Are you peeps ready for another tutorial? This is super cool, I promise!
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to apply digital lighting effect to a man portrait. You’ll learn tips and tricks to blend the images and textures using layer modes, adjustment layer and brushes as well as create lighting effect.
Software: Photoshop CS3 +
Difficulty : Intermediate
Estimated Completion Time: 90 minutes
Resources Used In This Tutorial: #9499701 @mycteria
Light effects: jennyle88 @deviantart
Create a new 915×630 px document in Photoshop and fill it with white. Drag the image of traffic light into the white canvas as shown below:
Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the radius to 8 px. This step is to create some depth to the scene:
Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves and reduce the lightness. On this layer mask, use a soft black brush with a low opacity (about 20%) to reveal some light on the top. Here are the results on the mask and on the picture:
Create a new layer and use a soft black brush to hide the light in the middle and the lower half more.
Make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to change the light color to green/cyan:
Create two layers and paint with the color #00d9f0 on the left and #79c839 on the right to determine the lights on the background. Change the mode of these layers to Color 100%:
Drag the image with flare into our main document and change the mode to Screen 100%:
Make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (set as Clipping Mask) to change the light color to cyan:
Use another Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to change the light color to green. On this layer mask, use a soft black brush to erase the left to keep it cyan and fit the light on the background:
Isolate the man from the background and place it in the center of the main canvas:
Use a Curves adjustment layer to darken the man.
Create another Curves adjustment layer to increase the light on the right side. Paint on the rest to keep it still dark:
Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to match the light on the left shoulder with the light on the background:
Make a new layer, change the mode to Overlay 100% and fill with 50% gray. Select the Dodge and Burn Tool (O) with Midtones Range, Exposure about 20-50% to refine the light and shadow on the model, especially on the shoulders. You can see how I did it with Normal mode and the result with Overlay mode:
Make a new layer and use a soft brush with the color #79c839 to paint the green light on the right of the model, face, shoulder, hand, hair, suit. Change this layer mode to Color 80%:
Add the matrix image to the main canvas and change the mode to Screen 100%:
Use a Levels adjustment layer to make the effect appear more subtle – we don’t need it to be too obvious.
Make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to match the color of the numbers with the background:
Create another Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to change the numbers color on the right to green. Paint on the left side not to make the color there affected by this adjustment layer.
Make a new layer and change the mode to Linear Dodge 100%. Use a soft brush with the color ##00d9f0 to paint the light on the left eye and the color #79c839 for the right eye.
Open the light image. As it has a transparent background so just drag the light into our document, place it onto the left eye and change the mode to Screen 100%. Use the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T) to change its perspective as shown below:
Duplicate this layer and flip it horizontally (Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Place it in the right eye:
Select the light layers and press Ctrl+G to make a group for them. Change the mode of this group from Pass Through to Screen 100%. Use a Channel Mixer adjustment layer to turn the light color to cyan:
Make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to change the light on the right eye to green to fit the background there. Remove the effect on the left eye using a soft black brush:
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