Digital Toolbox: Sharp Blur Here's how to easily turn a humdrum image into a dreamy, romantic photo. By Debbie Grossman December 17, 2008 How To SHARE How-To-Make-Dreamy-Images-Using-Blur-Step-1-The The first thing to do is find a picture that could stand a little prettying up. When you’ve got one open, duplicate the background layer: Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer and click OK. How-To-Make-Dreamy-Images-Using-Blur-Step-2-Next Next, change the Blend mode of your duplicate layer to Multiply. You can switch it by grabbing the pull-down menu in the upper-left corner of your Layers palette (initially, it’s set to Normal). How-To-Make-Dreamy-Images-Using-Blur-Step-3-Don Don’t worry if your image looks much too dark — we’ll fix that later. Now, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. How-To-Make-Dreamy-Images-Using-Blur-Step-4-This This is a fairly big file, so go for a Radius of 16.4 pixels. Images that have lower resolutions require less blur; if you add too much, you’ll lose the effect. How-To-Make-Dreamy-Images-Using-Blur-Step-8-The The key to adding saturation is subtlety, so don’t go overboard! Gently drag the saturation slider to the right. In this case, 8 is enough. How-To-Make-Dreamy-Images-Using-Blur-Before How-To Make Dreamy Images Using Blur*Before* How-To-Make-Dreamy-Images-Using-Blur-After How-To Make Dreamy Images Using Blur*After* How to MORE TO READ RELATED It’s not simply wide-angle distortion making this photo of the Bidens and the Carters look weird A recent viral photo of the president presents an opportune time to talk about perspective distortion. READ NOW RELATED Cold weather is the best time for night sky photography and starscapes Grab your coat and your camera, then head... RELATED Take better pictures by thinking like an old-school photographer Make every shot count.