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Create a Dreamy Photo Effect with Photoshop Elements

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Dreamy Effect - Introduction
Dreamy Photo Effect - Before and After

Here is an example of the dreamy photo effect we are going to create.

This tutorial shows you how to give a photo that soft, dreamy quality. It's especially nice for close-ups and portraits because it softens the photo and minimizes details that might be distracting. This tutorial will show you some of the benefits of using blend modes, adjustment layers, and clipping masks. Some might consider these advanced features, but you'll find out that it's not so hard.

I'm using Photoshop Elements 4 for this tutorial, but the required features are available in other versions of Photoshop and Elements, as well as other photo editors, like Paint Shop Pro. If you need help adapting a step, feel free to ask for help in the discussion forum.

Right click and save this practice image to your computer: dreamy-start.jpg

To follow along, open the practice image in the standard edit mode of Photoshop Elements, or whatever photo editor you'll be working with. You may follow along with your own image, but you'll need to adjust some of the values when working with a different image.

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