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This tutorial will show how to create a beautiful soft hazy effect over an image using only Paint Shop Pro.
The tutorial was written for Paint Shop Pro 7, but I think it can easily be done in a older version .. the tools and placing might be the only difference.
The image I am using for this tutorial is called In A Santa Fe Garden by William Whitaker.. he is a wonderful artist and I hope that you will visit his web site.
Images that have a good balance of light and dark lend themselves well to this effect .. too light and there will not be much to see ... to dark and it tends to look pixeled in the dark areas.
If you wish to use the same image that I am, please right click and save this image to your own hard drive.
Lets play ...
1). Open the Santa Fe Garden image in Paint Shop
2). Press Shift + D twice to duplicate the image two times and close the original. Minimize one of the new images, as we will only be needing it toward the end of the tutorial.
3). Go to your layer pallet and Right Click one the background layer and select 'duplicate'.
4). Go to Colors/ Negative Image ... it looks cool just like that but we are not done yet.
5). Go to Colors/ Gray Scale. Now both layers have turned gray and so has your pallet.
6). In order to do anything to this we will need it set to 16 million colors so ... Go to Colors/ Increase Color Depth/ 16 Million Colors. No change in the image will be seen .. only the pallet colors will change.
7). Go to your layer pallet again and make sure the duplicated layer is active. On the right of the layer pallet you will see the word 'normal' .. click it and a drop down box will appear. This is where we can set the blending mode for layers in an image. Select dodge.
The image has turned almost white ... that is all right, that is what we wanted it to do.
Here is where one part of the magic comes ..
8). In order to see the layer below we are going to need to make the white layer a bit more see through. Go to Effects/ Blur/ Gaussian Blur. When the box pops up, place a 6 in for the Radius. From experimenting I have found that somewhere between 4 and 6 works best, depending on the image.
She has now magically reappeared.
By doing this we have lost allot of the darker parts of the image and it will look more like a color book drawing. Although that might be a nice effect, that is not what we are going for.
9). Go to the layer pallet again and right click on the background layer and duplicate again, just like we did before. There will see no difference in the image yet ...
10). In the layer pallet set the Blend Mode for that new duplicated layer you just made to Burn. The image will turn nearly black. That is what is supposed to happen.
11). In the layer pallet again .. set the opacity on the Burn layer to 5. The number here is important .. less then 4 and the haze will be too strong .. more then 6 and the haze will tend to be too light.
It looks much better I think ... now we are ready for some color.
12). Right click on the image you have minimized in your workspace ... select Copy.
13). Now got back to our black and white image and right click the top bar and select Paste as a New Layer.
Wow .. it is pretty, but that is almost hard to look at.
14). Go to the layer pallet again .. Move the new layer you just pasted to the top.
15). In the layer pallet set the opacity of that layer, to about 30. This is what your layer pallet should look like.
Now for a bit more magic ...
16). In the layer pallet, click on the background layer to make it active.
17). Go to Effects/ Blur/ Gaussian Blur and leave the Radius at 6.
18). Go to Layers/ Merge/ Merge all Flatten. The Effect is Done. To save on the time it takes this page to load, I reduced the size of the images. The one you create in Paint Shop will look much better then this.
Now what you do with it from here is up to you of course, but here is one variation that you can try if you would like. I will pick up where the steps left off above.
Framed Haze: You should still have the two images open .. the hazed one and the non hazed one.
19). Make sure your hazed image is active and go to Masks/ Load from Disk and load one of your favorite masks. The mask I am using is called DecoRoseFrame2-GD, but just about any mask will do .. play around with the ones you have .. I am sure there are some in there you may never have used before. If you would like to use the same mask that I am using, please click on the link to view it .. then right click on it and save to your own hard drive. It is a gif file and will need to be saved to your graphic folder and opened in Paint Shop to be applied.
20). Once the image has been masked, right click on the top bar of that image and select copy.
21). Go to your non hazed image and right click on the top of the image and select Paste as a New Layer.
22). Zoom in for a close view of her neck and head to make sure that the two layers line up properly.
23). Go to Layers/ Merge/ Merge all Flatten.
Hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial .. Please feel free to e mail me if you have any problems and I will do what I can to help.
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