How to Create a Glow Around a Picture in Photoshop 2

Written by sean mann
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Adding a glow to your picture is an interesting effect you can perform in Adobe Photoshop CS2. The glow can range from barely a shimmer to a dramatic outline. You can use a combination of layer settings and the Gaussian Blur effect to create a glow for your picture. The entire process is only a few steps and should work in all Adobe Photoshop versions.

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  1. 1

    Start Adobe Photoshop CS2, and open your picture.

  2. 2

    Press Ctrl+J on the keyboard to create a duplicate layer of your picture. If the keyboard shortcut doesn't work, click "Duplicate Layer" from the Layer menu on top. You now have two layers, a background layer and a copy of that layer.

  3. 3

    Click the duplicate layer in the Layers palette box. It is the layer not named "background".

  4. 4

    Select "Overlay" mode from the "Blend Mode" drop-down menu in the top left corner of the Layers palette box. The "Blend Mode" increases the colour saturation and contract of your picture. You can use "Soft Light" instead of "Overlay" if you want to make the glowing effect more subtle.

  5. 5

    Click the "Filter" menu at the top, then click "Blur," and select "Gaussian Blur." Set a Radius value around 8 pixels. Use the preview option to help you determine an appropriate value. Click "OK" to save and exit.

  6. 6

    Lower the "Opacity" value in the top right corner of the Layers palette if you want to reduce the glowing effect. Opacity values you may want to try are 75 per cent and 50 per cent.

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