ARCHIVE: How to make your images 'Glossy & Glowing'
Often I have to use pictures on my sites that aren't of very good quality; mostly bad lighting, low-resolution, too much noise and grains. I know I'm not the only one either but I could never figure out how to make my images "glow" like those glossy magazines. Here's a quick trick I found (using Paint Shop Pro 8+) that gives even dark/low-res images a very healthy "glow". I used PSP but I think it should work easily on Photoshop and other image editors with layers & layer-blending features.
- Put your image on a new layer, call it Layer Top.
- Copy Layer Top to Layer Middle and Layer Bottom and make sure the layers are ordered correctly.
- Select Layer Bottom and give it a Gaussian Blur of 2-4 pixels. If you don't have Gaussian Blur, use any appropriate method to blur the bottom layer. Don't blur too much.
- Change the Blend Mode for Layer Top to Multiply, Layer Middle to Screen. Keep Layer Bottom as Normal/Opaque.
- Tweak the Alpha/Opacity of Layer Top to perfect your glow. Opacity levels between 20%-40% work well for me.