Adding Diffused Glow in Photoshop

Let’s add some diffused glow to this portrait.  Just in case it’s on the final.

Disclaimer:  I am by no means a PS guru, expert, teacher or anything of the sort.  I’m a student trying to learn the concepts motivated by my Photoshop final next week.  These posts are study aids to get me through this exam.

Diffused glow is filter to improve overall skin tone and complexion without retouching.  I have to remember to use it on metal and light bulbs.

To add diffused glow to portrait:

  1. Complete all retouching first
  2. Then do Stamp Visible of SOCE, (Shift, Option, Command E) to create merged layer without losing file structure
  3. Select white as foreground layer
  4. Select color of shadows as background layer using I – eyedropper
  5. On merged layer go to Filter->Distort->Diffused Glow
  6. Diffused Glow Dialog Box will open up. Settings graininess = 0, glow = 7, clear = 16 (to start)
  7. Add layer mask to duplicate layer. Mask to your desired effect.

Here’s the before image:

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Here’s the Diffused Glow dialog box:

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Here’s the final image after the adjusted mask:

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I chose to go pretty faint, but you can adjust the glow to your style.