As with many of the other tips in this series, this tutorial adds a last minute "kick" to an architectural illustration. What is nice about this process is that the contrast is increased, but at the same time, the sharpness is decreased providing an interesting final outcome.

Begin by openng the image in Photoshop. The original image that I will be using is below.

Right click on the image layer and choose "Duplicate."

Next, select Filters>Blur>Guassian Blur.

The amount of blur is dependent on the size of the image and your own preference.


Once the blur is applied, set the layer blend mode to "Overlay."

Adjust the opacity of the layer if the effect is too strong.

Reader Comments (23)

great tip. thanks for the website

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBenjamin

Easy do to, strong do show, that's the cat´s jump.

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterROBLEDO DUARTE

again awesome tips, great help for architectural students like me :)

May 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRitsoz

Thanks for your great tutorials Alex. Would you please explain or put a tutorial of how you made the grass in above photos. i severely need it, specially for huge site plans.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBabak

wonderfull men...!!!! only the master of the busy students in architecture..!!! sensei miyagi...!!!!:)

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July 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

very nice! been wondering how this is done for a while. so easy yet effective :)

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November 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercarlos

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December 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterguyrtuy

awesome. .just by simple step. .we got the nice result

April 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrhez kun

How did you get the colors to be like that on the original image?

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjrew

I used some subtle color overlays and vignetting.

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Hogrefe

bro your tutorials are so helpful. Would love to see more landscape graphic processing and section cuts and section elevations

July 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercameron

You are an awesome person... thanks for your time!!!

September 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErick Maldonado

thank you Alex

November 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternghiatran991

you've made the picture look over contrasted with too much green and even some of the architectural details are lost. this did not help the photo whatsoever.

January 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdavid aimes

These are wonderful tips for image softening that will be useful to me. I am learning Photoshop and it is interesting and there is a lot of things to do. It is a wonderful experience and I am trying to implement it. Your tutorial has helped me and thanks for this interesting tip. Keep providing useful tips.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

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April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

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June 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkk455

Thanks for sharing your tutorials!!! Effective and easy to follow!

July 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterap

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January 2, 2014 | Unregistered

Great ... this trick made my render beautiful ! Thanks a lot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJustyna

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