Create a retro styled light effect

The author of the video lesson: Elena Vinogradova

The use of light effects is already a classic method in Photoshop, but through poor practice and abuse of the same techniques, it became a bit of a template. In this tutorial, Fabio Sasso will show you how to make a fresh, trendy retro lighting effect. The secret here is to keep it simple and not overdo it. Of course, what looks simple is not necessarily easy to create, but here, Fabio will take you step by step through filters, gradients and blending modes that bring your art to your style.
The final image.

Step 1. Open Photoshop and create a new A4 document – 300dpi. Move the photo you will use for this lesson to the document and name this layer Girl 1. The author uses the image from the website Shutterstock.

Step 2. Duplicate the model layer, name it Girl 2. Select this layer and go to the menu. Filter – Blur – Blur on the surface (Filter- Blur- Surface Blur). Use the settings as in the screenshot. Radius (Radius) – 10 pixels., Threshold (Threshold) – 15.

Step 3. We are going to use this blurred layer to smooth the skin of the model, but without losing any details. Using tool Eraser (Eraser tool) hide areas such as eyes, mouth and hair, that is, those that contain important details.

Step 4. Combine these two layers, combined again name Girl 2 and duplicate. Duplicate name Girl 3. Now go to the menu Image – Correction – Discolor (Image-Adjustment-Desaturate). Set the blending mode of this layer to Hard light (Hard Light) and opacity at 50%.

Duplicate layer again Girl 2 and call him Girl 4. Place this layer at the very top in the layers panel. Select Filter – Other – Color Contrast (Filter- Other- High Pass) with a radius of 10 pixels. As before, set the blending mode of this layer to Hard light (Hard Light) and reduce the opacity by 50%.

Step 5. Being on a layer Girl 4, using a tool Eraser (Eraser tool) erase areas with skin. Now create a new layer at the very top in the layers panel and name it Paint 1. Using tool Brush (Brush (B)), using a soft black brush, hide the background and shoulders. Leave part of the neck.

Step 6. Create a new adjustment layer Gradient map (Gradient Map) You can click the icon at the bottom of the layers panel, and you can go to the menu Layers – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map (Layer- New Layer Adjustments- Gradient Map). Use a black and white gradient in the layer settings, and then change the blend mode of this adjustment layer to Soft light (Soft Light). Name this layer Gmap.

Now go to menu Layers – New Adjustment Layer – Hue / Saturation (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Hue / Saturation). Decrease Saturation (Saturation) to – 60 and name this layer Huesat . Adjustment layers always have masks, so taking the tool Brush (Brush (B)), soft and black, paint over lips, thereby determining the area of ​​impact of the mask.

Step 7. Duplicate layer Huesat and name it Huesat 2. Install Saturation (Saturation) to 55. Then invert the layer mask in the menu Image – Correction – Inversion (Image – Adjustment – Invert). In this way, we will make the lips bright red.

Step 8. In the area of ​​the left eye, add glare using this image.
Set blending mode for this layer. Screen (Screen) and in the menu Image – Correction – Levels (Image – Adjustments – Levels) move the black slider to the right so that only the glare remains.

Step 9. Now create a new layer on top of the others and name it – lights1. Fill it with black. Change the blending mode to Screen (Screen), and then, with the tool Brush (Brush tool) soft brush put a large pink spot in the upper right corner of the image. Then choose a dark orange color and draw small orange spots at the top and bottom left.

Step 10. Create a new layer on top of the others, name it lights2. Fill it with black and set the blending mode. Lightening basics (Color Dodge).
Paint over the orange areas with the same orange color to add a light effect to the area.

Step 11. It is time to import another image with a light effect. The author uses a picture with a pink and blue spotlights from Shutterstock.
Place this image on a layer called lights3, at the top of the layers panel and change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light).

Add another layer named bokeh, fill it with black, then with the tool Brush (Brush Tool), select a round brush and create several circles of different sizes and white color. The idea is to create a simple bokeh-style blur background. Set the mixing mode Lightening basics (Color Dodge).

Step 12. Create another layer and name it. Gradient1. Activate the tool Gradient (Gradient Tool), click on the gradient pattern to open the gradient editor. Change the gradient type to Noise (Noise), Smoothness (Roughness) at 100%, and tick the options Restrict colors (Restrict Colors) and Enable transparency (Add Transparency). Now choose style Corner Gradient (Angle Gradient) and create a beam of light by extending the gradient from the middle to the upper right edge of the document. After that go to menu Image – Correction – Discolor (Image- Adjustments- Desaturate), and then in the menu Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter- Blur-Gaussian Blur). In the settings, use Radius (Radius) 15 pixels.

Step 13. Change layer blending mode Gradient1 on Lightening basics (Color Dodge), duplicate it and name it. Gradient2 and move it down a bit. Place this layer below the first gradient layer, and then change its blend mode to Linear dimmer (Linear Burn) and reduce the opacity by 50%.

Step 14. Create a new adjustment layer in the menu. Layers – New Adjustment Layer – Photo Filter (Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Photo Filter.). In the settings, select the filter Deep yellow (Deep yellow) with intensity (Intensity) 50%. Name this layer Deep yellow. Then create a merged layer using the key combination – Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E. Now go to the menu Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter- Blur-Gaussian Blur). In the settings, use Radius (Radius) 15 pixels. Change the blending mode of this layer to Screen (Screen) and reduce the opacity of this layer by 60%.

Step 15. For your style, you can either add a paper texture on top, or simply merge all the layers and go to the menu Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise) to add noise to the image. Our work is finished, but you can continue to experiment with different combinations of colors and blending modes.

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