Photo Effects

Morning Glow

Make ordinary photo dramatic and interesting. Follow this Photoshop tutorial to learn how to create a soft morning glow effect with just two layers.

Before and After Morning Glow Photoshop Tutorial


Morning Glow Photoshop Tutorial


Step 1: Open an image


First, open a photo into Photoshop. To do this, open the File menu and select Open. If you do not have a photo to work on, you may download the photo used in this tutorial and open it into Photoshop.

This is the image that will be used for this Photoshop tutorial.


Step 2: Create a new layer

Press the Create a new layer button in the Layers pallet. Then change the blending mode of Layer 1 to Screen.

New Layer


Step 3: Add a Gradient

First, set the foreground color to white. You can do this quickly by pressing d and then x.

Now select the Gradient tool from the toolbar on the left. Select the radial gradient option (default is linear). Drag a line from one point to another to create a glow. You may undo and retry until you get the glow that looks natural in the photo.

Gradient

Morning Glow Photoshop Tutorial


Step 4: Add a Photo Filter

Now we’re going to add a Photo Filter adjustment layer. To do this, go to Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Photo Filter. Use the default settings but set the density to 100%.

Photo Fitler


Step 5: Change the blending mode

Change the blending mode to Overlay and reduce the opacity if desired.

Layer Settings


Final Results

Original Photo

Morning Glow Photoshop Effect

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