Oh. That's what you meant.
Well that's easy.
First open up a new document, with the background color of your choice. I'm gonna roll with light blue.
Create a new layer and paste in your whatever.
Right click, Colors -> Desaturate, and Desaturate according to luminosity.
Set the upper layer to multiply.
Right click the layer, add a layer mask. Be sure to check the box that says invert mask.
Make sure the layer mask is the layer you are working on, fill in what parts you want with white.
Still on the layer mask, right click, Filters -> Blur -> Gaussain Blur. Blur it by so many pixels based on how large your image is. My image is 480x480, so I blurred it by 150 px.
Finally, lower the opacity on the layer until it looks good. At 75 opacity this is my final result:
Actually, don't set the layer to multiply, it looks better setting the layer to hard light.
I felt like I wasn't getting the rich orange color that was in your picture, so finally here I set the layer to soft light, then duplicated it:
This post has been edited by Solartide: 12 June 2012 - 07:25 AM