Photo Manipulation

How to Create an Inspiring Light Bulb Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial I’d like to show you an easy and quick way on how to blend glass and apply lighting effects and color adjustments to get the exact picture you want.

Preview of Final Results


Inspiring Light Bulb Photo Manipulation Photoshop Tutorial


Step 1 – Preparing the Document

Create a new document in Photoshop. To do that go to File > New… or press Ctrl + N. Set the value Width on 600 pixels and Height on 400 pixels. Press OK.


Download the picture of the sunset and the picture of the ground and place it into the new document. Name the layer with sunset SKY and the layer with ground GROUND. Place layer GROUND above the SKY. Click on the layer GROUND and press Ctrl + T. Then resize the image on proper size. Do the same with SKY. Below you can see how your image should look like so far.


Step 2 – Cutting Out the Sky From the Ground

In this step you´re going to cut out the sky from the ground picture. You can do it very easily thanks to Channels. To do that click on the palette Channels. If you don´t see it go to Window > Chanels. On the palette you can see RGB, Red, Green and Blue channel. Right click on the Blue channel and duplicate it.

TIP: If you cut out something with Channels, always duplicate the channel where is the biggest contrast between the object you want to cut out and the rest of the image.

Let make only the Blue copy channel visible and the rest invisible.


Go to Image > Adjustments > Levels… (or press Ctrl + T on your keyboard) and set the Input Levels as on the picture below.


The channel should look like on the following picture. You did this thing with Levels because you want to have solid black and white color – it indicates where the selection will be. White color will be selected, black stays unselected. Grey tones between will be selected with different opacities. E. g. 50% mid grey color will have selection with 50% opacity.


Grab the Brush Tool (B), select some hard round brush and pick white color. Paint over the grey parts of the sky. Be careful along the horizontal line. You do this because you want to have selected the whole sky – you want to cut out all the clouds not only some parts. Below you can see how the image should look like.


Click back on the RGB channel to be able to see the image in colors again. Click on the GROUND on your palette Layers and go to Select > Load Selection… and in the box Channel choose the option Blue copy. Press OK.


This step activates the selection based on the “Blue copy” channel. Everything which was white will be selected, black stays unselected. Now simply press Delete on your keyboard to delete the sky from the picture with ground. After this step you should have picture similar to the one below.


Step 3 – Adjusting the Mountain

If you take a look on the picture above you can probably see that the mountains on the horizon should be less blue and more orange because of the sun nearby. You´ll fix it in this step.

Add new adjustment layer Selective Color on the top of your layers (To do that click on the button “Create a new fill or adjustment layer” which can be found on the bottom part of the palette Layers. If you don´t see this palette go to Window > Palette or simply press F7 on your keyboard.)

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