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    Photoshop - background glow / Gradient

    Hey guys,

    I am trying to figure out how this one background was done.
    It looks like a Gradient, but I can't seem to do it myself.

    Please check out the pictures sample and let me know how this can be done..

    http://electra-fire.smugmug.com/gall...4461#221775483
    It goes from light to dark but it seems to glow around the guy, not just in a circle.

    Any help is good help.

    Thanks!

    E

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    Here's one really simple method:


    - Fill your background layer with a dark color.

    - Create a new layer and select a lighter shade of the same color.

    - Select the brush tool, choose a brush with a soft edge. Click, and you're done.




    Of course, you can experiment with color tones, opacity, brush sizes, softness, etc., until you get the look you want.


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    Ok I can try that :-)
    Thanks Mike P

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    No probs....post the results of your image if you get a chance!

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    I actually have another technique to suggest that is almost opposite of what MikeP suggested, but not necessarily any better. (it's a matter of which technique you feel better using)

    I would fill the background with the light color
    Then I would use the lasso tool with a 125-250 px feather to draw a selection around the subject
    Select Inverse
    Create a new levels adjustment layer
    Drag the middle slider to the right to darken your selection.

    I personally like this technique because the mask is editable (so I can use a large, soft brush to darken more or less, or even use a lower opacity brush to make the change in tone more gradual) I also like it because with the lasso tool you can customize the halo effect to the general shape of your subject (or just use the circular marquee tool with a feather to create a circle)

    Anyway.. Just something more for you to experiment with. Have fun!

    -SD

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