The Orton Effect

Wishing you could give your photos that soft “dreamy” look? Try the Orton Effect. On a suitable original, a few relatively simple steps can produce amazing results.

The original technique invented by Michael Orton was to overlay two or more images of an identical scene with very different exposures on slide film. One image is sharply focused and the others are very out of focus.

The best tutorial I’ve found is here. Give it a shot. You’ll have it mastered in no time.

This video is also very good. It teaches a slightly more complicated method but with even better results.

To see plenty of excellent examples of the Orton Effect visit the Orton Group on Flickr.

Happy processing.

One Reply to “The Orton Effect”

  1. […] people have remarked that applying the Orton Effect to an image makes the image look like a painting. I figured if it looks like a painting then […]

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