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Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images



I will be showing you how to take a stock image and turn it into a futuristic composition that uses various Photoshop techniques. We will be doing some work with Brush tool and implementing color and light effects to achieve the end result. If you are ready then start up Photoshop and let’s get started.

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Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop with the size 1024px by 1280px (RGBcolor mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Select the background layer in Layers panel and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Gradient Overlay.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close theGradient Editor dialog box.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next background:

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Use now the Rectangle Tool (U) to represent a kind of surface like the next one:

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Inner Shadow.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Add Gradient Overlay:

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close theGradient Editor dialog box.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer which must be filled using the Paint Bucket Tool (G) with #BBBCBA color.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Apply for this layer the enxt filter: Filter>Noise>Add Noise.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 39% for this layer and change the Blending mode to Divide.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select for it the Soft Round brush of black color (set Opacity to 20% in Options bar).

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to make darker the surfaces’ edge as it is demonstrated on the next picture:

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Find a stock photo, I used this photo from Shutterstock. I would like to thank the author of this photo, or if you prefer, you can substitute similar image of your own.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Remove the background using your favorite tools like Pen Tool (P)Magic Wand Tool (W)Magnetic Lasso (L)or even a simple Filter>Extract and insert it on a new layer in our main document.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Create the next new layer and select for it the Soft Round brush of white color (set Opacity to 20% in Options bar).

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint on the girl’s image the certain indicated zones.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Overlay.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Select Hard Mechanical brush and customize the brush in Brushes panel (F5), select theBrush Tip Shape. Click and drag any of the sliders to change the size and the brush spacingas show. The Preview window displays the changed brushstroke.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Go to Shape Dynamics:

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Go to Color Dynamics:

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Also set the colors correctly on the Tools bar.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and paint here with selected brush using different brush sizes to represent many colored small circles. The brush itself will change the colors.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Screen.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Insert the mask on the layer by choosing Add layer mask on the bottom part of the Layers panel and choose theSoft Round brush of black color (set Opacity to 15% in Options bar).

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Paint in the mask using this brush to hide the circles edges as shown:

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and apply here the earlier brush (Opacity – 20%) to insert more circles of bigger diameter:

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Linear Dodge.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the earlier made circles’ layer (with mask) and place it above all the layers. Apply for the copy’s layer the next filter: Filter>Blur>Gaussian blur.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 0% for this layer and change the Blending mode to Color Dodge.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the recently made layer. Rasterize the copy’s layer by creating a new layer above the copy’s layer and press CTRL button when select both layers and press CTRL+E to Merge Down. Now apply the Smudge Tool (R) to smudge the circles laterally.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the last made layer and apply the same tool selected previously to process it the same way we did before.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the last made layer and select for it the next filter Filter>Blur>Gaussian blur.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the last made layer and choose the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to turn over horizontally the copy’s layer.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and choose the earlier brush of small diameter to represent many colored small circles.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Click Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Curves to adjust the curve shape as shown to make a little color corrections.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Finished!


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