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Steamy Window Effect in Photoshop

TS-SteamyPhotoshop has a fair few filters which, by themselves, seem pretty pointless and can do terrible things to your photos given half a chance. However if you start mixing them together you’ll discover that they can in fact produce some pretty amazing effects.

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create the impression of looking through a steamy, misted up window. We’ll use a bunch of standard Photoshop filters including the Fibres and Diffuse Glow effects. If you’ve never used those before you’re not alone but it’s never too late to discover their power.

About Gavin Hoey (45 Articles)
Gavin has been a regular contributor to Digital Photo Magazine in the UK since 2003 where he writes “how to...” techniques on photography and Photoshop Elements. His Photoshop lectures are always in demand and he can often be seen popping up at camera clubs all over the UK.

5 Comments on Steamy Window Effect in Photoshop

  1. Lyman Aldrich // June 7, 2013 at 4:44 pm //

    Great idea…Would be nice if the original photo were available to use while following the video.

  2. Hi Gavin,i got as far as 4.23,dont seem to be able to delete the layer and make the original pic reappear,any idea what i am doing wrong,great tutorial btw,I am using cs2.

  3. Gerhard // June 9, 2013 at 3:20 pm //

    I learned another stunishing job wit Cs6!

  4. A unique effect. This is quite nice keep sharing.

  5. Thanks Gavin – this is excellent.

    Could anybody guide me into making a ‘hand wipe’ mark across the glass in addition to what Gavin has done above?

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