Life & Style tutorial: Earth-shaking Photoshop tips

14. Select all layers and duplicate them, so go to Layer > Merge Layers to merge all duplicated layers to one. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, set the amount to 20 pixels, and change the blending mode to Screen. This will add a nice glow to the image.

15. Grab a big, soft black brush and paint at the top and bottom of the image. This will create a vignette effect, which will draw viewers’ attention to the centre of the image.

Who: Based in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Fabio Sasso is a graphic and web designer. As well as running Zee, a small web-design studio, Sasso has a creative arts blog, Abduzeedo, which he uses for tutorials, experiments, and articles about Photoshop, Illustrator and other creative applications.
Software: Adobe Photoshop
Time to complete: 2 hours
On the CD: Files for this tutorial can be found on the cover CD.

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