Create an Angelic Glow in Photoshop Elements 11 - dummies

Create an Angelic Glow in Photoshop Elements 11

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

You can create an angelic glow with the Gaussian Blur filter in Photoshop Elements 11. Sometimes, a little blur can add a soft, romantic mood or an angelic glow that can improve glamour photos, pictures of kids, or even an object as mundane as a flower. The secret is to apply only enough blurring to provide the soft effect you want without completely obliterating your original subject.

This assumes, of course, that the subject doesn’t deserve obliteration, that the kids are your own (or those of a close friend or relative), and that they are, in fact, of that rare angelic variety.

You won’t want to use this effect on other subjects, such as men, who generally like a rugged, masculine appearance. Many senior citizens regard the age lines on their faces as badges of distinction earned over a long, rewarding life. Don’t try softening them with glowing effects.

To add an angelic glow to your little angel, just follow these steps:

1In Expert mode, open an image.

In the image shown, a trio of cute little kids was used.

2Choose Layer→Duplicate Layer.

This creates a copy of the image layer.

3With the duplicate layer selected in the Layers panel, choose Filter→Blur→Gaussian Blur.

Gaussian Blur softens the upper layer, producing an airy glow.

4Move the Radius slider to the right to produce a moderate amount of blur and then click OK to apply the blurring effect.

A value of 3 was used.

5In the Layers panel, choose Lighten from the Modes drop-down menu. Use the Opacity slider (click the right-pointing arrow to access the slider) to reduce the amount of glow.

The Opacity was reduced to 75%.

6Choose Layer→Flatten Image to combine all layers.

Experiment with different amounts of Gaussian Blur until you find the perfect glowing effect.