"Diffuse Glow" filter
effect in Paintshop Pro
by Emma Powell
A popular style to give a soft glowing
effect to make a dreamy or glamour photo is very easy to get with
a combination of a few native Effects in Paintshop Pro. Each of
the settings can be adjusted to achieve varying amounts of glow,
diffusing the light, and soft focus, so try with several variations
to achieve the desired look from subtle to dramatic!
1. Open a photo, portraits often
are the best candidates. Make a duplicate layer of the original
photo by going to Layer>Duplicate, or click the Duplicate Layer
at the top of the Layers Palette.
2. To define the light areas for
the soft glow effect, go to Adjust>Brightness and Contrast>Brightness/Contrast.
Increase brightness to blow out the highlights where the "glow"
will appear, and increase contrast to darken the areas to exclude
from the glow effect. The more brightness and contrast, the more
glow effect created. The example will create a more subtle glow,
so try more brightness and contrast for more dramatic glamour
3. To soften the glow effect, blur
the top layer. Go to Adjust>Blur>Gaussian Blur and increase
to about 3-10 depending on the specific photo and the amount of
4. To blend the two layers, change
the Layer Bledning Mode in the Layers Palette to Screen. The Blending
Mode is accessed in the Layers Palette by scrolling to the right
and clicking on the Arrow for the drop down menu
5. Lower the layer Opacity to customize
how much of the top glow layer is visible. The Layer Opacity slider
is located next to the Eye Icon and the 100%. In the example the
Opacity is set at 60%:
6. Also try other Blending Modes
like Luminance to decrease the color saturation, or Overlay to
7. Optional steps to further customize
the effect include adjusting the Saturation on either the base
photo or the glow layer by going to Adjust>Hue/Saturation>Hue/Saturation.
Also try sharpening the focus on the base photo by going to Adjust>Sharpen>Unsharp
based on original tutorials for
Photoshop Elements by Matt Urmenyhazi
For a printable version of this
Quick Class, click here