Creating light effects on the photo

From fashion shots to portraits. Here you will learn how to add magic touches using light effects.

Turning a regular photo into something dazzling is pretty simple if you know the right techniques. In this tutorial, maestro Photoshop Aeiko will show how to create different lighting effects that can be applied to a photo or illustration with equal effect.
From sparks, the effect of magic dust, colored luminous dots and bright rays to using the effect with splashes, as a lighting option – all this can be found here. Some of the techniques that you learn, created by the skillful use of stock photographs, while others – created using the built-in tools Photoshop.

Step 1. Open the model file in Photoshop. Create new adjustment layer (new adjustment layer) and select Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). Move the slider Saturation to the -100 position to turn the image into black and white. We will use our own colors in this tutorial, so we do not need any colors in the photo in this step.

Step 2. Duplicate the model layer (Cmd / Ctrl + J) and press F to activate full-screen mode (fullscreen mode). Resize the image to its full size. (Cmd / Ctrl + Alt + 0). Use the tool Pen tool (Pen), to walk them around the model. Once you are done, right click (Ctrl + click) and select Create Vector Mask (Create vector mask).

Step 3. Download splashed image. Place them in the composition below the layer you created in the second step. Then press Cmd / Ctrl + I (This action inverts the layer) and set the Layer Mode on Screen (Lightening).

Step 4. Repeat this process with different types of blots located above the various layers. Modify them using Distort (Perspective) and Cmd / Ctrl + T. Erase some parts, change opacity and install Layer Mode (Layer Mode) on Screen (Lightening).

Step 5. Click on some of the layers you just created, then select Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Install radius at a value of about 5 pixels, and place them on the canvas. Place some on top of the model, while others make it look like they are falling apart from it.

Step 6. Load another splatter image in Photoshop. SelectSelect > ColorRange (Highlight> Color Range), click on the splash and install Fuzziness (scatter) at 40. Drag the selection onto the main canvas, give it a black color and place it on the canvas. Repeat the same process several times and erase some areas with a soft brush.

Step 7. Repeat step 6, but instead of black coating, use white. AT Layer Options set Outer Glow (Outer Glow) and select pink, set the value Spread (Scattering) about 30 pixels. Repeat this process using other colors as well as a white outer glow; Place them on the canvas over the discolored layer you created in the first step.

Step 8. Go to your brushes panel and select a soft round brush; set the brush size so that it is about half the size of your canvas. Click on the canvas, and place, adapt to the overall scene. Then duplicate the layer to create several smaller blots and place them around the model.

Step 9. Repeat step 8 to apply a light effect near the model’s foot. Hold Alt and drag, then Cmd / Ctrl + T to make them smaller. Repeat this several times to reduce successively the size of each blot down the leg. You can also do this around the body of the model if you wish. Use the same brushes, but black to darken some areas of the background under Vector Mask Layer (layer vector mask).

Step 10. Again set the white color and create a new layer on top of all the others. Open the brushes window and change Spacing (Intervals) at 100%. Click on Shape Dynamics and install Size Jitter by 80%. Install Scattering by 440%. Start sketching areas on the canvas with different brush diameters. Give some layers outer glows and change the softness of the brush.

Step 11. Load the smoke and place it on a new layer. Install Layer Mode (Layer Mode) on Lighten. Duplicate the layer a couple of times and position it side by side for a small distance. Select Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal All (Layer> Layer Mask> Show All). Use a soft black brush with flow (push) about 20% to disguise clear areas of smoke in order to adapt it to the composition.

Step 12. Then, we will create some contours, use Pen tool (Pen), to draw a blurred curve around the model. Create a new layer and open the brushes menu; change spacing to a value of about 10% and reduce the diameter to create a thin line. Click on the panel Paths, and then by layer Work Path, which you just created. Click Stroke Path.

Step 13. Repeat step 12 on the new contour layer. Erase parts of the lines so that they seem to disappear in place. Add some Outer Glows (External Glow) (on the menu Layer Styles (Layer Styles)) using the same color scheme that you chose. Change the brush diameter for some lines.

Step 14. Create a new layer. Using a soft brush with the parameter Spacing (Intervals) 14%, hold Shift and drag down to create a straight line on this new layer. Apply 50-pixel to it. Gaussian blur (Gaussian blur) and use Eraser (Eraser), to erase the ends of the line. Press the Cmd / Ctrl + T key combination and rotate 45 degrees. Alt + click on the layer and flip horizontally to create an X shape using these lines. (Note As you understand, in this step you need to create two layers with lines that form the shape of X). Merge the two selected layers (Cmd / Ctrl + E) and transform (Cmd / Ctrl + T) to make them smaller. Place this shape on the canvas next to the light burst, then hold down Alt, drag and transform it into a few smaller X’s, and place them all over the composition as well.

Step 15. Create five black rectangles equidistant from each other. Cmd / Ctrl + T and rotate them 45 degrees. Select them, make this layer invisible. Then create a new layer, and press Cmd / Ctrl + Shift + C and then Cmd / Ctrl + V to paste the image. Use the arrow keys to slightly move the rectangles relative to the main image, and erase some areas as desired with a soft brush.

Step 16. Repeat some of the first steps, but change the colors, external glow, brush strokes and anything else you want. Add any additional elements that seem appropriate to you, for example, curved lines. Play with layer styles, gradients, and blending modes.

Remember: Photoshop is only a tool for translating your creativity.

Author: Aeiko

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