Techie Tip of the Week: Photoshop – Adding Soft Focus to Portraits

Have a portrait or a photograph of a person or object you want to emphasize without overdoing it? Adding a soft-focus to the photo can be the difference between a flat, boring photo, and one that evokes warmth and interest.

Soft Focus

Demonstration of applying soft focus to a photo

Example of Adding Soft Focus to a Portrait

To add soft focus in Photoshop:

  1. Open the photograph in Photoshop.
  2. Create a duplicate layer by using the keyboard shortcut CTRL-J (Windows) / Command-J (Mac).
  3. In Layers, click Layer 1.
  4. On the Filter menu, point to Blur, and select Lens Blur. Click OK.
  5. In Layers, change the Opacity of Layer 1 to the desired amount of soft focus (e.g., 50%).
  6. On the Image menu, point to Adjustments, and select Hue/Saturation. Increase the Saturation to make the colors “pop” (e.g., +50). Click OK.

Note the soft focus on your photo!

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