Create a poster with great lighting effects.

Today, the author of the lesson will show you how using brushes, arbitrary shapes and changing layer styles in Adobe Photoshop CS5, you can create a beautiful lighting effect for posters. You can download the PSD file at the end of this lesson. Let’s start!

Final image

Get started by creating a new document (Ctrl + N) in Adobe Photoshop CS5 with a size of 1000px by 1000px in RGB color mode, with a resolution of 72 pixels per inch. On the menu Layers (Layer) add Layer style (Layer Style) and select Gradient overlay (Gradient overlay).

Click on the color bar to open it. Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) and set the control points as shown in the picture. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

We had the following background:

Choose a tool Ellipse(Ellipse tool) (U) to create a small ellipse:

Add a mask to the last layer and select a soft black brush with 20% opacity.

While on a layer mask, paint over the four zones, as shown in the image, to hide the ellipse layer.

Create New layer (Layer – New – Layer) (Ctrl + Shift + N) below the previous one, select a soft brush this time in white with 30% opacity:

With the selected brush, draw white spots as shown in the picture below:

Set the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay).

Add a mask and choose a soft black brush with 20% opacity.

Using this brush, paint on the layer, hiding the bottom of the ellipse.

Use the tool Ellipse(Ellipse tool) (U) to draw, you guessed it, an ellipse, a layer with which must be placed on top of the previous layer with an ellipse.

Add a layer style and select Inner shadow (Inner Shadow).

Add a Stamping (Bevel and Emboss):

Apply Gloss (Satin):

We got the following:

Using the same tool, create another ellipse color # FFC013.

By right-clicking on the layer containing the previous circle made, select Copy layer style (Copy Layer Style), right click again on the layer with the newly created ellipse and select Paste the style of the layerI (Paste Layer Style).

And now we can start creating color ray elements. # FFDE1B. In the toolbar, select the tool Arbitrary shape (Custom Shape Tool) (U), in property bars (Options bar) select Form (Shape) to open the selection menu. Find Registration Objective 2 (Regstration Target 2) and double click the shape thumbnail to select it.

Wedge and drag to draw a shape. Select internal reference points with the tool Arrow (Direct Selection Tool) (A) while holding Shift. Select Free transformation (Ctrl + T) by setting Preserving image proportions (Maintain Aspect Ratio) to unite them in the central part.

Holding Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) click between the layers on the panel to create a clipping mask.

It turned out the following:

Find a stock photo with the image of the model. I chose this photo from Shutterstock, and would like to thank its author. You can also choose your own photo.

Remove the background using a tool that you like best, for example Pen(Pen Tool) (P), Magic wand(Magic Wand Tool) (W), Magnetic Lasso (Magnetic Lasso) (L) or even just select Filter –Pull out (Filter – Extract) (Alt + Ctrl + X) and paste to a new layer in our main document.

And now place a photo of the model on our main document:

Hold Ctrl and select the top ellipse to select the following area:

Next, click on the mask layer with the model and invert it (Select – Inverse) (Ctrl + Shift + I).

Choose a soft black brush and paint on the mask so as to hide the bottom of the model’s photo.

We get the following:

Create a new layer and, using the brush mentioned above, paint the spots on the bottom of the outline of the model, as shown below. Brush color # 120102. Place a layer under the model layer.

For this layer, set Fill (Fill) at 45%.

Holding Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) click between the layers on the panel to create a clipping mask.

It turned out the following:

Create a new adjustment layer and select Hue / saturation (Hue / Saturation). Move the slider to the left to decrease the saturation, as shown. Place a layer on top of all the others.

We get the following:

Holding Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) click between the layers on the panel to create a clipping mask.

The result is as follows:

Add a layer mask to the last created layer and select a hard brush of black color.

Using this brush, draw on the mask to select the hair, glasses, bracelet on the arm.

Create a new layer and select a soft color brush. # F8CF92 for drawing on top of the model.

Here is what we get:

Holding Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) click between the layers on the panel to create a clipping mask.

The result is as follows:

Set the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft Light).

Repeat the procedure described above using color. # BE7641.

Holding Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) click between the layers on the panel to create a clipping mask.

This is what happens:

For this layer, set the fill to 16% and change the blending mode to Hard mix (Hard Mix).

Create a new layer and select a soft brush with color. # FFD31E for drawing on the contour of the model.

The result is:

Holding Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) click between the layers on the panel to create a clipping mask.

It turns out the following:

Using the tool Rectangle(Rectangle Tool) (U), let’s draw, as you might guess, a color rectangle # 8C1147.

Add a mask to the layer, click Ctrl + Shift + I to invert the color and select a soft white brush.

Draw a highlight on the mask, as shown in the following image.

Using the tool mentioned earlier, let’s draw an inclined rectangle at the bottom of the figure. Tilt the rectangle using Free Transformation (Free Transform) (Ctrl + T).

For this layer, set the fill to 57% and change the blending mode to Lightening basics (Color Dodge).

Using the tool Line(Line Tool) (set the thickness to 3px), draw six lines.

Group all layers with lines (press Ctrl and hold down the left mouse button and drag the required layers onto the icon Create a new group (Create new group) on the panel with layers).

Rasterize the created group.

Go back to the slanting rectangle layer. Create a mask just as we did before. Press Ctrl + I. After that, holding Ctrl, click on the rasterized layer with lines (the layer is hidden).

Invert the layer (Ctrl + Shift + I).

Use a soft white brush to hide the edges of the rectangle.

Here is what we get:

The next step is to download the brushes with the name light_brushes_2.

Create a new layer and load brushes to draw white stars (opacity – 30%) around the ellipse.

It will look like this:

Change the blending mode to Lighter (Lighter color).

Create a new layer and use the loaded brushes to add more stars.

Create a new layer again and add more stars with the new brushes.

To the last layer, apply the following filter: Filter – Blur – Radial Blur (Filter – Blur – Radial Blur).

The result is as follows:

Create a copy of the last layer.

Change the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay).

Add a new adjustment layer Curves (Curves), and set the curves as shown in the picture for a small color correction.

And we get the following result:

Our wonderful lighting effect for the poster is ready!

Look in full size here.

You can download a free PSD file with layers. this link.

A source: adobetutorialz.com

Translator: Ruslan Gilzidinov

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