Photo Effect Photoshop

How to Create a Warm, Soft Glow Photo Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a warm, soft glow photo effect in Photoshop. This effect is perfect for pictures of food like cakes and cupcakes. Here’s the effect we’ll be creating:

Soft Glow Photo Effect

To create a warm, soft glow photo effect in Photoshop, you’ll need:

  • A recent version of Photoshop

Step 1

Open your image in Photoshop. I have used this stock image.

Soft Glow Photo Effect Original

Now, create a Curves adjustment layer by clicking on the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer option at the bottom of the layers palette and selecting Curves from the list that appears.

Soft Glow Photo Effect Curves

We will adjust the contrast of the photo by using the color picker options. Select the white color picker from the Curves option box and click on the lightest part of your picture. Similarly, select the black color picker from the Curves option box and click on a dark spot on your picture.

Soft Glow Photo Effect Curves Color Picker

Step 2

Next, create a Selective Color adjustment layer by clicking on the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer option at the bottom of the layers palette and selecting Selective Color from the list that appears. Use the settings shown below.

Warm Glow Photo Effect Selective Color Whites

Warm Glow Photo Effect Selective Color Neutrals

Warm Glow Photo Effect Selective Color Blacks

Step 3

Finally, we will lighten the top of the picture. To do so, create a Gradient adjustment layer by clicking on the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer option at the bottom of the layers palette and selecting Gradient from the list that appears. Choose a white to transparent gradient and use the settings shown below.

Warm Glow Photo Effect Gradient

Change the Gradient adjustment layer’s blending mode to Soft Light.

Warm Glow Photo Effect Gradient Blending Mode

Now, duplicate the Gradient adjustment layer and lower the duplicate layer’s opacity to 50%.

Warm Glow Photo Effect Gradient Duplicate

And we’re done! The warm, soft glow photo effect is complete!

Soft Glow Photo Effect

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Tabish Shaikh

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