How to Create a Dreamy Glow Effect Photoshop Action

Started by vodanhphd, 04-29-2021

How to Create a Dreamy Glow Effect Photoshop Action
  04-29-2021, 11:37 AM

How to Create a Dreamy Glow Effect Photoshop Action
Step 1
Open your image in Photoshop. Make sure it's a background layer, and then create a New Layer and paint white glow around the subject. The painted area will be blurred later. Name this layer blur.
Step 2
Create a New Layer and paint over the area that you want to keep relatively sharp, for example the face. Name this layer sharp.
Step 3
Create a New File with these dimensions. Fill the canvas with black using the Paint Bucket Tool (G), and then create a New Layer. Take a hard, round brush, lower its Opacity, and paint three white circles with various levels of opacity. To make the circle more opaque, click a few times instead of once.
Step 4
Hide the background and go to Edit > Define Pattern. Give it a name and click OK.
Step 5
Go back to the previous image. Open the Actions panel and create a new action. Give it a name. Now everything you do will be recorded.
Step 6
Create a New Layer under the blur layer. Go to Edit > Fill and fill it with black.
Step 7
Go to the Channels tab and duplicate the Red channel. Change its name to blur, switch back to the RGB channel, and go back to the Layers tab.
Step 8
Hide the mask layers. Duplicate the background layer with Control-J and go to Filter > Blur > Lens Blur. Select blur channel as the Source and adjust the settings. Lower the Opacity if the blur appears too strong.
Step 9
Duplicate the background layer again and drag it over the previous copy. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Add a very strong blur, and then lower the Opacity of this layer to mix it with the layer below.
Step 10
Duplicate the background layer once more and drag it to the top. Hold Control and click the thumbnail of the sharp layer to take a selection from it. Then add a Layer Mask to hide everything that is not selected. Adjust the Opacity for the desired level of sharpness.
Step 11
Time to add the bokeh effect. Create a New Layer and go to Edit > Fill. Use Pattern, select the pattern you created earlier,  and select Random Fill as a Script. Go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate.

Step 12
Change the Blend Mode to Overlay. Go to Filter > Blur > Lens Blur. Here you can adjust the settings to create the kind of bokeh you need. After the filter is applied, lower the Opacity to control the intensity of the effect. Put this layer into a group (Control-G).
[Image: dreamy-glow-effect-19.jpg]
Step 13
Add a Layer Mask with the selection from the blur layer to the group. Duplicate the background and drag it under the bokeh layer. Add Gaussian Blur to it. Take a selection from the bokeh, and add it as a Layer Mask.
[Image: dreamy-glow-effect-20.jpg]
[Image: dreamy-glow-effect-21.jpg]
Step 14
Let's add a subtle color adjustment as a finishing touch. Add a Selective Color adjustment. Make the Whites brighter, and the Blacks slightly brighter and bluer.
[Image: dreamy-glow-effect-22.jpg]
[Image: dreamy-glow-effect-23.jpg]
[Image: dreamy-glow-effect-25.jpg]
Step 15
Stop recording.
[Image: dreamy-glow-effect-24.jpg]
The best thing about Photoshop actions is that they can be used multiple times on various images, creating a different effect every time. Just click "play" to add this glow effect to other photos. Then you can experiment with the adjustments and opacity of the layers to customize the effect.
[Image: dreamy-glow-effect-finalsample-2.jpg]
[Image: dreamy-glow-effect-finalsample-3.jpg]
[Image: dreamy-glow-effect-finalsample-1.jpg]

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