How to make a soft glow in photos: Photoshop Tutorial

Here is a Photoshop tutorial on how to make a soft glow and change the lighting of your photos. It’s really fun and easy to do.

1. Open up your photo in Photoshop. I’m using a photo of Fiona’s foot for this tutorial.

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2. At the top, click “Images,” then scroll down to “Adjustments,” then down to “Brightness/Contrast”. Change the brightness to approximately 50%. If you have a really white, bright, or over-exposed photo already, then you can skip this step.

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3. At the top, click “Layers,” then scroll down and click “Duplicate Layer.” A little box will come up. Click “OK.”

4. At the top, click “Filter,” then scroll down to “Blur,” then down to “Gaussian Blur.” Change it to make the Radius: 25 pixels.

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5. On the side box, under “Layers,” at the very top there is a box that says “Normal.” Click this box and scroll down to “Multiply.” Voila! You are finished!

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Here are a few other soft, glowy photos of our one month old Fiona.

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13 thoughts on “How to make a soft glow in photos: Photoshop Tutorial

  1. I absolutly LOVED the tutorial!!
    You made it soooooo easy!
    Thank you.
    This is EXACTLY what I was lookinh for.
    By the way, YOUR DAUGHTER IS SOOOO BEAUTIFUL!
    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a foot that cute.
    I love the name “Fiona” also.

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  2. Thank you very very much :)
    Wonderful tutorial.
    I am a programmer and I wanted to program this since a long time ago.
    I didn’t know its so simple like this. only 2 steps. :)

    PS. Your daughter is so cute :)

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  3. This looks great and is what i am looking for – however in the photoshop that i am using i dont see these options – what type of photoshop program is this one?

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  4. Hmmm….the options your looking for will still be there, maybe just hidden under a different category. Try googling the issue you have. There is a lot of great info on the web about photoshop.

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  5. I was searching the internet on how to make photos look the second photo. Pretty cool how I came across this and it’s not even about creating the effect of photo #2. Great tutorial!

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