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Image editing tutorial - Soft focus

Step 8: Desaturate
We’re nearly done now, but to complete the effect I like to desaturate the image slightly. First though we need to flatten the layers down into a single image. Click on the Layers menu, and at the bottom of the list you’ll see the option Flatten Image. Click on this.

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To reduce the colour saturation, click on the Enhance menu, roll down to Adjust Colour, and select Adjust Hue/Saturation.

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This brings up a control window with three sliders, for Hue, Saturation and Lightness. Leave the other two where they are, but slide the Saturation control to the left. If you’ve got the preview box checked you can see the effects as you make the adjustment, but be careful not to overdo it. A setting of -25 should be sufficient.

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And there we have it. Save your edited image under a new file name so you don’t overwrite your original, and watch out for Captain Kirk, he’ll be beaming down any minute.

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