Create a glowing illustration in Photoshop

The author of the video lesson: Elena Vinogradova

We continue to acquire useful skills in Photoshop. Many people love illustrations with light effects, and this lesson is devoted to them. We will create stylish lighting effects in the photo, you will learn how using various professional techniques you can get this amazing result.

Final result

Necessary materials:

Step 1. Open a photo of the Roselyn Sanchez model; duplicate this layer. Cut out the girl by hiding the background on the layer mask . Name layer Backgroundcopy.

Step 2. Create a new layer under the layer. Backgroundcopy.

Step 3. Take the tool GradientTool (Gradient), select Radial Gradient. The inner color for the radial gradient is white, the outer color is light gray. Draw a gradient on the created layer, name this layer. Layer 1.

Step 4. Go to layer Backgroundcopy, discolor the image (Image>Adjustment>Desaturation – Image-Correction-Discolor).

Step 5. Select from the menu Image>Adjustments>Levels (Image-Correction-Levels, Ctrl+L), set the following values.

Step 6. Create a new layer on top of all layers. Take the tool GradientTool (Gradient), Type Radial Gradient (Radial Gradient) and set in the settings of the gradient of the inner color – white, outer – transparent.

Draw small light spots as shown below.

Step 7. Create a new layer, change its blending mode to Color (Chromaticity), and again with the tool GradientTool (Gradient), Type Radial Gradient (Radial Gradient), repeat the previous step, just set the color to inside – dark pink, outer – transparent.

Step 8. Create a new layer and repeat the previous step again, only this time use the inner color – blue.

On a new layer, using the tool PenTool (Pen) create a grid outline on the girl’s right hand.

Translator’s note. To finish with one line and start drawing a new one, press the key Esc when using the pen tool.

Step 9. Take the tool BrushTool (Brush) and choose a small diameter brush that matches the resolution of your image.

Step 10. Now set the white color as the foreground color. Select tool again PenTool (Pen), right click on the contour and select StrokePath (Outline the contour), point there tool Brush (Brush), Check Simulate Pressure, click OK.

Step 11. Double-click on this layer (to bring up the Layer Style window) and set the following parameters (in the styles of the layer Drop Shadow (Shadow), Outer Glow (Outer Glow), Color Overlay (Color Overlay)).

Step 12. Open the smoke file, cut out the part of the image you like and transfer it to your main job (Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V). Put a layer of smoke overlay mode Screen (Lightening / Screen).

Change the shape of the smoke image with Edit >Transform>Warp (Editing-Transforming-Warping).

Step 13. Move this layer of smoke under the layer Backgroundcopy. Add a layer mask and, while in mask mode, use the black brush to remove the extra edges of the image. Then go to the layer itself (exit mask mode) and use the tool BurnTool (Dimmer) make it a bit darker inside the image of the smoke.

Repeat the procedure with another image of smoke, as shown below.

Step 14. Create a new layer and place it above the smoke layers.

Take the tool BrushTool (Brush) and set the following brush settings (on the Brush Tip Shape, Shape Dynamics, and Scattering tabs). Then draw alluvial stars.

Step 15. Now open the wave image file and move this layer into your work. Transform a layer with Edit >Transform>Warp (Editing-Transforming-Warping).

Change the layer blending mode to Screen (Lightening / Screen).

Repeat the process with the wave again, place the second wave as shown below. Select both layers with waves on the layers palette and place them in a group of layers (press for this Ctrl + G).

Step 16. Create a new layer and set it to blend mode. Color (Chromaticity).

Step 17. Set the foreground color to blue; take the tool BrushTool (Brush) and paint over the image where the waves are located, as shown below.

Select from the menu Filter> Blur > GaussianBlur (Filter-Blur-Blur according to Gauss) and set the radius to 20.2 pixels.

Lower Layer Opacity (Opacity) up to 75%.

Step 18. Create a merged copy of all visible layers (press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E).

Change the colors of the image, to do this, select in the menu Image > Adjustments > ColorBalance (Image-Correction-Color Balance (Ctrl+B)). Set the following values.

Step 19. Add a mask to this layer, and with the tool BrushTool (Brush) (black color of the brush, opacity 50%), while in mask mode, paint over some areas as shown below.

Step 20. Create a new document with the following parameters: Width 500 pixels, Height (500 pixels), Resolution 72 pixels / inch and Background Contents – white color.

Create a new layer in this document.

With the tool PenTool (Pen) draw a line as shown below.

Choose a tool BrushTool (Brush) and set the brush diameter to 15px.

Now set the foreground color to black. Take the tool again PenTool (Pen), right click on the contour and select StrokePath (Outline the contour), point there tool Brush (Brush), Check Simulate Pressure, click OK.

Duplicate the layer and flip it horizontally.

Now select in the menu Edit > DefineBrushPreset (Edit-Define Brush), enter a name for your brush and click OK.

Go back to the document with your main job, create a new layer and select your created brush.

Set the foreground color to white and draw the shining stars as shown below.

Translator’s note. If you want the stars to be varied, set the parameters of the brush on the Dynamics tab of the Angle and Angle and Size fluctuations form.

This is the final result.

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