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Give your photo a dreamy look with a diffuse glow

Added on Tuesday 17th of February 2009 01:07 am EST


Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


I’m looking for a photo effect that will cast a dramatic light on my image. Can you offer any suggestions?


Nothing adds interest to a scene better than dramatic lighting. One great way to accomplish this is by adding a diffuse glow to your image, as shown in Figure A.




Note: You can use any RGB image for this technique, or if you want to follow along with our example, download the file from the URL given at the beginning of this article, extract the file diffuseglow.psd, launch Photoshop and open the file. (Images provided by PhotoSpin. Some images modified for educational purposes.)


To add a diffuse glow to your image:

1.       Set the background color to white.

2.      Duplicate the Background layer to work on a laye...


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