Category: Effects

Shimmering Light Effect
By Martin Evening

A few years ago I was looking to create a cover image for a new book and came up with the idea of a model in semi-profile, surrounded by a cool shimmering light. This is a look I’d used on a number of PR beauty photo shoots that had proved popular with a lot of clients. Essentially, I wanted to apply a cool white balance to a studio portrait photo of a model and overlay the image with a rippled lighting effect.

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Using “Helper Layers” When Retouching Your Photos
By Scott Valentine

Retouching often requires you to go between extreme detail and looking at the overall image. It can be a real challenge to keep track of everything that needs to be done, especially after a significant amount of time staring at the same image. Even worse, sometimes corrections we make with cloning and healing may leave artifacts behind that aren’t easy to spot. This issue, I’ll show you how to use some “helper layers” that will make it easier both to find areas that need correction and to keep fatigue at bay.

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Adding a Soft Glamour Glow
By Lesa Snider

A soft glamour glow effect is incredibly useful when clients want to feel a little old-school Hollywood (think boudoir, wedding, and high school photography). In this column, you’ll learn how to use one of Photoshop’s oldest filters to quickly produce a soft and ethereal portrait effect that’s sure to please brides, prom queens, and princesses of any kind.

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