How to Create A Long Exposure Sunset Image Using Photoshop

How to Create A Long Exposure Sunset Image Using Photoshop
Create a new layer and rename it to “light”. We will be adding light to the center of the image to improve the sky’s contrast. Put this layer on top of the “shadow” layer. Activate your Brush tool (B) and input the following values:
  • Brush size: 2500px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 8%
  • Flow: 100%
  • Brush color: ffffff

Step 5 - Create a Vignette

In this step, we would be creating a Vignette to make our subject stand out. To start off, go to the Menu bar and click on File > New and use the same settings we used to create our canvas. (Refer to Step 1). But take note, the background contents should be: WHITE. Once it has been created, go to Filter > Distort > Lens Correction. Find the tab Vignette and use these settings:
  • Vignette amount: -100
  • Midpoint: +50
Now that that’s done drag the vignette to our canvas using the Move tool (V) and put it on top of all the layers that we’ve created, and then set its Blending mode to Multiply and its Opacity to 75%. Note: The Blending mode can be found in the Layer window, the Opacity tab is just beside it. You may also access the Blending mode by double clicking on the layer that you want the Blending mode changed.

Step 6 - Adding the Texture

Now we will be adding our texture to give the image a distinct feel and color. Open “Paper Texture 1” and drag it to our image using the Move tool (V). Once it is on our canvas, activate the Transform tool to resize it to fit our canvas.
Now let’s change its blending mode; input these settings:
  • Blending mode: Soft light
  • Opacity: 20%
After you’ve done that, you’d notice that there are some unwanted lines on the sky which resulted from the texture that we’ve added. We’ll need to remove that and in order to do so; we’ll need the Clone Stamp tool (S). Activate the tool and input these settings:
  • Brush size: 300px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
See the image below for the result of using the Clone Stamp tool.

Step 7 - Retouch the image

In this step, we will be giving the image a retouch. We will recolor it, and make it more breathtaking. Click on the “Create new fill layer or adjustment layer”.
Upon clicking that button pick Solid Color from the menu. Opening the Solid Color from the menu opens the Color Picker box. Upon opening, input these values on the “#” box.
  • #: 000326
When the box closes, change the Blending mode to “Exclusion” and set the Opacity to 40%. Create another Solid color adjustment layer and then input this value on the “#” box.
  • #: ef851e
Change the Blending mode to “Soft Light” and the Opacity to 20% when the box closes. Now let’s create a Gradient Map adjustment layer. Click on “Create new fill layer or adjustment layer” button and choose Gradient Map from the contextual menu.
Press OK and once it appears on the Laye r window, change its Blending mode to Luminosity, while leave the Opacity unchanged. Next, let’s create a Color Balance adjustment layer. Once the Color Balance box opens, input these values, respectively:
  • Color Levels: +15, 0, -15
  • Tone Balance: Midtones
  • Preserve Luminosity: Checked
Now, click on the “Create new fill layer or adjustment layer” and let’s make a Levels adjustment layer. When the box opens, input these values:
  • Channel: Blue
  • Input levels: 15, 1.00, 255
  • Output levels: 0, 255
Next, let’s adjust the Brightness/Contrast; create a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer and input the following values:

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3 comments on “How to Create A Long Exposure Sunset Image Using Photoshop”

  1. WoooW !!
    This is fantastic not only the image but the processes. Totally awesome. Thanks very much !!!!

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