The autumnal glow | Photoshop Tutorial

12.10.15 shinyglittercupcake 9 Comments

Autumn is here and taking/editing pictures the same way you did in summer doesn't feel right anymore. I'll show you the quickest yet effective way to add that autumnal glow to your photos, using Photoshop.
First you need to adjust brightness and colour temperature of your photo. Get it brighter and more red toned. Once you've done that, you can just follow the steps below.

Open two new layers to your project and select two warm colours, one nearly white, the other a light orange. Now use one colour on each layer, painting it roughly. Depending on your picture, you can concentrate the colours in one corner each, use it on certain spots or only use one of them. Just remember, white is going to highlight, resembling  gloomy sunlight, and the orange shade will tint the picture.

After painting, use "Gaussian Blur" on each layer. After that there shouldn't be any visible strokes left. If there are, repeat. ;)

Now your picture is covered in a mist of orangey light. To blend it in properly, simply set both layer modes to "Soft Light". And that's exactly what it looks like now. Your photo is covered in soft, vivid light, looking bright and cozy.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. More photos which I edited using this technique: Autumnal Impressions
Tell me if you know some other tricks to get that autumnal feeling onto your photos!
Did you try this one?

Thank you for reading!
Have a nice day!

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  1. This is an interesting technique, but wouldn't it be easier if you were to create a single gradient layer from the layer adjustments panel and blurred the colours from there onwards? Whatever the case, I like the colouring. You've done a lovely job of brightening and tinting the photo!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. I've thought about using one layer in the beginning. But rather than merging both colours I wanted them to overlay each other. Does this make sense? ^^


  2. Nice tutorial babe♥

  3. thanks for sharing useful information :)

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  4. great post dear! I love your blog:)

  5. This is exactly the post I needed! THANK YOU x 10!
    The Rad Wife