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Old 03-12-2005, 06:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do you guys normally set or use the Diffuse Glow effect?

P.S. I don't mean going over board.....
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It can vary widely there is no standard setting in my mind, it really depends on the shot and what you like. I could show you 10 different ways I like it on one shot then someone could turn around and show me 20 ways they like it.


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Old 03-13-2005, 01:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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How do you guys normally set or use the Diffuse Glow effect?

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Personally, I usually have the "Graininess" set to zero... the Glow Amount starts somewhere between 7 and 10... more increases the glow. Try setting the Glow Amount to 1 and you'll see just the barest of effect..

The Clear Amount works inversely proportional to the setting.. that is, the lower the number the greater the effect. Rarely do I go below 8 or so.. and rarely more than 15.

On additional thing to try... once you've done your Diffuse Glow, before doing anything else go to EDIT >FADE DIFFUSE GLOW. When that little transaction box comes up you can fade out the effect to your liking.. but another thing you can try is to leave the opacity set at 100%, but change the mode to LUMINOSITY and watch a bit of color be re-introduced into your image. A very cool effect.

Have fun playing!

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First, copy the image to create another layer. That way, you can adjust the 0-100% layers slider to vary the effect antime after the fact. Then, usually Grain 0, Glow 3, Clear 11-13. Then, the layer is usually blended with the other layers at around 25-40%.

You can also reduce the contrast on the diffuse glow layer before blending it with the other layers to reduce the hotspots created by the glow.

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Graininess is what it is, either you want that mottled effect or you don't. I usually set mine to zero.

Glow will seek out all the highlights in your image and enhance them and the surrounding area, creating your glow. The higher the setting, the brighter the glow, and the bigger the surrounding area. For me, I select a level that, like you said, doesn't overdo the effect so much it appears obvious, or if I go beyond that and LET it be obvious, so that it doesn't distort the overall image.

Clear washes your whole image, evening out the glow by adding highlight to the lowlights, but not diminishing the glow. If you experiment you'll see that a really low setting here can help you create what I call "watermark images" to use as a background for text, etc. Where I set the clear feature for regular images is an image to image selection, there is no "standard".

I used to use this feature on about everything, but no so much anymore. I'm trying to challenge myself a little more with levels and color balance, but still, when I'm editing down a photoset, I will generate an DF image from my finished edit, to see how they come out. I REALLY like the Monochromes you get from a DF edited image, too.

Hope all that blather helps! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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I can see by the other posts as well that there is no set answer but a lot of fun trying, I tried using it before and didn't like it, because I had set the background color to something other than white, when I found out what it did wow! Now its old and passe for alot you GGers, but I'm having fun with it now.

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