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Portrait Finishing Touches

By Elizabeth LePage  ·  March 6th, 2011

Make a portrait pop by adding a soft blur and a vignette effect with a few simple steps.


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31 Replies to Portrait Finishing Touches:

  1. Wanda

    March 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Thank you Elizabeth. This is a totally awesome technique. So quick and easy, (at least you make it look easy)!! Thanks so much for taking the time to make the video. Wanda

  2. Mike

    March 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Hey, nice work Elizabeth! Welcome to the team!

  3. Julie

    March 7, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Very nice tutorial. Thank you Elizabeth!

  4. Mary

    March 7, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Thanks! The video is great! Just a thought though…kinda hard to toggle back and forth and pausing. Could printable step by step be added?

    • Diana

      March 7, 2011 at 10:47 am

      Hi Mary,

      See “Download the Finishing Touches Cheatsheet” above.


  5. David

    March 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Very nice tut. Short sweet and easy to follow. Thanks

  6. Donald

    March 9, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Excellent tutorial. Explicit and simple. Thanks

  7. Alfred

    March 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    …wow, this looks really nice, I shall have to try that one soon…thanks you !

  8. James

    March 10, 2011 at 3:10 am

    A very nice effect that enhances a photo immensely. Tried it on a couple of favorite photos and was amazed at the glamorous look it created. Thanks Elizabeth!

  9. Charlotte

    March 10, 2011 at 10:08 am


    thanks so much for a great tutorial! It has become an instant favorite!

  10. Louis

    March 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Why am I not getting a complete picture of the tutorial screen?

  11. Steve

    March 12, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Awesome job…thanks so much for this video.

  12. Alan

    March 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I am using a lap top computer, even though I get the Elements video on screen I am ony getting about half of the video vertically. Consequentialy I could not see the any of the instructions carried out on the right hand side of the video.It looks like Louis above may be encountering the same problem. Is there a solution, I am looking forward to learning more from your tutorials but it is not possible with such a limited view.

    Regards Alan

    • Rick

      March 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm


      If you’re only getting part of the video screen, try either clicking on the F11 key (which will make the video full screen), or click on the link underneath the video screen shot that says “Problems viewing this video? Try opening it in a new window.”

      That should fix the issue. I’m sorry for the trouble.

      On smaller laptops, there isn’t a lot of room to view everything in the main browser window.


      • Alan

        March 17, 2011 at 6:36 am

        Hi Rick

        Thank you for your advice. I should have seen the info below the video for using a new window. It works perfectly now.

        The tutorial is great and very easy to follow.

        Much appreciated.


  13. Lisa

    March 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    This was a very helpful tutorial and I look forward to seeing more of your work in the near future.

  14. Lillian

    April 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    You’re a good teacher —— well done and fun tutorial.

  15. Cherry

    April 19, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    You are a great teacher, easy to follow, many thanks.

  16. Marilyn

    April 23, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Thanks for a simple tutorial that makes gives my portraits such a nice depth.

  17. Bob

    May 3, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Thanks Elizabeth. Really great way to make a creative potrait. I did find the feather number can vary quite a bit depending on the resolution of the photo, but a little trial and error is all it takes. I am really enjoying your tutorials. Keep up the great work.

  18. Joy

    May 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Elizabeth, thanks for such a great tutorial. Very clear and easy to follow and understand (for rookies like me)
    Also, thanks for posting the cheatsheet. That is an excellent idea!

  19. Glenda

    July 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Excellent, clearly explained and fun. And an extra thanks for the ‘cheat sheet”. I’m one who needs to walk through a new technique one step at a time with clear instructions. I had emailed during this past year asking for more cheat sheets and am grateful for the time you’ve taken to begin providing them.


  20. Michael

    September 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    wowowow This tutorial even made my portrait look good 10/10

  21. Gisela

    September 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Thank you so much for this!

  22. Jo

    September 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Oh I absolutely love this tutorial! I was given an iphone pic from a friend of her two children. It was lovely but quite “harsh”. She wanted to print it and use in Christmas cards and asked if I could “work some magic”. I applied the techniques in the this wonderful tutorial (following the cheat sheet as I went!) and it looked amazing. What I love about all of these tutorials is that they don’t just teach one thing, they give you skills you can apply to all sorts of different projects. Thank you!

  23. Colin

    September 30, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Hi Team,
    Having a bit of trouble; first my E8 was first downloaded onto XP 2003, now copied onto W7, and has never been the same. Fortunately only a very few things do not seem to work out.
    I cannot get any layer to drag to the top, so the ct+l will not work on the correct one.
    Hope you can help
    Colin Pernet
    In Sunny Queensland

  24. North Mason

    March 13, 2012 at 11:11 am

    help!!! im stuck in class!!

  25. Doris

    March 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Awesome Elizabeth. Keep up the good work!

  26. Gloria

    December 8, 2012 at 11:42 am

    awesome and easy!!! thanks a bunch!!

  27. JWC

    January 10, 2013 at 5:10 am

    Thank you so much Elizabeth! Great tips!

  28. Heather

    February 2, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Just completed this great tutorial and Oh MY – the photo looks so much better!
    Thank you.

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