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.
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.
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.
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
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!