Blend Modes for Environmental Lighting

Photoshop Proving Ground

Blend Modes for Environmental Lighting

In the March issue, I show you a fast but realistic approach to adding environmental glow to photographs. I consider this an essential technique because the effect can add lots of drama or fill in creative, subtle details.

There are lots of methods out there, but my favorites involve getting the image itself to contribute most of the effort, and that means leveraging what’s already in the image to the extent possible.

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By taking advantage of blending modes and a few tricks that use a little insider knowledge, it’s quick and relatively simple to get a wide range of effects.

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