Today we show you how to light up your photos with an out-of-this-world glow effect in Photoshop! Learn how to create a glowing ring effect from scratch, integrate it into a photograph, add particle effects with a custom brush, and more. And best of all, we’re including a free custom Photoshop Brush and the completed PSD for you to experiment with on your own!
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0:00 – Introduction
0:30 – Darken the Image with Levels
0:59 – Create a Glowing Ring Using Shapes, Blurs, and Blending Modes
9:51 – Place the Glowing Ring Behind the Subject
11:25 – Integrate Lighting Around Edges of the Subject with the Brush Tool
16:37 – Integrate Lighting into the Subject’s Hair
19:12 – Add More Lighting Effects with Blend If and Blending Modes
25:47 – Integrate the Glowing Ring Effect into the Ground Around the Subject
30:44 – Create Particle Effects with a Custom Brush
34:23 – Quick and Easy Color Grading
35:29 – Enhance the Overall Effect
36:23 – Refine the Effect and Add Variation with Layer Masks
37:42 – The Final Image!
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