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PS bloom effect?

Postby Jameslong on Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:47 pm

Anybody know a clever way to create a bloom effect in photoshop? In the past, I've duplicated the layer to be 'bloomed,' gaussian blurred it, reduced transparency, then shifted the blurry layer to 'screen' but the effect isn't always apparent enough...
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Re: PS bloom effect?

Postby Lianweijun086 on Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:47 am

I dunno what a bloom effect is... Could you show me what you're talking about?
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Re: PS bloom effect?

Postby BionicDance on Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:12 pm

Try 'Linear Dodge' instead of 'Screen', and don't reduce the transparency.

Also...multiple layers can be your friend.
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Re: PS bloom effect?

Postby Jameslong on Thu Sep 10, 2009 3:07 pm

Lianweijun086 wrote:I dunno what a bloom effect is... Could you show me what you're talking about?

here's a bloom effect:

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Notice the soft light... it's kinda like an american soap opera, or the view with barbara walters, where they apply vaseline to the camera lens so she doesn't look 180 years old.

Bionicdance:
thank you for the pointer, I'll give it a try!
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Re: PS bloom effect?

Postby Jameslong on Thu Sep 10, 2009 3:16 pm

With bloom:
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without bloom:
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I have to say the linear dodge gives much better results than screen. Thanks again Bionic!
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Re: PS bloom effect?

Postby BionicDance on Thu Sep 10, 2009 5:39 pm

Jameslong wrote:I have to say the linear dodge gives much better results than screen. Thanks again Bionic!


Happy to help! :)

I actually just found that one out recently myself; was looking at tutorials for making star fields and they had a technique for basically making bloom-halos around stars using Linear Dodge and Blur. When I saw your post, I was pretty sure the same thing could be used for what you were trying. So yer kinna lucky, timing-wise, on this question. :)
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