Tag: Effects

Hard Mix Tricks
by Scott Valentine

When you think of useful blending modes, I’m going to bet that Hard Mix doesn’t show up at the top of your list. At first glance, it looks like a one-trick wonder, useful mostly for creating quirky pop art. Of course, there’s more to it than meets the eye, so let’s see what there is to discover about this underappreciated Photoshop tool.

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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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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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