Blurred edges

Soft glow

Radiant glow

Now let's try applying the same technique to a very different subject What's most noticeable here is how the blurred Darken layer bleeds into the surrounding sky Here, it's strong, and leaving off the top layer has produced an almost posterized effect The bleeding "shadows" hint at an early morning mist, and we can obviously reduce the layer's opacity if that seems to suit the image

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Here the sandwich is very simple The darken and screen layers were blurred using a Gaussian amount of and were then placed below a 50% opaque copy of the original image

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The same method can be the basis for a more high-key treatment when you duplicate the Darken layer and change the new layer's blending mode to Screen With the more high-key effect, you may have to increase the opacity of the top layer so that more detail remains in the image

Q Normal Q A Darken

B 100 B 100

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