How to Create an Inspiring Light Bulb Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

How to Create an Inspiring Light Bulb Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
I write it in all tutorials but I feel I need to mention it here too - try to use adjustment layers instead of direct adjustments as often as possible. This way you can change it during the whole process of doing manipulation not as long as History remembers your steps. In other words - thanks to adjustment layers adjustment is always reversible and changeable. Set the adjustment layer Selective Color in the same way as you can see on the following picture.
Right click on this adjustment layer and select the option Create Clipping Mask. This way the adjustment affects only one layer bellow which means the GROUND. Click on the thumbnail of this layer (see picture below), grab the Gradient Tool (G), pick black color and fill the thumbnail with it.
Grab the Brush Tool (B), pick white color and paint over the mountain. This way the adjustment affects only the mountains and not the whole GROUND. Your image should look like the one below so far.
As you can see on previous picture the adjustment makes mountain bit more orange/rose but not over all parts and because of that they look badly stained. To fix that create a new layer on the top of your layers. Create clipping mask from it and name it e. g. MORE ORANGE. Grab the Brush Tool (B), select some soft round brush, set Master Diameter on about 20 pixels and Opacity on 30%. pick some color similar to colors of the sky and gently paint over the parts of mountain which stay too blue. Once you´re finished your image should look like the one bellow.

Step 4 - Reflection of Sun

If you look at some sunset photos you may notice that the sun creates "aura" on the objects behind which it shines. You will create the aura in this step. TIP: You can take a look at two examples of this aura - photography "Sunset" by satomy79 on deviantart and painting "Cretaceous Sunset" by kerembeyit. Make GROUND invisible for a while (click on the small eye icon).
Grab the Marquee Tool (M) and select the bottom part of the sun with the aura.
Copy the selection (Ctrl + C) and paste it on the top of the layers (Ctrl + V). Name the layer SUN AURA and change the Blending Mode on Color Dodge. Lower the Opacity on 80%. Make the GROUND visible again. Add vector mask to the layer SUN AURA. You can find the button Add vector mask on the bottom part of the palette Layers.
Grab the Brush Tool (B), select some soft round brush, lower the opacity on about 50% and pick black color. Paint around the edges of the aura to blend it properly. On the following picture you can see how your image should look like.

Step 5 - Adding the Light Bulb

It's time to add the light bulb. Download the picture of light bulb from the link I've provided on the beginning of the tutorial and drag it into the manipulation. Place the layer on the top of all layers and name it LIGHT BULB. Press Ctrl + T and resize it on proper size. Tip: There is plenty of ways how to blend glass. You can blend it with the help of Channels (it's quite similar as what you did in the step 2) or with different blending modes - e.g. if you have photo of the glass on the black background the easiest way how to blend it is to change the Blending Mode on Screen. It makes the black background invisible but the glass stays visible. You should try it!

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2 comments on “How to Create an Inspiring Light Bulb Photo Manipulation in Photoshop”

  1. detailed and creative. I,m from Belize CA. I got photoshop cs6 like 6 months ago and it has become my new hobby ever since. this tutorial has excellent tips on blending modes and will certainly improve my skills. keep up the good work and thanks for the inspiration.

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