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.
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Photo credits: FabioConcetta.