photography, as it can lend a dreamy, misty feel to an image.
So first, the “before” shot:
Now we get to work and turn this (fairly) sharp image of a champagne cocktail into something a bit more diffused, using the following method. Note that a lot of the “soft effect” is really driven by the opacity levels – without that, this doesn’t work nearly as well.
- Duplicate layer (Ctrl+J)
- Under filter, use the unsharp mask, set to 150%, 1.5 px radius, and threshold of 10.
- Apply Gaussian blur, radius 10 px.
- Set layer mode to Lighten, opacity to 20%
- Duplicate layer again
- Apply Gaussian blur with radius of 30 px.
- Set layer mode to screen, opacity to 75%
- Under Image –> Adjustments, pick selective color, set to Absolute / Whites to 25% black / Neutrals to 40% black / Blacks to 10% black
- Adjust curves (Ctrl+M to open the curves panel)
- Set layer opacity to 70%
- Flatten image and save.