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Orton Effect Tutorial by KobraPhotography Orton Effect Tutorial by KobraPhotography
This is my first tutorial, so let me know what you think!

Please comment with links to your deviations submitted using this amazing technique!




Thanks everyone for all the features and favourites! I never would've thought a tutorial would end up being one of my most popular deviations. I appreciate all the support!
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fatofotofan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
woww thank you
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ple7 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank you very much for a great tutorial!
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Aenyeth Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Thank you very much for the tutorial :)

I used it to create this:
aenyeth.deviantart.com/art/For…
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JCharpQc Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Merci! I will try it out in the near futur.
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prabinum Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
thanks for the tuts man! liked it.
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KobraPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome! :)
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tamiiland Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I like how you introduced the Effect at the beginning; I just clicked this tutorial out of curiosity, so the little explanation came very in handy! Also, you're enormously clear and easy to understand. Thank you for this! I'm itching to try this technique, now. (;
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seeddings Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
I used this for this photo:
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It was so easy to understand and I love the effect. Thanks!
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shoggard3 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
It was really nice. I was working on a picture of one of my friends. I don't usually like when things get blurry since it would hurt my eyes, but I was also trying out a couple of other tutorials at the same time and this just added the icing to the cake. :)
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Infinitystars Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Thank you so much for making this tutorial! I only have photoshop elements, so for step two I was originally stuck, but I just went {Enhance - Levels}, and it gave the same effect. Loved this tutorial because it's simple and easy to understand :D
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KobraPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad you found it useful despite being limited by Elements. :D
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TheFulkrum Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
:|

I JUST finish touching up 7 waterfall photographs, blurring like crazy and crying because they weren't looking like the 'rest of those guys out there'...

...and then YOU come along.

This is brilliant. Thank you very much. Many people [including myself] don't know the name, let alone the method. Excellent job. I suggest making more tutorials. :) [Hint: how to get smooth everlasting colourful HDR skies...just a thought]

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KobraPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad I could make an impact like that! :D I'm especially glad you found this and are now able to get the effect you're looking for.

As for the HDR skies tutorial request... Show me some examples from my gallery (or even other galleries) and explain in better detail exactly what it is you want me to explain what to do.

I enjoy writing tutorials because, believe it or not, it helps me learn more about what I'm doing - or perhaps look at what I do from a different perspective and figure out an easier way to achieve the same effect (as was the case with this very tutorial). And of course, I like to help out the community too, so it's win-win!
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TheFulkrum Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
Answer = your notes! :)

Thank you again.
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Senelfy Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I think this can be so useful to me! I've been looking for this effect for so long ^-^ Thanks!
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KobraPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You're much welcome, my friend! :D Glad I could help!!

Thanks for the :+fav: and remember to give me a link sometime so I can see how you use this tutorial. I'm interested in seeing your results! :)
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Senelfy Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think your tutorial is amazing, but I do have a problem ^^;
I have Photoshop Elements.. And I really can't find the thing I need to do in step 2. I have this a lot with tutorials, which sucks, because I really want to learn. So, I'm not sure if it's possible in my program to take this step.
Do you think I could still try to get the effect, maybe in another way?
Well, thanks for your help anyway :)
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KobraPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for your compliments. Honestly, I have never ever used Photoshop Elements, therefore I am unfamiliar with what it can and cannot do. I stick to the full version myself. If you want to follow tutorials and learn more about photo editing, I strongly encourage upgrading to Photoshop CS4.

As for the time being, if you can work with layers and do stuff such as the gaussian blur and change layer blending, then you might have a chance to achieve a similar looking effect as this, yet probably not to the same extent. To the untrained eye, it will still look like the Orton Effect. ;)

Try this, considering you have these options:

1) Decrease the contrast by -50
2) Duplicate the layer
3) Do the gaussian blur as described in my tutorial
4) Set the blending mode on the top layer to "overlay"
5) Increase the contrast on the top layer by +25

I have just tested this method on my own, and the results are close, although the method described in my actual tutorial retains more details in the highlights. You could try adjusting shadows/highlights first before doing any of the 5 steps I just explained, only reducing highlights alone and not touching the shadows, and you might keep more details.

Let me know how this goes for you. Good luck, my friend! :D
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Senelfy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for explaining this to me!
I'm not sure if it's very different from the "original" Orton Effect, but I sure love the effect this gives! :)
I used it in this artpiece: [link]

Thank you again! I've been looking for ages to get an effect like this, and now I finally found it :) I can't tell how happy that makes me! ^-^
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KobraPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You're so welcome! :)
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seacebedo Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
awesome!!
yeah, this technique is WAY better than what i was doing
i was just duplicating the layer, blur, then decrease opacity
lol
thanks for the tutorial!
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KobraPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL, glad you like it. Be sure to leave a comment or send me a note when you submit something using this technique. I'd love to see what you come up with! :D
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seacebedo Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
will do brotha!
you'll prolly see something pretty soon :)
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PhotoLust Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
This tutorial has been collected in *PhotoLust's favs gallery and will be featured in the journal for the month of August. Thanks for writing such a useful tutorial :)
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KobraPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you very much!! please note me when the journal is posted, i'd like to check it out! :D
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KobraPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
heh, guess i was too late - it's already there! =P

thanks again!!
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l0stSnyPr Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008
wo0o0o! Cheers man!
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KobraPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for the :+fav:
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l0stSnyPr Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008
np.
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BladedDragon Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice effect, to show you what I did with your instructions I posted this

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I think it turned out rather well
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KobraPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
great job! i really like it!! thank you very much for your comment, the :+fav: and thanks for sharing how you used the tutorial! :D Today I uploaded a Photoshop action as well which will automate this process for you, if you're so interested. [link]
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Wessonnative Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
Excellent tutorial. I use this method frequently for my images, depending on whether or not this effect will enhance the image. Here's one of the images in my Gallery that shows how I apply this method: [link]
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KobraPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful! i love it :D

it sure it quite the effect isn't it?
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Wessonnative Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
Thanks! Yes, it's a great effect. I find that most people either love it or hate it. There doesn't seem to be much middle ground with this effect. I like it, but I use it with discretion. There are times to use it and there are times not to use it. Overall, it's one of the most useful tools in my digital editing toolbox. Thanks again for the great tutorial.
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