April's Wedding Day - 30 June 2007

I found a video on the Internet that showed how to create this effect with any photo. Though it was a fairly time consuming process, I like the effect and have often wondered how it was accomplished. Using PaintShop and the original photo on the right, I first converted it to a black and white, created a series of “masks”, performed a gaussian blur on the background, then brought out the color with the eraser tool, directing the viewer’s attention more to April, the real focus of the picture.