Smooth Overlay Effect

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1.] To start with, choose an image of your choice.
I chose the lovely Kate Hudson.
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2.] Now duplicate your layer. Layer>>Duplicate.

3.] Next, go to Filter>>Blur>>Gaussian Blur.
I put my settings to 1.6. Anywhere between 1.5 and 2.0 is fine.

4.] Next go to Layer>>Properties. Now set the blend mode to Overlay.

5.] Final Product:

User posted image

pretty easy huh?

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yay i love it :3

By AutumnSky on Jun 15, 2008 3:08 am

This is super simple and quick, and turns out nice. I love it. Thanks!

By dotaquote on Apr 16, 2008 6:47 pm

umm i tried doing this and it didnt work is it cause i used photoshop cs3 ??? T-T

By mzkinkyz17 on Apr 3, 2008 8:57 am

niice!! thanks♥

By missk on Jan 7, 2008 11:47 am

simple but awesome. thank you :)

By twodreamlovers on Aug 5, 2007 11:59 pm

i like it. the picture came out nice

By ShaBen on Jul 2, 2007 3:04 pm

I've lving all these simple but GREAT turtorials. Thankyou :]

By ladydesire on Jun 20, 2007 12:55 am

umm, i can't find the last step where it says "Layer>Properties" also the images dont show up for me.....

By hxc-mtsjjj on Apr 29, 2007 12:13 pm

great tutorial!!!so once you are all done, what is the best "save setting" to keep the picture at it's best quality when you save the image?

By o0joy0o on Jan 9, 2007 10:35 am

nice...i'll keep this tut in mind...

By GrindNonstop on Jan 8, 2007 6:46 pm
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Submitted on Dec 1, 2006
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