Soft And Dreamy – A Photo Treatment Tutorial


One of my amazing team members, Renee, has been kind enough to create a little tutorial for you today!  I love and seems so simple!  She used Photoshop for this tutorial, but usually there are ways you can work it out so that you can do it on Photoshop Elements.  I love this effect she has created!!!

1.  Open your photo.  A good photo with little hair around the face is ideal for this type of treatment.  Do all your photo post production first.   I used a stock image purchased from Shutterstock, but any full face photo will do.

  1.  Duplicate the image and set the blend mode to screen.  Your original will show through and will be the perfect guide for when you start brushing.

  1.   Apply a hide all mask to the top layer.

  1.   Zoom in to your photo and with a soft round brush, set at slightly larger than the facial outlines, make sure to click on the mask and that your foreground color is white, brush opacity 25%.  Start brushing around the facial outline, eyes, mouth and nostrils.  Go over the areas a few times.  Toggle the visibility of the original layer off to see the soft lines start to appear.  Just create clearly seen areas, but don’t go too strong.

  1.  Once you’re happy with the visibility of your outlines, you can toggle the visibility of your original off for the duration of the treatment.  Now increase your brush size and lower the opacity to 18% and start painting the inside of the eyes, eyebrows, mouth and nostrils.  Keep painting until everything is strong and sharp, but try to stay within the outlines.

  1.   Increase the brush size and set the fill opacity to 10% and brush in lightly along the edge of the chin, nose and neck.

  1.  Increase the brush very big and reduce the opacity to 5% and lightly brush over the image.

  2.   Desaturate the image and paint out areas with foreground color black in areas you may thinks is too strong.


  1.   Add a levels adjustment layer, clip it to your black and white layer and slide the white slider to the left until you achieve the desired results.  You want to blow the whites.

  1.   Flatten the image.  Add a solid paper from the kit you want to use and set the blend mode to overlay.

Out of the Ordinary Kit

I hope you enjoyed Renee’s little tutorial!!  Thank you for reading!

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