///Quick Photoshop Lighting Tips for Photographers

Quick Photoshop Lighting Tips for Photographers

Are you new to Photoshop and looking for ways to enhance photos without having to stress yourself out reading hundreds of tutorials. These four techniques are no brainers that will make your designs “pop”. All of them are also ways to fake more advanced techniques. Each of them are simple and only require about five steps each.

Faux Posterization

  1. Open your image and duplicate the background layer (which should be your image).
  2. Under “Layer Style” change the topmost layers Blend Option value to “Vivid Light”.
  3. Set the Opacity of the topmost layer to “50%”. done the resulting image should be pretty high contrast and washed out.
  4. If you so choose change your Image>>Mode setting to grayscale for a posterized black and white version.

Brilliant Color and Haze

  • Open your image and duplicate the background layer (which should be your image).
  • Under “Layer Style” change the topmost layers Blend Option value to “Multiply” and Opacity to “75%”.
  • Duplicate the background layer again. Drag this layer above the last layer.
  • Set the Blend Option value to “Hard Light”.
  • Apply Filter >> Blur >> Gaussian Blur.
  • High Contrast

  • Open your image and duplicate the background layer (which should be your image).
  • Go to Image >> Adjustments >> Black and White (click here to see). Don’t worry so much about the settings here, just leave them at the default settings and click “OK”.
  • Set the black and white Layer to Hard Light. Instant high contrast (bright whites, dark blacks). Duplicate the black and white layer again for an even stronger effect.
  • Faux Tone Mapping

  • Open your image and duplicate the background layer (which should be your image).
  • Select Filter >> Other >> High Pass and use a setting of 50px. Keep in mind, the lower the setting here the stronger the effect.
  • Change the topmost setting to “Linear Burn” and change the opacity to 50%.
  • Keep in mind these techniques aren’t the best ways to do this, but if you just want to spice up your photos and have no interest in truly learning Photoshop then they might work for you!

    2010-05-19T22:26:49+00:00 May 30th, 2008|Photoshop|1 Comment

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    1. PhotoShopFan July 25, 2008 at 5:41 PM

      Learning how to use Photoshop light effects is essential to any photographer’s portfolio.

      Thanks.

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