Photoshop Glow

This is an easy method to add mood to your images.

Duplicate Background Layer

Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur – I used 100-130 on these images but it depends on the look you want, so have fun experimenting

Then change your blending mode on the Layers palette to Multiply. You may want to reduce opacity on the top layer.

This can work on scenes too.

Light colored subjects can give a nice, ethereal impression.


Photoshop for Flowers




I have been working for some time on a collection of Photoshop techniques specifically for flowers. These range from realistic adjustments to abstract results.


For this image I cut some hydrangea blossoms in my garden and put them in a simple clear textured vase. I photographed this on my hardwood floor with beautiful light coming in from the east.


Then I copied the background layer twice. On the 2nd one I added a Glamour Glow with NIK Color Efex Pro 4.

On the top layer, I used NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 and used the preset called Deep 1.

Finally I added a layer filled with 50% Gray and set to a blend mode of Overlay. With the brush at a low opacity (around 20%) I dodged and burned several areas with white and black.

This is a brief overview of the process… more details will be available in the final collection of techniques.