Combo Apps/Orton Effect


Orton Effect was invented by a man name Michael Orton. He took two images on slide and sandwich them together. What the results were are high details and low details and give the image this soft dreamy look. What I’m going to show you is how to do this with a apps. I figured this out on accident and stumble upon it. Not everyone loves this effect because it more artsy and really soft with subtle details that pop out. The image that is showing is an Orton I shot with my Olympus E-510 and Sigma 105mm macro lens. The effect was done with a series of layers on Photoshop. You can click on Orton read more about the process on how to use it with Photoshop. There is a video link on how to do the process Orton on You Tube. I will warn you the guy who made the video is using Photoshop 7.0, but you will get the jist of how to process your very own Orton image. Orton is great for portraits, water/beach, flowers and landscapes with minimal details. If you have too much details I’ve notice the image will look really blurry and mushy looking. It’s one of those secrets things that portrait and wedding photographers will use to make that dreamy glow to thier photographs. There is also a HDR meets Orton group on Flickr too. Which helps you to smooth out all the noise you get when processing an HDR image, because of the high contrast.

This image was how with my Olympus E-510 and Sigma 18-125mm lens and processed with Photoshop.

This image is what I will be using for making my Orton. It was shot with Hipstamatic.

I load the image in Filterstorm. Which I will do two things with this image. First I over sharpen the image. Then second pumch the saturation up by 20% to 30%. Then save the image. I do lots of editing with Filterstorm and it’s a little more expensive than the other apps in the app store, but well worth it. It’s $3.99 at the App Store.

The second part of the making it blurry or dreamy looking. I will load the orginal image I shot in an app called Focal Lab. You can pick this up at the App Store for $.99. It’s a really cool and cheap app to add to you collection.

I’ll explain more about this app so you have an idea of how to use it. It’s a really easy and simple app to use. The top left button that looks like a floppy disc is you save button. Focal Lab is the arrow down button is your 4 different types of blur options. The 27% is the size of you image shown or loaded in the app. The square box with the arrow is your revert to original image. Camera button. Image/PhotoAlbum load button. “I” is for info and it explains what all the button do on the app.

What I do next is hit the “Focal Lab” button and touch Dreamy Blur. Then take the slide bar and slide it all the way across. Hit done and I do the same thing again. Do the Dreamy Blur to your liking.

The image will look like this when you done.

Then I load up another app called Image Blender, it’s the simple version of DXP. It’s $1.99 at the App Store. Basically you take two image images and blend them together.

I will load the Filterstorm image on one square and the Focal Lab image on the other square from the photo library.

When you have the two images loaded, I’ll push the slide toward the Focal Lab image and hit blend. You have the same option when you use Photoshop in the Layers box when it says Normal. I will pick Multiply.

This is the final results I get from bledning the images together. I’m still working out the kinks, but it’s how I figured out how to do Orton with my apps. Basically you want to get a good balance of High and Low details in one image. Which can smooth out your images andd still give you details.

Here is a screen shot of my phone and you can see the main apps I use the most for editing. You can find all these great apps at the App Store. If you have any question please conatc me at or you can follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram @ashcroft54 If you even more interested in Combo Apps you can click on Flickr and check out my group.

Next week I will do an update on HDR for the iPhone with a new app called iCameraHDR and it will feature Instgramer @mahadewa and @antonioj.

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8 Responses to Combo Apps/Orton Effect

  1. Lalygirl says:

    Cool I like this.

  2. Mark says:

    Tina, thanks so much for these tutorials. I’m struggling with iPhone photos and they have been a big help. When trying this orton-like effect, I ended up using the Gaussian blur adjustment in Filmlab since its evenly applied and a bit stronger. In ps4 I use the soft light layer but that didn’t look so good on the iPhone, maybe not strong enough. I now see you used the multiply blend which looks better. Thanks again, I really admire your work.

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  4. Lalygirl says:

    Focalab. Ummm looks cool thanks

  5. We have just created the first iPhone/iPad app that recreates the Orton effect: CAMERA DREAM! It’s free so check it out!

    • ashcroft54 says:

      Yeah I got your app and I plan to play with it for awhile and maybe do a month long project. I did pay for the iAds to be taken off. I think you might want to follow me on Twitter. People actually read the blogs I write. We were also talking about your app on Path too.

      • kosmikkreeper says:

        Cool! Sure I’ll follow you! 🙂 We’re always open for ideas and suggestions to make the app better so feel free. Thx for your support!

  6. kosmikkreeper says:

    Cool! Thx for your support! Let us know what you think! Sure I’ll follow you on Twitter. 🙂

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