Photoshop tutorial – Applying bloom
An extremely easy and extremely fast way of giving your pictures a surreal quality.
In this tutorial I will teach you how to apply a bloom effect to your photoes. First let me explain what bloom effect is. Bloom is often reffered to as "Light Bloom" or "Glow". It simulates something our eyes do in real life. It slurs light colors to darker ones, making the picture more suggestive. The bloomed picture's light bleeds beyond it's natural borders. It's often used in gaming.
Before - After
First, create a new photoshop document. Size doesn't matter, but I used this picture as a base:
The first thing you would want to do would be selecting the area you want to bloom via selection tools (lasso, magnet, etc). In my case, I selected the scene you can see from the window. Like this:
Then, right-click th selection and press "layer via Copy":
If you did JUST what I told you to, you should have 2 layers, like this:
Now's the moment where we apply bloom to the "Layer 1". Now we apply Gaussian blur... Go to Filters/Blur/Gaussian Blur. A new window will pop asking you the radius of blur.
Set it around 40. And press OK. This is what your image should look at this point:
But that won't cut it just yet, it looks like steam got caught on the window... Which isn't exactly what we're aiming for, right? Well, change the "Layer 1" blend mode to "Screen".
Press CTRL+J to duplicate "Layer 1" and to increase the bloom effect... The end result should be something like:
And that's how you apply bloom to the picture... You don't have to limit yourself to gaussian blur though... Try motion, radial, whatever you imagine...
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