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To Glow or not to Glow
Old 11-18-2005, 04:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've just discovered the diffused Glow filter. What do you think, does it add anything to the image? Or is it just too much?



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Old 11-18-2005, 04:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My $.02.. She's a gorgeous model. You don't need the effects to make her glow. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: To Glow or not to Glow
Old 11-18-2005, 06:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't think it adds anything to your first photo. It probably has a place in your bag, but this one needs nothing.
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Old 11-18-2005, 08:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Personal taste I guess. I think Vic and Ray are right with this photo, it stands nicely the way it is. I do like the glow for a "dreamy effect" though and probably use it more than I should. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] Great model and shot by the way...

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Old 11-18-2005, 10:52 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The DG isn't always for a "dreamy" effect though. You should do it in moderation, and on a seperate layer so you can adjust opacity to scale it back as necessary. Also, I would suggest that you use the healing brush to do some blending, especially on the faces, so that the areas of brightness aren't so abrupt.

Used this way, the diffuse glow can give flat photos some much needed highlights. That said, this image doesn't need it.

Not a fantastic photo but a decent example:

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Old 11-18-2005, 10:58 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Ditto everybody else. No go on the glow.
This girl has a beautiful face but my eye keeps ending up in that bright speck on her nose. Not good.
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Old 11-18-2005, 11:39 AM   #7 (permalink)
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personally, i use DG sparingly. but its an excellent tool that can give you some great results and, if you thumb thru beauty and fashion and other magazines, you see it used quite often.

i find the trick is to apply the filter selectively. if you simply make a copy layer of your whole image and apply it, it's going to be most evident on the highlights and will blow them out if you add too much DG. (which is what it did in your example.) so you might find that you'll want to do some selective erasing of the effect on the layer.

another way is to press ctrl-alt-~ to select only the highlights in the image. you can either make a copy layer of the highlights and apply the DG to the copy and then erase (at various levels of opacity) where you don't want it. or, after selecting the highlights, you can go to the "select" pulldown and select "inverse" and then make a copy (ctrl-J) of the non-highlights. turn off the backgound layer and erase the areas you don't want the DG applied to. now apply the DG and adjust and manipulate to taste.



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Old 11-18-2005, 01:45 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for your thought every one, and the cool tips.
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Old 11-18-2005, 01:53 PM   #9 (permalink)
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My experience has been that when I first discovered it I loved diffuse glow, but after a short while its effect wore thin and now I generally don't like it. Now if I can tell it's been used I don't like it. That just my opinion, I may be wrong (nod towards Dennis Miller).
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