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Creating a dramatic diffused glow with Overlay

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Video: Creating a dramatic diffused glow with Overlay

I really love the lighting on this image. It's just a beautiful shot and nice warm tones, the sun coming through the hat, but I want to emphasize it a little bit more and make it a little bit more dramatic. This is one of those techniques where you do a self blend, again. What I mean is you duplicate the layer and you apply a blend mode to it, and maybe even do a blur. So let's begin. Let's do a Command+J or Ctrl+J to duplicate this layer. Go and rename this Dramatic Glow. We can go ahead and do a blur. Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and yeah, 20 pixels, 10 pixels, somewhere in there. You're just trying to get a nice overall averaging of the pixels there. You're going to blend back down.

Creating a dramatic diffused glow with Overlay

I really love the lighting on this image. It's just a beautiful shot and nice warm tones, the sun coming through the hat, but I want to emphasize it a little bit more and make it a little bit more dramatic. This is one of those techniques where you do a self blend, again. What I mean is you duplicate the layer and you apply a blend mode to it, and maybe even do a blur. So let's begin. Let's do a Command+J or Ctrl+J to duplicate this layer. Go and rename this Dramatic Glow. We can go ahead and do a blur. Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and yeah, 20 pixels, 10 pixels, somewhere in there. You're just trying to get a nice overall averaging of the pixels there. You're going to blend back down.

Let's just go for the middle, and go for 15, and let's change our blend mode to Overlay. That will give us really contrast-y dramatic glow here. You're seeing just a softening of the tones, and because of the contrast blend mode you get increased contrast, but you also get increased saturation. So if you like the overall look, but you want to fine tune a little bit, you can of course lower the opacity. If I have my Move tool selected, V if you don't, just type a number on the keyword to change the overall blend between the Dramatic Glow layer and the Background layer. So if I press 5, I get 50% of the effect. If I go back to 0, that's 100%. So you have a lot of variation there available.

Then if you don't like how much the saturation has increased, you can add an adjustment layer to compensate for that as well. So we'll go to our Adjustments panel, and we'll choose the Hue and Saturation adjustment layer, and if you want to take it all the way down, you can just drag the saturation slider all the way down, which you'll notice that that makes the whole image black and white. That's not what we want. We just want it to affect the Dramatic Glow layer. So we want to clip this to the Dramatic Glow layer by itself. By default an adjustment layer affects every layer underneath it. We're going to hold down the Option key or the Alt key on Windows, and click in between the two layers. You'll see the cursor change when you bring your cursor right in between the two layers. Option-click to clip the Hue and Saturation adjustment layer, just to affect the Dramatic Glow layer. Here's before, here's after.

You can see I still will get that nice soft dramatic glow increasing the contrast, but not blowing out the color so much. If you want to bring some of the color back, then you can select the adjustment layer, again, with the Move tool selected. V if you don't have it. You can start playing with the opacity by typing numbers here as well. So if I type 5, I get 50%, and I bring some of that saturation back, but not full strength, as if it was all the way down to say 10%. You can see the difference there. So I'm going to take it back down to maybe 70%. I want some of that saturation there, but not all of it. Now I've got a really nice, dramatic glow.

I warmed up the colors, and just made the image pop a little bit more on a nice atmospheric way.

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Photoshop Blend Mode Magic

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  1. 2m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Using the exercise files
      52s
  2. 13m 9s
    1. The three kinds of blending in Photoshop
      1m 49s
    2. Blend modes, blend modes, everywhere!
      1m 38s
    3. Cycling through the blending modes
      2m 1s
    4. Three blending modes you must know
      5m 8s
    5. Blending mode keyboard shortcuts
      2m 33s
  3. 3m 13s
    1. Roughening or pointilizing edges with Dissolve
      3m 13s
  4. 34m 40s
    1. Removing halos with Darken
      2m 26s
    2. Bringing down hot highlights with Multiply
      3m 50s
    3. Tonal correction with Screen and Multiply
      3m 35s
    4. Combining adjustment layers with blending modes
      3m 58s
    5. Creating a composite from a single Camera Raw file
      5m 56s
    6. Creating a cast shadow with Multiply
      4m 50s
    7. Creating artistic edges with Multiply and Screen
      3m 39s
    8. From iPhone to Photoshop: Colorizing line art with Multiply
      6m 26s
  5. 14m 47s
    1. Removing dust spots with Lighten
      1m 36s
    2. Adding lightning to a sky with Screen
      3m 20s
    3. Adding a lens flare effect with Screen
      2m 27s
    4. Reducing halos when sharpening with Lighten
      3m 55s
    5. Creating a faint soft-edged line drawing with Linear Dodge
      3m 29s
  6. 1h 5m
    1. Using Dodge and Burn with Overlay
      4m 34s
    2. Reducing wrinkles with Overlay
      6m 37s
    3. Using graduated neutral density filters with Overlay
      5m 32s
    4. Custom vignettes with Overlay
      3m 30s
    5. High-Pass sharpening with Overlay
      4m 16s
    6. Smoothing skin with High-Pass sharpening and Overlay
      5m 29s
    7. Textured patterns with Overlay
      6m 21s
    8. Textured type with Overlay
      2m 55s
    9. Creating a dramatic diffused glow with Overlay
      2m 49s
    10. Creating a subtle glow with Soft Light
      2m 57s
    11. Creating a medium glow with Soft Light
      4m 25s
    12. Simulating film grain with Add Noise and Soft Light
      3m 54s
    13. Recovering detail in over-saturated areas with Pin Light
      8m 30s
    14. Creating 80's pop art with Hard Mix and Multiply
      3m 15s
  7. 5m 7s
    1. Aligning layers with Difference
      5m 7s
  8. 12m 51s
    1. Reducing color noise with Color
      2m 13s
    2. Avoiding false saturation with Luminosity
      5m 33s
    3. Recovering detail in blown-out highlights with Luminosity
      5m 5s
  9. 26m 27s
    1. Getting better sepia tones
      5m 15s
    2. Using antique color effects
      5m 5s
    3. Combining multiple exposures
      4m 34s
    4. Replacing the sky in an image
      3m 44s
    5. Splitting edges when sharpening
      3m 15s
    6. Displacing type around contours
      4m 34s
  10. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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