Portrait Enhancement Video

By | |Tutorials, Exposure, Bokeh|

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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About the Author:

Jimmy is on the marketing team at Alien Skin. He builds our training videos, writes for the blog, governs our social channels, and he is the self-proclaimed king of swag. He's also a professional photographer and a complete fitness nut.


  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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