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Pinoy Photoshop: Improve your Facebook profile picture using Diffuse Glow Effect
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Pinoy Photoshop: Improve your Facebook profile picture using Diffuse Glow Effect

by Eli AvellanozaNovember 13, 2012

If you want to connect with friends or meet new people on Facebook, you should look best on your profile picture because it is the first thing people will look at.

Professional photographers use special lenses to create soft focus effect on portraits. Soft Focus is an important effect in photography. It is commonly used in glamour shots and to some extent in wedding photography as well.

The good news is that you don’t have to go to a professional photographer (or a cosmetic surgeon) :) and spend a lot of money for your profile picture. Now you can pick any photo of yours and easily turn it into a marvelous (oh yeah!) profile picture.

In this Pinoy Photoshop tutorial, I will show you how to improve your Facebook profile picture using diffuse glow effect in Photoshop. This is pretty simple to do. Just follow the 7 simple steps.

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Before and After processing

Step 1. Open your image.

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I used a photo of Angel Locsin for this tutorial. Angel is a Filipina television and film actress and commercial model (courtesy of pinoyexchange.com).

Step 2. Press CTRL+J to duplicate the Background Layer to Layer 1

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Step 3 : Go to Filter>Distort>Diffuse Glow.

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Step 4 : The Diffuse Glow dialogue box opens. On the control panel enter the following values:

  • Graininess: 0
  • Glow amount: 12
  • Clear Amount :15

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Click OK.

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Glowing angel. This is how the result will look like

Step 5. With layer 1 still selected, Go to Edit>Fade Diffuse Glow.

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Step 6. When the Fade dialogue box opens change the Mode to Luminosity

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Step 7. Drag the Opacity Slider down. Amount will depend on your image (I used 75%). Click OK when satisfied.

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Your Final Result should be like this.

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About The Author
Eli Avellanoza
A science research specialist, Eli is also an artist and a book illustrator. He possesses extensive experience on both print and digital media. He creates various media designs and digital illustrations using advanced desktop publishing software such as CorelDraw, Adobe and 3D Studio Max . Eli created his own site Blographics to serve as a venue for his art and design works.

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