In this short video, Colin Smith at PhotoCAFE comes through once again with an easy way to improve the look of your photographs using gaussian blur in Photoshop. The tip itself is worthwhile, but his "bonus" tip is the key to making it really work.
There are countless ways to process photos in Adobe Photoshop, but, of course, there are only so many hours in a day. So we're always trying to find new, quick ways to process our images and improve the final product.
While I tend to add a bit of sharpening to most of my images, I'm looking forward to trying out Smith's technique, softening the image just a bit to add a nice level of contrast. His tip takes about a minute to watch and even less time to execute. The best part is that it's easily made even faster by recording the steps into an action.
For those who haven't created their own actions in Photoshop, simply click the Actions tab, click "Create New Action," name it, click record, go through the steps laid out by Smith, click Stop, and, boom: the next time you want to soften your image, it's a one-click process. If you have any difficulty, check out this easy Fstoppers tutorial by Robert K. Baggs for creating your own actions.