Here is a small sample of some of the blurred images I captured of the sheer curtains:
|The image on the right is closest to the actual color. I enhanced the color on the left image and changed it in ACR for the middle image.|
I use this type of background image in a technique I call "hazing". In Photoshop I place an image of this type as a layer over a straight photograph, and then change the Blending Mode of the layer, usually to Hard Light, but sometimes to Multiply, Overlay, Screen, or Soft Light.
Below is a selection of the original images I wanted to "haze".
|Nothing wrong with the original images, but adding the haze re-purposes them for designers to use as more of a neutral background.|
All of the images below used the hazing layer added in Hard Light mode. This can mute the overall color and over-lighten the image. To counter act this I move the image into the LAB color space and enhance the colors, then, after reconverting the image to RGB, I add a curve or levels layer to boost the contrast.
|This photo was done using one of the warmed up blurs plus an additional sepia-colored adjustment filter layer.|
|The Hazing technique comes in handy on a photo outing to the zoo, which can be problematic because of all the distracting environment elements that have to be avoided.|