Portrait Enhancement Video

Strategic blur can do remarkable things for a photo. It can either imply a sense of movement and action, or it can evoke stillness, peace, and focus.

I used blur to my advantage in a recent tutorial video. I combined a blur effect from Bokeh with a simulated film effect from Exposure to change a photo’s mood. Although the effects are subtle, the results are significant.

Robert Hamilton let us use his photo of Jillian Rabe for the video. Thanks Robert and Jillian!

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Jimmy is the marketing nerd at Alien Skin. He makes workflow training tutorials, handles affiliates, writes for the blog, manages our contributing authors, governs our social media, and he is the king of swag orders. He also makes a mean cup of espresso, so if you stop by the office, remember to give him cash tips for his efforts.


  1. Mary Joan June 29, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Dear Jimmy,

    I have Exposure 4 and trying to find out how you get that High key 40′s or 50′s look. I have tried to archive this effect and can not find it. Can you email me the steps to get this effect. I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thank you.

    Mary Joan Wright

  2. Karen Egan July 28, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Hi, I am trial-ing Exposure 5 and Bokeh at the moment. Can you apply effects to just a portion of the image? I love what it can do and all your products. Keep it up!

    Regards, Karen

    • Jimmy July 29, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Hi Karen,

      The effects from Exposure and Bokeh are applied to the whole image. Once applied, they can be masked off, or hidden in selected areas, using Photoshop. Here is a link to a video tutorial that demonstrates the process of masking out a portion of an Exposure effect in Photoshop. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFIw1XetHvs

      Bokeh works a little differently than Exposure, but we have helpful videos for it too. Here’s a link to the tutorials page for Bokeh: http://www.alienskin.com/bokeh/Bokeh-tutorials.aspx

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