Photoshop Tutorial: "Light Painting".

Greetings to all my friends and members of Dreamstime! I created another tutorial on Photoshop which I hope will be useful, both to enrich their cultural photographic, is to actually improve the quality of their photographs. Press on and open an image file on which to work.

Press the "Alt" key and click on the "New Layer " (bottom right). Select "Overlay " and click on the flag "Fill with Overlay-neutral color" (50% gray ) and opacity 100%, press OK . Now we can use the tools "Burn" and "Dodge", respectively, to darken and righten the lights. We select the parameter Interval" (top left ) to "Shadows" "Halftone" and "Lights" and adjust the command Exposure" depending on our needs. In general I use the "Halftone" and a "exposure" between 30-40%.

With the key combination "Alt" and right mouse button , select a decidedly low intensity of the brush, (the keys must be pressed and moving the mouse vertically adjusts the intensity in horizontal adjust the size) even 0% if we have to make changes very delicate.

The gray level (Level 1) works exactly like a mask, we can further adjust as another parameter, for a general surrender the opacity of the layer.

This technique is very effective to eliminate or mitigate unwanted shadows, in order to emphasize certain elements or areas of an image, to create a contrast also very high, both overall and locally , focusing on the point of interest. Another use of the same technique with masks of light.

Select from the palette "Channels", choose a single channel between "Red", "Green" or "Blue" and hold down the "Ctrl" key.

So you've created a selection, or a luminosity mask. Return to the palette "Layers" and applied tools "Dodge " and "Burn" having already created course the full level of gray blending mode "Overlay ". For a softer effect, I also recommend the blending mode to "Soft Light" for an soft effect.

You can also create selections with the tool "Color Range", located on the top menu "Selection". I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Your comments any appreciation or criticism will be welcome, a greeting!

This is a picture where I made heavy use of the technique described above.

] ]

Photo credits: FabioConcetta.
View blog View portfolio
  • FabioConcetta
I started as an autodidact with analog photography and darkroom, studying on many books. Now with digital, my software are Photoshop and Illustrator.

Your comment must be written in English.

We value all opinions and we will not censor or delete comments unless they come from fake accounts or contain spam, threats, false facts or vulgarity.


June 11, 2014

You are very kind, thank you Seashell317 ^_^


June 10, 2014

Very helpful article. Thanks for taking the time to write and share.


June 10, 2014

The finest web design company. Excellent sites currently reasonably priced discover additional by Client Solution Innovations


May 03, 2014

Thank you very much to all!


May 02, 2014

You have a very beautiful fotgrafii! I will learn Photoshop. I hope I can take pictures as beautiful as you!


April 19, 2014

Thanks, this is very useful !


April 16, 2014

Thank you Lenuta!


April 16, 2014

Thank you for sharing, Concetta! Useful blog!


April 16, 2014

Thank you all for your positive comments!


April 16, 2014

Thanks for this, I am a longtime photoshop user and use many different techniques to achieve this kind of look, I think this was one of the best techniques I have seen though!


April 15, 2014

Thank you !


April 14, 2014

Thanks for sharing your expertise.


April 12, 2014

Thanks for sharing.


April 12, 2014

Thank you!


April 11, 2014

Good tip. I will try it in my future images. Thanks for sharing.


April 10, 2014

Thank you for the comments, unfortunately I can not post the before and after!


April 09, 2014

Great blog, thanks for sharing...


April 09, 2014

Thanks for the tip!


April 09, 2014

These are beautiful… it would help to see the before as well as the after :)


April 08, 2014

Not at all Konstantin32 and Osmar01 ^_^