This lesson is about lighting effects. When creating them, we will use blending modes, for example, Lightening basics (Color Dodge). This blending mode is very important and powerful for creating light effects in Photoshop.
Before we begin, take a look at the image we will create. I suggest you see its real size.
Materials for the lesson:
Step 1. Open Photoshop, create a new document of 1920 x 1200 pixels with a resolution of 300 pixels per inch. Fill the background with dark brown # 15100c. Here the author uses brown color because of the blend mode. Lightening basics (Color Dodge), which will be used in the lesson and which cannot work on black, so you can choose other dark colors, just not black.
Step 2. We will print надпись NUKE ’, each letter on a separate layer and arrange them as in the screenshot below. The size and color of the font can be used any, but it is important that the font was voluminous and without curved sides.
Step 3. Use the tool Pen (Pen Tool) to create a contour around the edge of the letters and continue to the right so that it resembles the letter L.
Step 4. Hide the inscription ‘NUKE’ by clicking on the eyelet icon, opposite this layer in the layers palette. Create a new layer on top of all layers and name it “Layer 2“. Now we will make the outline of the contour that we prepared earlier. In advance, set the brush to 5 pixels, the hardness is 100% and the color is white Ffffff. Now with the active tool Pen (Pen Tool), right-click and select the option Outline the contour (Stroke Path). In the settings window, select Brush (Brush).
Step 5. It is time to give our image a glowing effect. The trick is that we change the blending mode for the layer Layer 2 on Lightening basics (Color Dodge). Create a new group and place a layer in it. Layer 2. Set the blending mode for this group to Lightening basics (Color Dodge) otherwise there will be no effect. Now go to the menu Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter- Blur- Gaussian Blur). In the settings, set a radius of 2 pixels.
Step 6. Create a new layer above the layer. Layer 2 in the same group. Draw a small oval using the tool. Elliptical selection (Elliptical Marquee Tool) and fill it with white. Change the blending mode to Lightening basics (Color Dodge). Then in the menu Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter- Blur- Gaussian Blur) put a radius of 8 pixels.
Duplicate this layer and arrange as in the screenshot below. It is necessary to be like an electric current in the wire.
Step 7. To make the image more spectacular, create a new layer above all in the group. Make sure the foreground color is white # Ffffff , And the background color is black 000000. Now go to the menu Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter-Render-Clouds). Then change the blending mode of this layer to Lightening basics (Color Dodge).
Step 8. The final touch of our composition is the light source itself, to which small electrical discharges run.
We draw conclusions from the steps done above. This is a pretty easy way to create light effects in Photoshop. Here are his steps:
1. Use dark colors for the background, but not black.
2. Create lines, planes, text or other images in white.
3. Change the blending mode to Lightening basics (Color dodge) and apply Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur).
4. Place a layer in a group with overlay mode. Lightening basics (Color Dodge).
You can create light effects, lights, stars and something else with the blend mode. Lightening basics (Color Dodge), but remember, this will not work on a black background. So if you want to use black as the background color, you need a layer with a brown background and a layer with effects in blending mode. Lightening basics (Color Dodge) add layer in mode Overlap (Overlay) and fill it with any color.