Tag: Soft focus

Soft focus effects are popular in portrait photography but they can also work well in landscapes and other kinds of imagery where you want to create a romantic, ethereal look.

There are many different ways of creating a soft focus look. In a regular image editor like Photoshop or Affinity Photo, you can combine a blurred image layer with the original using blend modes and layer opacity, for example, but if you’re using all-in-one editing/effects programs like Luminar, ON1 Photo RAW or Alien Skin Exposure, you’ll find soft focus tools built in.

Alternatively, you can use a plug-in suite like the Google Nik Collection, which has a multitude of ways of adding a soft focus or glow effect to your pictures.



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