How to Make an Aura in Photoshop

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Whether or not you believe in gently coloured swathes of colour that surround people yet remain mostly undetectable to the untrained eye, creating an aura requires no psychic powers when you use Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop's graphic design tools allow users to open a flat, ordinary image and transform it to another dimension with the addition of auras. Using software to add auras to people in a photograph means shedding new light, either soft and welcoming or ominous and portending --- something not captured in the original image.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open Adobe Photoshop. Click the "File" menu. Click "Open." Navigate to the photo to add an aura onto and double-click its file name.

  2. 2

    Click the top-left square of the "Color Picker" at the bottom of the "Tools" pane. Choose a light, bright colour for the base of the aura and click the "OK" button.

  3. 3

    Click the "Brush" tool, the paintbrush icon in the middle of the "Tools" pane. Pull down the brush head drop-down menu on the toolbar at the top of the workspace. Select the fuzzy round brush head and slide the "Size" bar to "20." Without clicking, hover the cursor near the outside of the person's body. If the aura size seems too small or too large, resize the "Size" slider.

  4. 4

    Click the "New Layer" icon on the bottom of the "Layers" palette. A new Layer 1 will be added. Drag the cursor around the outline of the person to form the first part of the aura.

  5. 5

    Double-click Layer 1 to open the "Layers" palette. Click the "Inner Glow" line under the "Styles" section. This will put a check in the "Inner Glow" box, open the "Inner Glow" window and add a glow to the aura.

  6. 6

    Click into the unmarked coloured box -- yellow by default -- to the right of the radio button on the window. Select a colour for the glow, such as the same one used for the base of the aura.

  7. 7

    Adjust with the slider bars on the "Inner Glow" window to change the appearance of the aura. Click the "OK" button when satisfied.

Tips and warnings

  • To add an additional burst of glow to the aura, check the "Outer Glow" box on the "Styles" column of the "Layer Style" window. Open the "Outer Glow" dialogue window and experiment with some of the options to further customise the aura.

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