Creating a "Background Glow" in Photoshop
I see this effect a lot in websites and feel envious because I'm like King Kong with boxing gloves on trying to operate Photoshop sometimes.
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Check this URL out, they have a brownish header background, but there is a slight white-ish glow/blur in the middle behind the actual photo. Can someone summarize or point me to a tutorial of how to achieve this in Photoshop?
Since the links to my original post went down, I'll reproduce the steps here:
- Create a new document, I created a new 1000 by 250 pixel document.
Double click the background layer to unlock it, fill it with your desired color. I filled mine with #342f29
Create a new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N in Windows)
- Set your forground color to your "glow" color. I used #8f8170
- Select the Gradient Tool. Note: It may be hidden underneath your Paint Bucket Tool.
- Select the Radial Gradient option from the toolbar.
Set your gradient to "Foreground To Transparent"
Drag your gradient wherever you want the glow to be. I wanted mine to have a "sunset" effect, so, I click and dragged from the bottom, to the top.
Optional: Additional Glows & Texture
- Create a new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N in Windows)
- Select your secondary glow color (could be the same as the first). I wanted something really subtle, so I chose #403b34
Changes your gradient type to Linear. Keep the gradient set to "Foreground to Transparent"
Drag out your gradient as desired. I just made it go from bottom to top.
Let's add some texture. Create a new layer.
- Fill it with White (#ffffff)
Filter >> Noise >> Add Noise...
- Set the layer blending to "Darken"
- Lower the opacity to your liking. I chose 5%
PS. I love the analogy "I'm like King Kong with boxing gloves on trying to operate Photoshop sometimes."
1) Inner glow in Photoshop? Double-click on the layer to bring up the Layer Style menu and click / select "Inner Glow". Play with the settings (swapping between Center and Edge for a Source will yield wildly different results).
2) Duplicate the layer, use the gradient that Scott suggested (gradient tool with a radial gradient) and create a light gradient. Then change the gradient layer from "Normal" to Screen / Soft Light / Hard Light (depending on which one looks best to you). You can also fiddle with the opacity, so if you want a more subtle effect you can dial down the opacity.