The Orton Effect comes from a technique first used by Michael Orton in which one "normal" photograph or slide was sandwiched with another out of focus and overexposed photograph or slide. The dreamlike quality of the resulting imagery has become very popular. You can see examples of Michael Orton's work at http://www.michaelortonphotography.com
and find out about the process he uses
to create the effect with a film camera. In today's digital world, the process of creating Orton Effect images has become even simpler using digital darkroom software. In addition to creative uses, the Orton Technique is also very useful in "saving" images that wound up accidentally out of focus. For this tutorial I am using PhotoShop Elements version 6 for Mac. The process is the same for almost all digital darkroom software although some of the menu options may be named differently.