How to Use the Soften Tool

The softened look is essential for creating romantic, dreamlike photography, and typically involves the use of a soft focus camera lens while shooting. By slightly blurring some of the details and giving the image an ethereal glow, the soft focus effect creates pure magic. To recreate this effect in editing, try using our Soften tool.

Step 1: Start with opening an image in your Photo Editor. In your left sidebar, click the ‘Edit’ menu and navigate to the ‘Soften’ tool. This is under the Blur & Smooth section.
 
Step 2: When you select Soften, the effect will automatically populate on your image. There you’ll have the option to adjust Softness and Lightness using the adjustment sliders.
 
 
Step 3: Increasing the Softness slider will add blur to the midtones in your image, making them appear softer. Increasing the Lightness slider will add more highlights to light areas of the image, which create the soft glow effect without washing out your subject. Experiment with using both these sliders until you get the results you’re looking for.
 
Step 4: If you’d only like to add the effect to certain areas of your image, click on the ‘Paint’ menu in the Soften tool. You’ll be able to paint the effect selectively using the brush tool. Use the corresponding sliders to adjust Brush Size, Hardness and Strength. Use the 'Eraser' tool to erase parts you don't want the effect on.
 
Final Results:
 
 

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How To Create Dreamlike Photos With The Soften Tool

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