Create a Dynamic Portrait with Flashy Light Effects

Create a Dynamic Portrait with Flashy Light Effects
Duplicate again the main lights layer and place copies around the image.Use the Eraser (E) tool with a round brush about 300 pixels wide and 0% hardness to erase parts not needed:

Step 5

Duplicate again the main layer but this time place it above the model's layer.Distort the image once again using the Warp transform option and erase anything unwanted. Set this layers blending mode to "Screen" instead of lighten.

Step 6

Create a new layer and go to the "Single Row Marquee tool" (M)(located under the options for the Marquee tool) and select any row horizontal row of pixels,right click and "Fill" with a bright yellow color.
Go now to Filter>Distort>Wave and use the setting below to distort the line into a wavy detail for the light effects.
Change the layer blending mode to "Linear Dodge" and place over the light effects.Use the eraser tool to delete the endings of the wave:
Duplicate this layer as much as you want and place the waves around the composition:

Step 7

Create a new layer on top of all the layers. We are going to add further detail on the light effects.Select the brush tool and grab a 3pixel round brush with 100% Hardness.Go to the Brushes presets menu and Check on the shape Dynamics option. Make sure the control is set to "Pen Pressure". Now switch to the pen too (P) and draw short paths following the direction of the light effects below. Then stroke the paths by right clicking and selecting "Stroke Path" and make sure to have the Brush selected as the "Tool" and to check the "Simulate Pressure" option:
Repeat this step many times to add detail around the image;You can also duplicate the layer and place it in different positions on the canvas.
Grab the "Rectangular Marquee tool" and make a selection on a new layer.Now take the Brush tool and select White as your foreground color.Using a brush of about 70 pixels wide and 0%Hardness , stroke along the edge of the selection:
Using again the Warp option,distort it to match the curves of the light effects and place copies of this layer around your composition:
Your image should now look something like this:

Step 8

Create a new layer and go to the Layer Style menu.Go to the option outer Glow and apply the next settings:
Select the "Rectangular Marquee tool" and draw small selections and then Fill them with white(Shift+Backspace) like shown below:
Once you have a long sequence of large and small rectangles filled with white and the Outer Glow effect, Use the Warp transform option to match the curves on the light effects:
Duplicate this layer many times and place the copies around the composition like we did before. You can also copy this layer style effect and paste it onto the other effects you have created (like the wave)and place different copies of this elements to enhance the composition and add further detail

Step 9

Create a new layer and select a round soft brush 65% pixels wide and 0% hardness with an opacity of 35% and white as your foreground color. Brush along the edges of the model to create a radiating light effect.You may need to do this several times to achieve this effect:

Step 10

No we are going to create the final Adjustments to finish off our image.This layers should be the top.Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Photo Filter and select a cool filter to give the image a blue tone:

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6 comments on “Create a Dynamic Portrait with Flashy Light Effects”

  1. if you find difficulties with step three, for e.g. i got constant black background behind the lights although i did all the steps, just change layer mode to lighten...

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