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Photoshop Diagonal Light Effect Tutorial

Photoshop Tutorial - Style Through Her Eyes

I've wanted to share this lovely tutorial with you for a long time. Though I can not claim it as my own (I found it years ago online), it's definitely one of my favorites. It makes any photo look very soft and angelic. Plus, you can customize it to your liking to make it more or less dramatic. Shall we begin?

Open your image of choice in Photoshop and duplicate the layer.
You can do this by going to: Layer > Duplicate Layer.

Next, you'll want to apply a Soft Gaussian Blur.
Go to: Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set the radius to 3.0.

Now we need to add a Diagonal Motion Blur.
Go to: Filter > Blur > Motion Blur.

Make the following adjustments:
Angle: 45
Distance: 97 pixels

We're more than half way done! Now we need to take remove some of the blurryness.
Go to: Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask.

Adjust the levels to:
Amount: 164%
Radius: 126.6 pixels
Threshold: 0 levels

Set the blurred layer to "Screen" and set the Fill to 50%.

You can use the Eraser tool on a low opacity to gently get rid of some of the diagonal light effect on features that you might want to be more prominent. In this case, I used the Eraser tool on my eye area, nose and lips. Once you're satisfied, merge the two layers to one.

Go to: Layer > Merge Visible.

And you're done! You can play around with it until you're happy with the results. The higher the Fill is set in Step 5 the more the diagonal light will show.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Let me know if you try it yourself!


Rowena @ rolala loves said...

This effect gives off a really pretty sunwashed look! I think I may have a PS action that does the same thing and maybe I should be using it more ;)

Rowena @ rolala loves

alexis said...

This is a great tutorial! I am definitely saving it for the next time I am playing on Photoshop! (Something I do not do enough of!)

~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

Stephanie Loudmouth said...

It looks so pretty! Thank you for sharing this! I'm just learning Photoshop, so I'd love to see more tutorials! :)


Excellent tutorial. I love the diagonal effect. Will have to play more with Photoshop when I get the time. I agree with Steph, perhaps more posts like this in the future.

Sakuranko said...

Oh many thanks for your tutorial sweetie~

Elle Sees said...

i wish i had photoshop!! it's so useful!

Cheryl van den Berg said...

That's so awesomely done! Too bad I hardly ever use PhotoShop, but still, great tool to know. I also talk about photos in my post today.

Alicia Mackin said...

This is a GREAT tutorial good job!! Thanks for posting this.

Allie of ALLIE NYC

This Girl Gabbie said...

I love this tutorial! It's so simple and pretty.

Lisa Thompson said...

Gorgeous! I love the post edit effects and how they made the subject glow beautifully. I love how you made the tips seem so easy to do. Kudos to you for having such good editing skills and sharing them to your readers!

Lisa Thompson @ Controlled Color

Selenia said...

This is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for this tutorial!


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