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Jessica  A. Eiss
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2006
 

What to set gaussian blur to...


To get the soft blur, what are the settings on gaussian blur do you use? i've tried it in the teens, and it's too much. any suggestions?


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11/24/2006 8:03:15 PM

 
Arlene Krassner
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/2/2006
  Jessica I don't think there is one correct answer to your question. It really depends on the photograph and the effect you are trying to achieve. Start low and push up as need.


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11/25/2006 2:21:33 AM

 
Jessica  A. Eiss
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2006
  Thanks Arlene. I guess I should have specifically related it to portraits. I love some of the soft glow looks of some pics I have seen, but would like to know where to start.


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11/25/2006 6:17:57 AM

 
Jenny D
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2006
  Jessica, if you have photoshop, check out this page... http://www.escrappers.com/photoshopatoz.html
There are SO many great tips on portraits & everything else! Check it out & have fun!
JD~


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11/25/2006 7:33:58 AM

 
Jessica  A. Eiss
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2006
  thanks JD, believe it or not, I have that site already bookmarked, but hadn't been in it for awhile. Thanks for the link again.


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11/25/2006 1:51:32 PM

 
Robyn Gwilt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/15/2005
  Jessica, I'm not sure if you're talking about the softness you get with the 'Orton' effect - there are a few in my gallery if you'd like to look. You can contact me, and I'll email you the 'recipes' I've received and worked with - you just need to fiddle around a bit and find the strength you like - as each pic is different. Alt. if you d/l Picasa from Google - they have a rather nice soft filter which you can move the centre spot (ie to where you want to start the 'softness' from, and you can play around with the 'strength' - its very nice.


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11/25/2006 1:51:39 PM

 
Dennis Flanagan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/31/2005
  Jessica, here is what I was taught.
Creat a background layer, then use the gaussian blur at about 23%, then use the slider bar above the layer pallett to adjust it to your liking. Make sense?


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11/25/2006 1:58:54 PM

 
Jessica  A. Eiss
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2006
  Hi Robyn and Dennis. I'm using PSE 3, and ihave the orton instructions from here bookmarked too. I had a hard time with that one part, that elements doesn't have, but I think the alternate was posted too. I'm not sure I would want to use multiply on some pics though. will need to look at that again.

Dennis, I was hoping some people would just tell me their "magic number" for portraits, that isn't overkill on the blur. I did one myself that was in the teen numbers, and it was too much.
Just looking for other's opinions!
Thanks.

Is it really worth making your own filter using a UV, and putting nail polish on it, other than the center spot, instead of buying a soft filter?

Jess


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11/25/2006 3:42:39 PM

 
Dennis Flanagan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/31/2005
  Jess, that is my "magic" number. Good luck.


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11/25/2006 10:38:18 PM

 
Jessica  A. Eiss
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2006
  Thanks Dennis!


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11/26/2006 6:19:11 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  Hi Jessica. My magic number is 20. Prior to applying the blur, I mask off the eyes, including the lashes, the eyebrows, nostrils and lips, with teeth if they are showing. You may also add in any jewelery that is showing as well. I hope this helps. I've recently started shooting people and have received so much wonderful help from the people here to get my portraits looking great. Hope this helps.
Margie


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11/26/2006 7:04:58 AM

 
Jessica  A. Eiss
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2006
  thanks Margie, I'm going to have to try this again.


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11/26/2006 7:14:49 AM

 
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