Light effect with equalizer

I, perhaps, as the author of the lesson, am not an ardent fan of Justin Timberlake, but I could not help but notice the stunning graphics in his music video for the song LoveStoned. This lesson will teach you how to create a similar effect using only good old Photoshop.

This is what we will seek:

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1. Create a new document with a size of 1024×768 px, the background color is black.

Step 2. Open the image of the equalizer. I highlighted the black background of the image using the tool. Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool) and deleted it by clicking Delete, despite the fact that black corresponds to our main background. Now, click on the area surrounding the equalizer and invert (Ctrl + Shift + I) the selection so that only the rectangular shapes that make up the image of the equalizer are selected. Select blue as the main color (80D2FC) and fill our selection by pressing Ctrl + Backspace. Finally, duplicate this layer, and go to Editing> Transform> Rotate 180 degrees(Edit> Transform> Rotate 180 degrees) then move the copy as shown below.

Step 3. In the layers panel, select both layers with an equalizer and click Ctrl+Shift+E, to merge them into one. Now, with the resulting layer turned 90 degrees, go to Editing> Transform> Rotate 90 degrees clockwise (Edit> Transform> Rotate 90 CW). Now copy the layer several times (Ctrl + J) and place the equalizers one below the other. Having done this, merge the original layer with all the duplicates.

After all these settings, make a copy of the resulting blue path from the equalizers, we still need it. Hide it for now.

Step 4. Duplicate all this track and click Ctrl+T – we switched to mode Free Transformation. On the top right of the screen you can see the transformation panel. We need to move our series of equalizers to the right – to do this, increase the number in column X, click OK – and our track has moved to the right:

Step 5. An interesting move, isn’t it? Using the same commands, make five identical columns, as shown below. After making them, pour it all into one layer.

Step 6. Merged all the equalizer layers? Now go in Edit> Transform> Perspective (Edit> Transform> Perspective) and pull one of the top edges towards the center. If necessary, make the bottom edges wider. Click OK. We have got this track:

Step 7. Add a mask to the layer. This can be done by clicking on the “Add Vector Mask” icon on the layers panel, or in the menu Layers> Vector Mask> Show All (Layer> Add Layer Mask> Reveal All). Now we will go over the bottom of our “path” with a black brush with soft edges.

Step 8. Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) and a large white brush, again with soft edges, apply a few white spots on the “path”. Change blending mode (Blend Mode) on Overlap (Overplay) for a slight lighting effect.

Step 9. Now select your layer with equalizers and apply the External Glow parameters for the layer shown below. Now reduce the Opacity of the layer to approximately 50%.

Step 10. Now duplicate your layer with equalizers, and move the duplicate below the original. Apply Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur), and then set Overlay Mode (Blend Mode) layer on Hard Light (Hard Light) and lower the Opacity to around 30%.

Step 11. Pinching Ctrland clicking on the original layer mask with equalizers, select it. And now, having made the layer with blur active, we will create the same mask on it. To do this, simply click on the Vector Mask icon in the layers menu (F7).

Step 12. Now create a new layer at the top. Choose black as the main color and fill this layer by clicking Ctrl+Backspace. Now go to Filter> Rendering> Clouds (Filter> Render> Clouds). Put the Overlay Mode (Blend Mode) layer on Lightening Basics (Color Dodge).

Step 13. Duplicate your cloud layer. We must get a more intense effect. Select your layer with equalizers and instrument. Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool) click on the black section. Now invert your selection so that the “path” is chosen. Go back to your second cloud layer and click Delete, then lower the Opacity to 10%. We got extra fog at the edges of the equalizers.

Step 14. Create a new layer. Now select a large brush with 0% Hardness and 100% Opacity. Choose a light blue color (for example, 77D1FF). Make some big spots. Reduce the Opacity of this layer to 30%.

Step 15. Now duplicate your original cloud layer and move it above your large brush layer. Blend mode leave Lightening Basics. Now reduce the Opacity of the brush layer to 20%, and the cloud layer to 45%. And also apply on a 200px Gaussian Blur layer to brush some of the effect (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur)).

