I have 2 photos: before and after. I've been trying to achieve this effect for two months, but every time something is wrong. Help please. Maybe, some special plug-in is used for this processing? Especially, I am interested in amazing sharpness, lighting, sunny tone.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Where did the original photos come from? \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Commented Aug 17, 2012 at 13:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ Personally, I like the before a lot better then after. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 17, 2012 at 13:27
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    \$\begingroup\$ That photo shows distinct signs of at least being influenced by Kevin Kubota. (And I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn that it used his actions/presets for LR and/or PS. They're nothing you can't create yourself, of course, but you trade money for time.) Have you watched his "Post Pro" series on YouTube? It starts here: youtube.com/watch?v=HciuI39pbUs \$\endgroup\$
    – user2719
    Commented Aug 17, 2012 at 20:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ Sharpness is not noticeably different. I wouldn't try to replicate the sharpness, look at contrast instead. \$\endgroup\$
    – dpollitt
    Commented Aug 20, 2012 at 16:14

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This reminds me a great deal of the filter "Glamour Glow" which is part of a filter pack by Nik Software called "Color Efex Pro 4". They do have a free trial and this may be a good start to get the glow effect.

  • Increase the contrast - globally and additional local contrast in the trees and other areas (when you say amazing sharpness I think it's a big boost in contrast that you're noticing)
  • Increase saturation

  • Warm the image - you can see the greens have gone yellow

  • Vignette

  • In addtion, looks like they've applied some "glow" to the image. You can do this by duplicating the layer, blurring it at say 20-25 pixels, then setting the blend mode to overlay or soft light. That will further boost saturation and contrast as well.

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    \$\begingroup\$ you're answer gave me much more ideas than most of the tutorials I've read so far... \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 17, 2012 at 20:03

Try to increase the clarity and vibrance, which will give your image more punch


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