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Published on Wed, Nov-10-2010 by Luca

Create A Gorgeous Light Effect Using Photoshop


We continue to train you so you will get a new Adobe Photoshop knowledge. Since I really like light effects, you probably noticed that we have a lot of tutorial just for lighting effects. And today, we would add to our collection one more very glamorous glamor light effect. In this tutorial you will learn how with the professional techniques you can create an amazing light effect using Photoshop.

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Final Image Preview

Gorgeous Light Effect

Stocks Used:

1.Step

Open the file called “Roselyn Sanchez” and duplicate it. Contour image and apply a mask.

Gorgeous Light Effect

2.Step

Create a new layer below the layer called “Background copy“.

Gorgeous Light Effect

3.Step

Select the “Gradient Tool“, go to the “Radial Gradient” and select white as the center color and a light gray as the exterior color. Now fill the “Layer 1“.

Gorgeous Light Effect

4.Step

Go to the Layer called “Background copy” and desaturate the image.

Gorgeous Light Effect

5.Step

Now go to: Image / Adjustments / Levels ( cmd+L (MAC), ctrl+L (PC)), and set the values as in the image.

Gorgeous Light Effect

6.Step

Create a new Layer above all. Choose the “Gradient Tool” / “Radial Gradient” and select the white as the central color and the transparent as the exterior color.

Gorgeous Light Effect

And create small ray of light as in the image.

Gorgeous Light Effect

7.Step

Now create a new Layer, set the “Blending Mode” from Normal to Color and again with the “Gradient Tool” repeat the previous step, but select a dark pink as the central color and the transparent as the exterior color.

Gorgeous Light Effect

Gorgeous Light Effect

8.Step

Create a new Layer and do the same thing done before, but using the cyan as the central color.

Gorgeous Light Effect

On a new Layer now, with the “Pen Tool” create a kind of lattice following the girl’s right arm.

Gorgeous Light Effect

Gorgeous Light Effect

9.Step

Select the “Brush Tool” and choose a size not too big as in the image.

Gorgeous Light Effect

10.Step

Now select white as foreground color. Go on the “Pen Tool“, click with right button of mouse and go to Stroke Path… / Brush and click OK.

Gorgeous Light Effect

Gorgeous Light Effect

11.Step

Double click on this Layer and set the values as in the image

Gorgeous Light Effect

Gorgeous Light Effect

12.Step

Open the file “Smoke“, select the interested part, copy and paste it into the previous file, (cmd+C, cmd+V (MAC), ctrl+C, ctrl+V (PC)), and set the “Blending Mode” from Normal to Screen.

Gorgeous Light Effect

Change the level by going to: Edit / Transform / Warp.

Gorgeous Light Effect

13.Step

Bring the level below the Layer called “Background copy“. Apply a mask and with the brush cover the excess, while the “Burn Tool” to darken the external part of the smoke as in the image.

Gorgeous Light Effect

Repeat the process as shown in the figure.

Gorgeous Light Effect

14.Step

Add a new Layer and bring it above the level of smoke.

Gorgeous Light Effect

Go to “Brush Tool” and set the values as in the image, then create the stars.

Gorgeous Light Effect

Gorgeous Light Effect

15.Step

Now open the file “Fluid Wave” and import it into the previous file. Transform it by going to: Edit / Transform / Warp.

Gorgeous Light Effect

Change the “Blending Mode” fro Normal to Screen.

Gorgeous Light Effect

Repeat the process, select both Layers and marge them into one Group (cmd+G (MAC), ctrl+G (PC)).

Gorgeous Light Effect

16.Step

Create a new Layer and change the “Blending Mode” from Normal to Color.

Gorgeous Light Effect

17.Step

Now with the “Brush Tool” and with the light blue as foreground color, fill the level as in the image.

Gorgeous Light Effect

Go to Filter / Blur / Gaussian Blur and set the Radius to 20,2 px.

Gorgeous Light Effect

Now change the Opacity from 100% to 75 %.

