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Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Today I will be showing you how to take a stock image and turn it into a futuristic composition that uses various Photoshop techniques. We will be doing some work with Brush tool and implementing color and light effects to achieve the end result. If you are ready then start up Photoshop and let’s get started.

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Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop with the size 1024px by 1280px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Select the background layer in Layers panel and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Gradient Overlay.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next background:

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Use now the Rectangle Tool (U) to represent a kind of surface like the next one:

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Inner Shadow.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Add Gradient Overlay:

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer which must be filled using the Paint Bucket Tool (G) with #BBBCBA color.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Apply for this layer the enxt filter: Filter>Noise>Add Noise.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 39% for this layer and change the Blending mode to Divide.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select for it the Soft Round brush of black color (set Opacity to 20% in Options bar).

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to make darker the surfaces’ edge as it is demonstrated on the next picture:

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Find a stock photo, I used this photo from Shutterstock. I would like to thank the author of this photo, or if you prefer, you can substitute similar image of your own.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Remove the background using your favorite tools like Pen Tool (P), Magic Wand Tool (W), Magnetic Lasso (L) or even a simple Filter>Extract and insert it on a new layer in our main document.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Create the next new layer and select for it the Soft Round brush of white color (set Opacity to 20% in Options bar).

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint on the girl’s image the certain indicated zones.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Overlay.

Apply a Fantastic Lighting and Coloring Effect on Images with Photoshop CS5

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