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Creating the Dragan Effect

Author: Discovery Center Team

The Dragan Effect is one of the most popular image-editing effects right now. Created by Polish photographer Andrzej Dragan, this effect uses dramatic lighting and editing techniques that enhance the tonality and skin texture of the images subject.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to simulate the Dragan Effect on your photos using Paintshop Pro.

Check out the before photo and the after Dragan photo below! Do you prefer the original portrait shot, or the Dragan version?

Camera Canon, EOS 5D Mark II
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO 400
Shutter 1/80
Aperture f/2.2
Resolution 1688 x 1125