Gorgeous Light Effect

18.Step

Add a new Layer and paste it above all Layers below (cmd+alt+shift+E (MAC), ctrl+alt+shift+E (PC)).

Gorgeous Light Effect

Change the colors by going to: Image / Adjustments / Color Balance ( cmd+B (MAC), ctrl+B (PC)).

Set the values as in the image:

Gorgeous Light Effect

19.Step

Now apply a mask and with the “Brush Tool” cover the parts shown.

Gorgeous Light Effect

Gorgeous Light Effect

20.Step

Create a new document with the following values: Width 500 px, Height 500 px, Resolution 72 px/inch and the Background Contents White.

Gorgeous Light Effect

Add new Layer

Gorgeous Light Effect

With the “Pen Tool” draw a line as in the image

Gorgeous Light Effect

Go to “Brush Tool” and select the brush size.

Gorgeous Light Effect

Now select black as foreground color. Go back on the “Pen Tool“, click with right button of mouse and go to Stroke Path… / Brush and click OK.

Gorgeous Light Effect

Duplicate the level and flip it horizontally.

Gorgeous Light Effect

Now go to: Edit / Define Brush Preset… and press OK.

Gorgeous Light Effect

Return to the previous file, add a new Layer and select your personal brush.

Gorgeous Light Effect

Using white as the foreground color, create the shine as in the image.

Gorgeous Light Effect

The final result should be like this.

Final Result: A Gorgeous Light Effect

Gorgeous Light Effect

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27 Responses

  • Gebriel haileselassie say:

    just send me coreldraw tutorials

    1
  • Martin say:

    “Step 20″
    how did you make the line of the pen tool as an X where it gets smaller at the end of the line, and big in the middle. I did every thing you said and it didnt work.
    can you please tell me more specifik what you did?

    2
  • Dainis say:

    Hi, Martin. Perhaps I can help you. You need to take brush and go to the bush palette (F5) and there in shape dynamics on size Jitter take Pen pressure. Thats it. And next do all as it shows in tutorial :)

    3
  • Martin say:

    Hi Dainis, It worked, Thanks alot M8 :)

    4
  • TWEN STUDIO say:

    Pretty Cool !

    5
  • 2experts say:

    Very easy and great tutorial… thanks bro!

    6
  • moony say:

    how do you contour an image??

    7
  • Lizz say:

    my define brush preset is greyed out….
    help please.

    8
  • Dainis say:

    Lizz, maybe than you must check brush color that you used. If it isnt back you will get more brighter effect. Or you can just click more times with grayed brushes :)

    9
  • Aynur say:

    Very very nice, i liked it :)

    10
  • Greg B say:

    How do you use the pen tool to create that lattice?

    11
  • Dainis say:

    @Greg B, simply take Pent tool, draw one line, click again Pent tool, that will deselect anchor point and create more lines. That is it :) If you will have some other questions, please ask.

    12
  • Sarah Mae say:

    i don’t understand at all how to make the mask thing in the beginning. can some one give me a good tutorial or a page to read?

    i managed to make this without it but it looks a little funny

    13
  • GRAPHIC DESIGN PERÚ say:

    Me gusto mucho el tutorial :D , lo voy hacer en estos dias :D

    14
  • DeMoN say:

    Cool! but some harh for me…

    15
  • john say:

    explain how to Contour image and apply a mask and use the pen tool better.

    16
  • Lenie say:

    Hi, great tutorial, but can you explane how I contour the image (step 1).
    If I put a msk layer on it…mine layer is white, your’s black?
    How can I changes that.
    I will make this tutorial……
    greetings Lenie

    17
  • New Jersey Web Design say:

    This will really help me in expanding my design range!

    18
  • LR say:

    Great tutorial but I decided to go my own way. Check this out:

    https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/AqyCpciKnzFgTLoEa8fEJw?feat=directlink

    19
  • Miłek say:

    It’s great work ! thx men

    20
  • RD Web Design say:

    I love this tutorial, the original image is fantastic but this really put a bit of magic into it, thanks.

    21

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