Your parents design their own furniture, your brother grows his own garden, and your sis ... well, she just knitted her entire wardrobe. You, on the other hand, can't even read your own handwriting.
Sure, you've got good looks, but that doesn't always make up for your less DIY-savvy ways. This time, let's dazzle them with easy photos that even the most inept person could do -- the technique is all about taking the ordinary and making it really stand out! -- Of course, this will only work if you have Adobe Photoshop.
Just follow these simple instructions and you'll soon be able to fool your family into thinking that you did in fact get some of their creative genes.
- Open your photograph in Adobe Photoshop.
- Color correct your photo however you like to color correct it before starting.
- Duplicate the photo layer (I'm assuming here that you already know how to use Photoshop, at least a little.)
- Use the filter 'Gaussian Blur' on the duplicated layer. For a photo of this size (pictured above), set the radius to about 4 or 5 pixels. For much larger photos, you can go higher with the radius size.
- Set the duplicated, blurred layer to 'multiply' either through the pull-down at the top of the layers palette or by double-clicking the layer and setting the General Blending, Blend Mode.
- The image will be too dark and you can play around with curves or lightness or whatever technique you want to use to lighten the photo.
- The result - Extraordinary!
If you don't have Adobe Photoshop, free alternatives Paint.net
(Windows), The GIMP
(Windows, Mac, Linux), or GIMPShop
(Windows, Mac, Linux) all perform this process easily as well.