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In this Photoshop learn some interesting techniques you can do with Blur and glow effects.
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Hey everybody, it's me again. Today, we’re going to do something a little different. We’re going to mess with curves and blur in a little specific tutorial. I want to call “quickie.” So go ahead and open the images I supplied. If not, just go ahead and get your own. Right away, let's get to it.
So go to curves and go to the red channel. Now, the reason we’re going to mess with them individually is because we’re going to turn the colors a little different on each one. So turn as I do here, just follow along. I mean, if you need to pause, go ahead. Alright. Now, as you can see, it changes the colors just a little bit like on the shadows and such. It kind of turns them a little—more colorful and rich in like the blue and green tones.
Now, we’re going to go for our RGB again. And when you do, we’re going to put some more contrast in this. Now, once we got the layer of the wave as we like it, we’re going to go ahead and duplicate it. And so to do that, we’re going to go to the layers again and we’re going to grab that layer and bring it to the ‘create new layer’ icon, and that’s going to duplicate the current layer that we’re going to be on. So let's go ahead and fix this. And we get to the way we like it, hit OK and there it is. Now it's duplicated. Grab it, drop it, you have two now.
Now, select the new one that you just made, and let's go to image, adjustment. I can do this with curve or brightness and contrast. I find that it’s easier just doing it with brightness and contrast. If you have Photoshop CS3, you're going to notice there's a legacy option. Go ahead and click it on so you can get this crazy contrast that is no longer available with the new contrast tool.
So I’ll do that, put it on something really crazy. And now, we’re going to go to the blurring option. When we blur it, we’re going to want to blur it so it's pretty, pretty blurry, but not to the point where it's just a blob because you want to keep some of the detail because these details are going to be eventually become the glow that our light is going to produce. So Gaussian Blur under filter and it messed with it. However, your picture looks better. I mean each picture is going to have a different resolution, so whatever that actually works for you.
Alright, so now that you got it the way you need it, change the opacity, so you can start seeing the details behind it. And what you want to do is kind of give it a nice balance, kind of – you can go to the lower half, don’t go too past 50. And once you get to the desired spot, go ahead and stop, then you're good and that’s pretty much it.
There's also other things you can do, but we’ll get into that later. Anyway, have a good time and just keep practicing.