fun, lets import another tecture file into the working canvas.

Picture6Move the 2nd texture layer in between the duplicated image and the 1st texture file. Change the blend mode to Overlay and the opacity to 50%. (make the adjustment to see which % suits you the most)Picture7

And finally, i had added a Colour Balance adjustment layer and a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to remove the yellow and redness of the image. Of course this is totally up to you…

Picture8This is the final image.




in my previous post, we tested the Orton effect using 2 layers, today, we try out the effect using a 3 layers.

Here’s the before image.


And here’s the after image.


here’s the steps by steps.

Open an image. Create 2 copies of the image from the original.

Picture1Now, lets create Levels from  Layer -> New Adjustment Layer -> Levels

Picture2Level window will pop up, move the middle dial to the left (input levels : 2) to create the overexposed look. Next duplicate the adjustment layer and arrange it in same way as before. (look like the pic below)

Picture3Next, select the top image layer, go to Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur. In the Gaussian Blur window, select Radius : 20 pixels. This will give us the blur effect in Orton effect.

Picture4Next, to keep sharpness in certain places / image, we will now use layer mask to do this. Again, select the top layer image, click on the “add Vector mask” on the bottom of the layer window (left photo), icon #2 from the left.

Select a brush with a fairly large size, select opacity to 50%. Now go back to your Layer Window (bottom left), click on the white layer mask next to you image (circled in red)


Before you starts painting in the image, make sure black is selected as your foreground colour (highlighted in red). Selecting the black as foreground will remove the mask while selecting white will add on mask. Hoped this help 🙂

Picture7Once you are done, we are ready to do Combination,  goto your Layer window, select the top most layer and press CTRL+G (create clipping mask), do that for the first 3 layers (like pic below on right hand side, circled in yellow)

Picture5The end result look like this. You can alaways use flatten but with this, one can always go back and work on it.

Picture8At this point, go to Layer window, select the image layer (no#4 from the top), change the blending mode to Multiply and leave the opacity to 100%. And you are all done 🙂


As you can see, the background(tree, branches, the building at the left) has the kind of blur effect to it because when i use layer mask, i had only removed the mask within the Rock Shop to keep the sharpness in the Rock Shop.



The Orton Effect is named after Michael Orton who first used the technique is a sandwich of two images, one in focus the other out of focus. Freeman Patterson and Andre Gallant have both used the technique successfully in their work as well.

So today, we will try and explore this technique in digital photo. I have the below image ready in black & white.


Right-click on the background layer in the layers palette and select Duplicate layer. With the duplicate layer selected choose Image > Apply Image, select the Screen blend mode and click Ok.


Duplicate this layer and set its blend mode to Multiply. Doing so has the effect of cancelling out the lightening effect from applying the Screen mode. With this topmost layer still selected apply a blur to it using Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.


Adjust the blur Radius to your choice of value – I used 5 but choose the best for your image.


here’s the final image.


lets compare before and after


Check out my latest post on Orton 3 layer effect.