Photoshop technique - 'Paradise Effect'

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  1. mal

    mal TPF Noob!

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    Hi, I thought you guys might be interested on a Photoshop technique I stumbled across recently. It's known as the Paradise Effect, and gives you deep, smooth colour and saturation. This works best of lighter images, with a fairly even colour balance.

    Here's how:

    1) Convert the background into a layer
    2) Duplicate the layer
    3) Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur (radius=2.0)
    4) Set layer mode to 'Overlay'

    Here's an example of the effect it has:

    Without Paradise Effect
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    With Paradise Effect
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  2. mentos_007

    mentos_007 The Freshmaker!

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    hmm that's interesting! I've to try this one :)
     
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    wow nice affect.....looks like your using a polariser...:)
     
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    Just tried it...it really does make images look really good...although seems like its the contrast turned WAY up lol
     
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    Yeah, it only works for certain pics, and you get a very stylised look, but when you find a pic that it suits, the effect can be really striking. As with everything like this, it's worth playing around with things like the radius of the gaussian blur to vary the effect.
     
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    Wow, I got this one to work. :D That's very dramatic and interesting.
     
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    Also try setting the blend mode to "screen". You might need to adjust the opacity to dull the effect a bit.
     
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    loopy Brave little froggy...

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    Soft Light is another layer mode, however its not so contrasty.

    Try playing around with the opacity too.
     
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    As the background, the layer is locked (as indicated by the padlock icon). You can doubleclick on the layer and click ok to turn it into a normal layer. That step isn't necessary as you can just duplicate the layer and apply the blending mode and gaussian blur to the new layer.
     
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    I've tried this technique before and here's the results from a recent attempt. Thanks for the tip!

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    i'm going to have to use this rather than just turning the contrast way up.
     

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