Improving My Cosplay Photoshop Part 4

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Round 4 of 999, fight. This round, I deal with the blings. I mean how to fake blings and create more epic drama.

THE EASIEST LIGHT EVER

1) Create a new layer, set the blend mode to “overlay”. Hard light or soft light works as well, depending on the picture.

2) Paint with a soft brush at varying opacity. Done.

3) As a bit of added bonus, try adding some dust specks to level up the drama.

Note : The “color” of the light can be changed with a hue / saturation layer, or another gradient map layer.

Drama with a little light effect

THE NOT-SO-EASY LIGHT WITH LENS FLARE EFFECT

1) Draw a circle marquee, as big as you deem fit.

2) Create new layer, fill with 50% grey.

3) Filter -> Render -> Lens Flare (Choose whichever you like)

4) Set the layer to “hard light”, drag and scale the layer as you deem fit.

5) The lens flare layer will have a hard edge. Get rid of it with a new layer mask -> radial gradient fill.

Note : You can easily change the color of the light with a hue / saturation adjustment layer or another gradient map layer.

Note : If you paint light sources, remember that they light things up and cast shadows.

Termicator

THE GOD RAYS

1) Duplicate the base background.

2) Filter -> Blur -> Radial Blur -> Set the zoom to a very high amount depending on your image size.

3) Attempt to “shift” the blur center until it fits your image light source. Trial-and-error until you get the blur center correct.

4) Hide the blurred layer and create a new one.

5) Paint white on the new layer and apply filter (ctrl-F or cmd-F)

6) Rinse-and-repeat, paint on several new layers if you wish until you get the effects right.

Well, I cheated a bit with an easy image.

THE RIM LIGHT

1) Select your cut-out subject -> new layer style -> inner glow.

2) Change blend mode to color dodge, bump opacity to 100%, change the color according to your scene, and play with the size and choke.

3) Right click on the effect layer -> new layer.

4) Paint on the effect layer mask.

LET THERE BE LIGHT

Termicator unleashed

Well, I think that is a few more skill points into my pocket. Hope you guys are inspired by my random learning lessons. Cheers and have fun!


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