Step 16. Now insert the image of the person in the center of your image. The person is on a white background, so it is very easy to select it by clicking Magic Wand on white background, invert the selection (Ctrl + Shift + I). Copy the person (Ctrl + C), go to our document, paste the person (Ctrl + V). A man should be on the topmost layer! Now change Overlay Mode (Blend Mode) layer on Soft light (Soft Light) and use the tool Eraser (Eraser) to erase his legs, allowing him to subtly merge with the equalizer.

Step 17. Now duplicate your layer with man and change Overlay Mode (Blend Mode) at the duplicate Normal (Normal). Now, using any method known to you, make a selection of the light parts of the photo, in this case the face and shirt. Copy this area to a new layer (Ctrl + J), and hide or delete the previous layer (the whole person and Normal Overlay mode). We return to the bright areas – we do not need a tie (it’s dark). Remove it Eraser . Gently, don’t hook your shirt!

Step 18. Now for the layer with the light areas go to Image> Correction> Discolor (Image> Adjustment> Desaturation). Then, in the same menu, select Color Balance (Color Balance) and apply these settings here:

Step 19. Now the fun begins! Remember, I asked you to save one of the ways. We need him now. Transfer it to the very top and adjust in size so that its height is equal to the height of the person. Reduce the Opacity of the layer a little (by about 80%). Make two copies of this layer and hide.
Go back to the original path. Put it right in front of the man, go to Editing> Transform> Warp (Edit> Transform> Warp) and make something like a wave (look at the kreen below). Make one duplicate visible, put it on the left and do the same, but on this layer, where there is a narrowing in the center, there should be an extension. Just can not imagine how to explain it in another way, just look at the screen. After making the first duplicate wavy, go to the second and, placing it on the right, achieve a resemblance to the screen below.

Step 20. Now merge all your duplicated equalizer layers together, and go to Image> Adjustment> Brightness / Contrast (Image> Adjustment> Brigthness / Contrast) and make your Brigthness at -100 and Contrast at +100 to make your image black. We need to add sharpness to the layer, for this we go to Filter> Sharpness> Sharpness+ (Filter> Sharpen> Sharpen More). The edges become sharper and then we use the tool Magic Wand with a tolerance of 50 by clicking somewhere outside our equalizers.
Now invert the selection (Ctrl + Shift + I) and hide our layer with equalizers. We got the selection of all three distorted equalizers. We return to our layer with light parts. However, if we just click now Delete, it will remove too much. Take Eraser (E) with soft edges and Opacity about 20% and carefully remove only the parts that you think are necessary. IMPORTANT: do not overdo it with your face! Without removing the selection, go to the layer with the black parts and work Eraser there.

From the translator: Of course, my role here is not great – I’m just a translator. But my opinion – the effect on clothes is not too similar to the one in the clip. I advise you not to use the equalizer image to achieve the best, but to create some lines yourself and only then, copying them, delete parts of the clothing.

Step 21 Now create a new top layer and use your tool. Pen (Pen Tool) to draw a line near your man. Make sure your current brush is 1px in size, 100% in hardness, and the base color is B6FEFE. Having drawn the outline with the Pen, right-click on it and select Run Contour Stroke (Stroke Path). If your line does not suit you with something, you can always change its shape using Free Transformation (Ctrl + T). Finally, we duplicate this layer and move the duplicate slightly below the original. I reduce the width of the second layer so that the lines are slightly different from each other.

Step 22 Merge both layers of lines together and apply Layer Style (Layer Style). In settings External Glow Expose what is shown below. Take a small soft Eraser (E) and slightly erase the edges of the lines. And now we reduce the Opacity of the layer to 80%.

Step 23 We go to Edit> Transform> Zoom (Edit> Transform> Scale) to move our lines a little closer to each other. Now Eraser remove parts of the lines that go in front of the person’s feet. Now create a new layer above all the others and use round white brushes. Gradually reduce the Opacity of the brush to create the effect of the gradual disappearance of the edges of the white lines. And now just put Overlay Mode this layer on Overlap (Overlay), giving the lines a cool light effect.

Final result:

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