Alley in Pisa, Italy

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Make a copy of the layer below the one with the lens flare and move it to the top. Change the blending mode to "difference". Then select the layer mask of the lens flare layer and do Apply Image, layer = Merge, channel = RGB, blending = normal. Now delete the "difference" layer that you just created. You'll probably want to use Curves on the mask. In case ...


The easiest way is to create a new layer and put the lens flare in the new layer and blend it with the photo. That way you don't even have to mask it and can work on the lens flare alone and toggle it on and off to easily review the effect of the lens flare. The second half of this video describes such a method in an educational way.

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