Add Easy Effects For A Dramatic Look

Open the image you want to use:

First, duplicate your layer.

Next, you will want to cut out the main object. I used the magnetic lasso tool for the guy in my picture. You can use whichever tool is easiest for you.

Once you have the whole image press Control J to put it on a separate layer.

If you want, you can temporaily hide the other layers so you can just see your main image and fix anything you need to.

(I had to erase a little part of the background that I missed with the lasso tool)

Now we will add the effects. Right click your new layer and go to Blending Options.

First we will add a stroke. Here were my settings:

You should have something similar to this:

Now and outerglow. And again, here are my settings:

The only thing you probably cant tell is I slightly changed the color. I kept it a yellowish-whtie just like the default, I just picked a little bit of a whiter color. I wanted to leave some of the yellow tint.

Now here is what mine looks like:

Next, I am going to repeat those steps for the soccer ball. This time I just used the elliptical marquee tool to cut the ball out. I kept the glow the same and slightly changed the stroke:

He needed a little more intensity so I went to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation: (I just changed the saturation number)

The results:

Next I clicked in my background layer, went to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur:

Your Blur number might be different, depends on the picture of course.

After that, I decided the background needed some color too. Once again, I went to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation: (Again, just the saturation number)

And thats it!

You could also desaturate the background for a different look:

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