How to Create an Inspiring Light Bulb Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

How to Create an Inspiring Light Bulb Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Step 11 - Ading the Flowers

Now it´s time to add flowers and leaves. It´s pretty simple step but little time consuming. Cut out the background of the flower if it´s necessary, drag it into the manipulation, resize it properly and put it on the right place. Do the same process with all flowers and leaves. Below you can see the video showing how I added the flowers. And on the following picture there is shown which flower is from which stock.

Step 12 - Glass In Front of the Flowers

Right now the flowers look like they are in front of the light bulb, not inside. You'll fix it in this step. The way how to do it is quite easy. Right click on the layer LIGHT BULB and select option Duplicate Layer. Name this new layer e.g. BULB IN FRONT and place it on the top of all layers. Lower the opacity of this layer on 40%.

Step 13 - Adding Shadows Under the Flowers

Now it's time to add shadows under the flowers to make them looking that they're not levitating but standing on the ground. TIP: Always if you add some new object to your manipulation don't forget to think about shadows which the object automatically creates. Every object (except those who are flying) should have thin line of shadow between itself and the object on which it's standing. Create a new layer under the layers with flowers and name it e.g. SHADOWS UNDER FLOWERS. Grab the Eye Dropper Tool (I) and select some dark brown color again. Then grab the Brush Tool (B), select some soft round brush and set the Master Diameter on 25 px. Lower the Opacity of the brush on 50%. Now start painting shadows. Bellow you can see how the flowers look with and without the shadows. I change the background on light green color to you can see the result better.

Step 14 - Adding a Crack

Select one of the pictures with crack mentioned in the beginning of the tutorial (I selected the one named "01.jpg") and drag it into your manipulation. Place the layer on the top of all layers and name it CRACK. Press Ctrl + T and resize it on proper size. You can also rotate it a little to it will fit better on the light bulb. Look at the following picture to get the inspiration.
There is really easy way how to blend the image of the crack with the rest of the picture. Change the Blending Mode of this layer from Normal to Screen. Add vector mask to this layer. Grab the Brush Tool (B), pick black color and paint over the areas of the crack which should dissapear to be properly blended. On the picture below you can see how the crack should look so far.

Step 15 - Warp the Crack

There are still two things I don't like about the crack. First the crack is quite bad visible and deserves bigger contrast. Second the crack doesn't copy the shape of the bulb. The bulb is rounded but the crack is too flat. To increase the contrast of the crack go to Image > Adjustments > Levels... or press Ctrl + L and set the Input Levels on 0; 1,00; 200.
To make the crack looking like it's really on the bulb you need to warp it a little. To do that go to Edit > Transform > Warp. The grid shows up and you can adapt it to be similarly rounded as the light bulb. Below you can see how to do 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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