Photo Effect Photoshop

How to Create a Dreamy Photo Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a soft, dreamy photo effect in Photoshop. We will be using just some gradients and adjustment layers to achieve the effect, so it should be easy enough for everyone to understand. Here’s the effect we’ll be creating:

Dreamy Photo Effect

To create a dreamy photo effect, you’ll need:

  • Any recent version of Photoshop

Step 1

Open your image in Photoshop. I will be using this image:

Dreamy Photo Effect Original

Then, create a new layer and name it “Lens Flare”. Fill this new layer with black, then go to Filter > Render > Lens Flare.

Dreamy Photo Effect Lens Flare

Use the settings shown below for the lens flare. The position of the lens flare can change according to the picture you are using.

Dreamy Photo Effect Lens Flare Options

Now, lower the Lens Flare layer’s opacity to about 60% and change its blending mode to Screen.

Dreamy Photo Effect Lens Flare Screen

Dreamy Photo Effect Lens Flare Result

Step 2

Create another new layer above all the other layers and name it “Bokeh”. Change this layer’s opacity to 60% and blending mode to Overlay.

Dreamy Photo Effect Bokeh Layer

Now, download any bokeh texture online and place it into this layer.

Dreamy Photo Effect Bokeh

Step 3

Add a Solid Color Fill Layer now by going to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color. Select a purple color for the fill layer, and change its opacity to 60% and blending mode to Screen.

Dreamy Photo Effect Purple Color Fill

Dreamy Photo Effect Purple Color Fill Result

 

Step 4

Add another Solid Color Fill Layer like we did before and choose a lemon yellow color this time. Change this layer’s opacity to 60% and blending mode to Soft Light.

Dreamy Effect Lemon Yellow Color Fill

Dreamy Effect Lemon Yellow Color Fill Result

Step 5

Add a Gradient Fill Layer now by going to Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient and using a brown to transparent gradient. Use all the settings shown below.

Dreamy Effect Gradient Brown

Lower this layer’s opacity to 50% and change its blending mode to Soft Light.

Dreamy Effect Gradient Brown Soft Light

Step 6

Add another Gradient Fill Layer like we did before, but this time use a white to transparent gradient. Use all the settings shown below.

Dreamy Effect Gradient White

Set this layer’s blending mode to Soft Light.

Dreamy Effect Gradient White Soft Light

And we’re done creating the dreamy photo effect! You could add another bokeh layer if you want to finish off the effect.

Dreamy Photo Effect

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Tabish Shaikh

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