Giving an image a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter


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Giving an image a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter

One very easy, creative technique to make an image more interesting is to give it a soft highlight glow, or just a nice contrast glow. I am going to teach you how to do that with the Gaussian Blur Smart Filter. So, as the name implies of this technique, if you want to do this as a Smart Filter, you need to convert this layer to a Smart Layer first or a Smart Object layer. To do that, you can go to the Filter menu and choose Convert for Smart Filters. This will allow us to apply Gaussian Blur in a non-destructive way and then fine-tune it after we've done the initial settings.

So, let's do the Gaussian Blur by going to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and we're going to give this a pretty high amount. Don't be alarmed by destroying the original detail of the image. We are going to go back and blend that back in, in just a moment. For now we will use a Radius, a pretty high Radius. I am going to do 20, and the radius you are going to use it depends on the resolution of ...

Giving an image a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
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Giving an image a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Michael Ninness as part of the Photoshop CS5 Essential Training

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Design Photography
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