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Editing Toolbox: Creating a Golden Glow in Lightroom

editing toolbox free editing tutorials Mar 18, 2022

By Charlotte Reeves

Creating a golden glow in the background can add sparkle, interest and life to a photo - but it's not going to work with just any image. In this video, I explain what the effect is, why you'd want to add it, what types of images suit having this applied (and which don't) and also - exactly how to achieve it in Lightroom!

It's actually much quicker and easier than you'd expect.

A great little technique to add to your editing toolbox when your backlit images need just a bit more warmth and sparkle. ☀️


0:00 Intro

0:28 What is a Golden Glow

1:12 How to create a Golden Glow

1:27 What kind of images does this affect

1:57 What sort of images do suit this effect

2:20 How do we create this effect

2:51 Creating the Golden Glow Mask

4:42 Using the Dehaze Slider

10:25 Finishing Touches

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