Create Light Effect in Photoshop

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Photoshop  offers many methods and tools to create light effects. I’m only going to cover some of them but they can be used in many ways. One of Photoshop filters called Lighting Effect, which is under the Filter gallery under Render in Photoshop. The filter has three different types of lighting effects: Spot, Point, and Infinite. It also has various presets to choose from. Its Properties panel allows you to customize the look of the light that you want in terms of direction, placement, etc. This filter works on Smart Objects so that you can work non-destructively. Apart from this filter, there are many techniques using Photoshop tools that can offer tremendous options to manipulate light. Let us start!


Create Light Effect in Photoshop

  1. Create a background light effect

In this example, I will make a projection of the natural light coming from a window in the background of a photo. However, before starting this example, I would like to explain an important function in Photoshop.

Step and Repeat function

Let us say you have an object on a layer, and you want to duplicate and move or rotate that object a number of times in succession. Start by going to the original layer with the object, and then press (Ctrl + Alt +T) to bring up a special version of Free Transform. Now you can transform your object (move it, rotate it, skew it, etc.) then press (Enter) to lock in your transformation. You will notice that your original object remains untouched on its layer and you now have a new layer with the transformed object. Now press (Ctrl + Alt + Shift +T) and this will create a duplicate of your last move, and at the same time, it creates a new layer, thereby giving you a step-and-repeat function.

Step 1

Open the photo file

Step 2

Add a transparent layer

Step 3

Use the rectangular shape tool to draw a rectangle

Create Light Effect in Photoshop

Step 4

Use the shortcut (Ctrl + Alt +T) to show the special version of the Free Transform tool, then move the rectangle to right, and align it with the other rectangle.

Create Light Effect in Photoshop

Step 5

Select the two layers (using Ctrl key), and merge them into one layer (Ctrl + E)

Step 6

Repeat the above process until you obtain the final shape of the window.

Create Light Effect in Photoshop

Step 7

Press (Ctrl + T), use the handles to position and scale the window, and giving it perspective. Pressing the Shift key will maintain the aspect ratio while pressing Ctrl will move one handle freely.

Create Light Effect in Photoshop

Step 8

Apply blur filter, Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur

Step 9

Add a new layer, and select gradient tool, add blur (Foreground to transparent) to add more blur to the far end of the window. Then change the layer to a clipping mask to limit the gradient effect to the window layer only (Alt + Ctrl + G)

Step 10

Duplicate the photo layer, and move it above the top layer

Step 11

Select the subject (use any of the selection tools) and covert the selection to a mask (add mask from the layer panel)

The before and after images are shown below

Photo by VK Studio from Pexels

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  1. Create light glare and shine

In this example, we are going to add light glare to a street Lantern

Create Light Effect in Photoshop

Step 1

Open the photo file, and create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N)

Step 2

Duple click the layer to open its style and clear the check of the Transparency shape layer, as below

Create Light Effect in Photoshop

Step 3

Change the blending mode of the layer to Linear Dodge

Create Light Effect in Photoshop

Step 4

To add the glare:

Use the brush tool (B), choose a soft one, and set its size to suit the bulb size. Then paint over the bulb of the lantern.

Create Light Effect in Photoshop

Step 5

To add some glow to the surrounding of the lamp.

Create a new layer, and use the brush tool with a bigger size to paint around the bulb.

Create Light Effect in Photoshop

Step 6

Add a layer mask, and paint with black to hide some light on the surface of the lantern.

(To set the default foreground and background colors press (D), and to change them press (X))

Step 7

To fine-tune the image

Add adjustment layer, and choose color lockup, as shown below

Create Light Effect in Photoshop

From the property menu, choose the type you want as shown below

Create Light Effect in Photoshop

The before and after photos are shown below

Photo by Craig Adderley from Pexels

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  1. Add sun rays

In the following example, we will add sun rays to an existing highlight

Step 1

Open the photo file, and duplicate the layer

Step 2

Select the highlight areas, Select > color range > highlight

Create Light Effect in Photoshop

Adjust the Fuzziness and Range sliders to limit your selection

Step 3

Covert the selection to a new layer by clicking Ctrl + J, and turn the layer into a smart layer

Step 4

Blur the layer by clicking Filter > Blur > Radial Blur

Create Light Effect in Photoshop

Choose Zoom and the amount of blur, and try to guess the location of the center of the blur by moving the blur center. Because the layer is smart, you can edit the blur filter easily.

Step 5

To intensify the effect duplicate the layer couples of times

Step 6

Group the blur layers in one group. Press and hold the Ctrl key and select the layers

Step 7

Apply a field bur to shape the sunrays by clicking  Filter > Blur Gallery > Field blur

Step 8

Change the blending mode to Screen

The result is shown below

Photo by fall maple from Pexels

 

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Image by My pictures are CC0. When doing composings: from Pixabay

 

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  • Hi Amin, 

    It’s a great privilege to be on this platform and also learn a lot on Photoshop for free. After going through this article, I got my photoshop prepared and ready and as much pictures as possible ready on putting all these into practice.  Thank you very much for sharing this beautiful and informative piece or work. It’s our pleasure.

  • One of Photoshop channels called Lighting Effect, which is under the Filter exhibition under Render in Photoshop. The channel has three unique sorts of lighting impacts: Spot, Point, and Infinite. It additionally has different presets to browse. Its Properties board permits you to redo the vibe of the light that you need as far as heading, situation, and so forth This channel chips away at Smart Objects with the goal that you can work non-dangerously.

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