PhotoShop Tips III: Make Photos POP

Posted on June 17th, 2009 by Jean

PhotoShop Tips III: Make Photos POP + Spotlight Effect

Step 1: In your Layers Window, drag Background to the layers icon twice to make 2 additional layers.

Step 2: On your top layer, choose Image, Adjustments, Desaturate. In your Layers Window, change the blending mode to Overlay.

Step 3: On your 2nd layer, choose Filter, Blur, Gaussian Blur. Set the pixels to 2.5. Change blending mode to Overlay.

OPTIONAL Step 4: On top layer, choose Filter, Render, Lighting Effects. In the Style Drop Down Tab, choose 2 o’clock spotlight. Center your white weight point, and pull your upper weight point to the top right corner.

Step 5: Layer, Flatten Image. File, Save As.

You can experiment with this effect. In another of my photos (Mi Casa), I desaturated the top layer (blend mode: overlay) and reduced opacity to 20%. I also did not include a 2nd/blurred layer, nor incorporated the spotlight.

Thanks for reading!

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4 Responses to "PhotoShop Tips III: Make Photos POP"

  1. Ok. That does it. Now I HAVE to get photoshop. That looks like fun.


    jeanhasbeenshopping Reply:

    Yay! Amy saves the day! I should give you PhotoShop!


  2. I have the discs around here somewhere but they’re from…..before I had stretch marks………14 years ago? So technically that would be ethical if I merely upgraded with yours, right??


  3. Sounds ethical to me!


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