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This is a discussion on Highlight Effect within the Technical Photography Discussion forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; See how to add dreamy effect. This Photoshop effect makes light skin glow while keeping ...

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    Talking Highlight Effect

    See how to add dreamy effect. This Photoshop effect makes light skin glow while keeping dark areas.

    Step 1:
    First open any image.



    Step 2: Duplicate the layer, go to Layer> Duplicate or press Ctrl+J and change the blending mode of the new layer to Screen.



    Step 3: Now add a layer mask to the top layer so go to Layer> Add Layer Mask> Reveal All.

    Step 4:
    Make sure the layer mask is activated. The thumbnail of the layer mask in the layer window should have a white border around it. If it does not, click on the thumbnail to activate the layer mask.



    Step 5: With the layer mask activated, go to Image> Apply Image and use these settings:



    Your Image looks like:



    Step 6: Click on the thumbnail of the top layer to deactivate the layer mask. With the top layer selected, go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur. Make sure that the preview checkbox is checked and increase the radius slider until the desired effect is achieved.



    Step 7: We need to add another layer mask but Photoshop will only allow one raster layer mask per layer. To get around this, we will simply group the layer so go to Layer> Group Layers or press Ctrl+G and add a layer mask go to Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal All, to the new group created.



    Step 8: Click on the thumbnail of the new layer mask. With the layer mask selected, use the Apply Image so go to Image> Apply Image tool to apply the entire image to the layer mask and apply these settings:



    Here's is the Final Result!:


    Last edited by PurpleLotus; August 30th, 2009 at 02:32 AM.

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    Cool, Darren. I will have to give this a try as well.

    Cheers,
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    Thanks, hey Bruce! i give you some tips if it is too bright you might want to reduce opacity to 70% .. until you see it looks good then stop.

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    Darren, where have you been, my friend? Missed you!
    That is soooooooo cool and I think is time to get me Photoshop... now that I can try doing something with it following your posts here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurpleLotus View Post
    Thanks, hey Bruce! i give you some tips if it is too bright you might want to reduce opacity to 70% .. until you see it looks good then stop.
    Cool. I know so little about using this program. I love finding out these 'secrets' hehehe... Thanks man.

    Cheers,
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    Very cool one ... I tried it and it's a cool effect, came out a bit bright but I like it. Another one of those Photoshop effect that makes you look way younger.
    Fantastic! hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by margo View Post
    Darren, where have you been, my friend? Missed you!
    That is soooooooo cool and I think is time to get me Photoshop... now that I can try doing something with it following your posts here!
    Hello Margo, how are you my friend? miss you 2. Lately i take a trip to Sanjose CA, to see my relative, oh yeah you should get the photoshop software is fun you can do lot stuff in there like retouch image ... I'm glad you like my tut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lambert View Post
    Very cool one ... I tried it and it's a cool effect, came out a bit bright but I like it. Another one of those Photoshop effect that makes you look way younger.
    Fantastic! hehe
    Hi Lambert, you can reduce blending screen opacity to 90% - 80% if it look too bright.

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    here another example: before and after.


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    Adobe was offering Photoshop Elements 7 for around $30.00 at the end of August. They may still have tha special .

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