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How to Create Dramatic Light in Your Fantasy Photo Manipulation

You don’t want to see the light on woman’s face and body. To hide that add new layer mask to this layer. Grab the Brush Tool (B), select some soft round brush, pick black color and set the Opacity on 100%. Paint over the face and body to hide the light there.After this step your photo manipulation should be similar to the image shown below.
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Step 20 – Light on Hair

To make the light effect on woman’s hair more realistic you need to brighten the left part bit more. You’ll focus on it in this step.Add new empty layer on the top of all layers and name it LIGHT ON HAIR. Change its Blending Mode from Normal to Color Dodge again. Grab the Brush Tool (B), select soft round brush, set its Opacity on 20% and pick bright orange color. Paint around the edge of left side of woman’s hair and face. On the following image you can see where you should paint.
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Step 21 – Adding Dust

In this step you’ll add more details to your picture by adding dust texture behind the woman. It also helps to create an atmosphere of old, forgotten library.Download the Dust Texture listed in the beginning of this tutorial and drag it into your photo manipulation. Place it on the top of all layers and name it DUST. Press Ctrl+T to activate the Free Transform Tool and rotate the texture on left side (see image below). Press Enter to apply the changes. Right click on the layer DUST and choose the option Duplicate layer. Click on the just duplicated layer, press Ctrl+T on your keyboard and rotate it on the right side.
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 Change Blending Mode of both layers from Normal to Screen to blend it better with the rest of the image. Lower the Opacity of the texture on the left on 40% and Opacity of the texture on the right on 20%.To blend them even better with the rest of the photo manipulation add layer mask to both of them. Grab the Brush Tool (B), pick black color and set the Opacity on 40%. Paint over the woman and her dress to hide the texture there. Paint also over the edges of the texture to create smooth transitions.
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Step 22 – Final Darkening and Lightening

In this step you’ll use one texture to both darken and lighten your image. Download the Light Texture listed in the beginning of the tutorial and drag it into your photo manipulation. Place it on the top of all layers and name it DARKENING. Change its Blending Mode from Normal to Subtract and lower its Opacity on 15%.Right click on the layer and choose the option Duplicate layer. Place this new layer on the top of all layers and name it LIGHTEN. Change its Blending Mode from Subtract to Lighten. Set its Opacity on 5%.
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Final Results

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About the Author

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Thank you for following the tutorial. I hope it was useful for you and you get some inspiration for your next work. If you want to see more of my work please visit my website.- Jarka Hrnčárková

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