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Part 8. Flattering Your Subjects > Adding a Soft Glow

Adding a Soft Glow

Ever notice the glow around starlets in black-and-white movies of the 20s and 30s? This halation effect was actually a flaw of early film, but audiences equated it with glamour. Soft focus is still a wonderful way to soften skin and hide pores.

With a portrait in the active image area, choose Layer, Duplicate Layer.

Click OK.

Choose Filter, Blur, Gaussian Blur.

Adjust the Radius of the blur for the amount of softening you want. Click OK.

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Gaussian Blur Radius

The Gaussian Blur option controls the extent of blurring. The image changes as you adjust the slider. Make it blurred enough to lose unwanted detail, but sharp enough so the viewer can't immediately tell it's out of focus.


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Preserving Layers

To preserve editable layers so you can return to the original image, save your work as a Photoshop (.psd) file. TIFF (.tif) files also have an option for saving layers.


Click the Eraser tool, or press E.

Adjust Opacity to 50%.

Click and drag in the image to paint over and reveal facial details you want to remain sharp.


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