Light Effect Basics
In this tutorial i will show you the basics of light effect in photoshop (CS, CS2, CS3, CS4).
The most important thing about light effects is your imagination, do not be afraid to try different things.
Just create a new photoshop file “CTRL + N” and set the size to your needs.
Now we have a blank background we can work on.
Go to “Filter -> Render -> Lighting Effects”.
Now you see the “Lighting Effects” window: Now we can create a spotlight effect.
Select the colors you would like in the areas as shown below, and click OK. (remember just play with the colors).
I selected the color red and this is the outcome.
Now lets create a second spotlight.
Create a new layer “CTRL + SHIFT + N” and press “G” to open the “Paint Bucket Tool” and fill the layer with white.
Set the layer mode to “Pin Light”.
Now repeat STEP 2 but use different colors and settings, just use you fantasy.
Repeat STEP 2 and STEP 3 till you are happy. Try using different layer modes for some layers.
I ended up using 5 layers:
We will create some nice glowing lines around the iPhone.
Creat a new layer by pressing “CTRL + SHIFT + N” and Press “P” to open the “Pen Tool” or “Freeform Pen Tool” and draw some nice lines on top of the iPhone.
Select the “Brush Tool” press “B” and set the brush settings as shown below.
Now press “P” again to get back to the “Pen Tool” and right click the canvas, and click “Stroke Path”.
This window will popup: Select Brush and Simulate Pressure.
Click OK and click “delete” on your keyboard.
This is the result.
Now we need to delete some parts to make it look like it is hidden behind the iPhone. Use the “Eraser Tool” “press P” for that.
Now we need to make the stroke look like a light beam.
So right click the stroke layer and click “Blending Options”.
Set the “Blending Options” settings as shown below.
You can use the same settings, but you can just play with it.
We will duplicate the the stroke layer: right click the stroke layer and click “Duplicate Layer”.
Clear the layer style of the duplicated layer.
Duplicate the duplicated layer again.
Now i have 3 stroke layers and my creation looks like this.
To finish it, just use you fantasy. You can put some sparkles around the stroke, ad a second stroke or ad some brushes behind the iPhone, just anything you think is cool.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and dont forget to show off your end result in a comment.