Free Photoshop Orton Effect Action

Posted in Free Photoshop Actions

Ridwan Studios is offering a free Photoshop Orton Effect Action. The Orton Effect isn’t new; it was originally created by Michael Orton in the 1980s.

The dreamy effect is making a popular reappearance among photographers especially landscape photographers. You’ve probably seen the effect on photos without knowing what it was specifically.

So is the Orton Effect easy to reproduce? Absolutely! But there are different methods to the effect depending on the photographer.

Generally, the Orton Effect is simply the combination of a focused and blurred photo of the same scene using the Screen and Multiply blend modes in a photo editing program like Photoshop or Gimp. The result is a wonderful dream-like photo that might remind you of the film, Lord of the Rings.

We decided to apply the Orton effect to an unconventional photo of a ferris wheel and a more conventional subject – tulips.

You can see the original photos and the after photos with the Orton Effect applied.













We applied the effect to the entire photo, but at times it might be more effective to apply the effect to only a portion of the photo. This is left to the discretion of the photographer.

Enjoy our Orton Effect Action! And if you're interested in seeing more of the Orton Effect by its orginal creator, check out Michael Orton Photography.