Of the 55 filters in Color Efex Pro 4, one of the most versatile is “Glamour Glow.” This filter creates a softening effect with a mild glow that is most often used in portraits. However, I’ve found it to be a perfect choice for smoothing out skies in HDR images and landscapes. To get this effect, you’ll want to add the Glamour Glow filter in Color Efex Pro 4 and dial up the saturation slider a bit. Then, use Control Points to restrict the effect to just the sky. You may need to use a combination of plus (+) and minus (-) Control Points to get the look just right.
Here’s a video tutorial of how I use Glamour Glow on HDR/Landscape images:
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3 thoughts on “Using Glamour Glow on Skies and Clouds”
That’s just plain brilliant, Jason! The clouds look so much better.
Great tutorial. Shows me that I need to really dig into my C 4 and really learn that plug-in.
Well, well, so you have deleted my comments again?:) You still only want to hear the nice words isn’t it Jason? Nice this, nice that? It seems a bit of criticism is not your piece of cake, is it?