How to Create an Inspiring Light Bulb Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

How to Create an Inspiring Light Bulb Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Step 20 - Yellow Lines Around the Edges

Second thing on the list is adding the yellow lines. I circled them on the example image again so you can see better what you will create in this step.
To add these lines create a new layer on the top of all layers and name it YELLOW LINES. Pick some light yellow from the picture with the Eye Dropper Tool (I). Grab the Brush Tool (B), select some soft round brush and set the Master Diameter on 4 pixels. Set the Opacity on about 60%. Now paint the upper line. Change the Master Diameter on 8 pixels and paint the reflection on the bottom. This step would be easier if you have a tablet but it can be done with mouse too. You just need little more patience. On the following picture it's shown how your image should look so far.

Step 21 - Aura Around the Light Bulb

You will add the rest of the thing from the list little later. Now lets focus on something different. To make the light bulb looks like it is really shining it should have decent aura around. You'll create it in this step. Add a new layer on the top of the layers and name it AURA. Grab the Brush Tool (B), pick some very light yellow or orange color and lower the opacity of the brush on 20%. Set the Master Diameter on 60 pixels. Paint white stroke around the light bulb, not around the holder. Below you can see how the image looks with and without this step.

Step 22 - Reflection to the Light Bulb

The light bulb and the flowers inside should have bit more orange tones. To add them grab the Lasso Tool (L) and select part of the sky. Make the shape of the selection similar as the shape of the bulb.
Go to Edit > Copy Merged on press Ctrl + Shift + C on your keyboard to copy the merged image. Then press Ctrl + V to paste the selection. Name this new layer e.g. ORANGE TONES and place in on the top of the layers. Grab the Move Tool (V) and move the layer above the light bulb. Change the Blending Mode on Soft Light and lower the opacity on 50%. To blend this layer with the rest of the image even nicely add vector mask to this layer, grab the Brush Tool (B), select some soft round brush, pick black color, lower the opacity of the brush on about 50% and over the edges of the layer to blend it.

Step 23 - First Color Adjustments

Now it's time to focus on color adjustments. In this step you're going to desaturate the picture a little, change color with Selective Color and add violet tones. First of all you'll desaturate the picture a little. Add new adjustment layer Hue/Saturation on the top of the layers and set the value Saturation on -12.
Let's move on Selective Color adjustment. I really like this one because you can make quite dramatic changes by only this one tool. Add new adjustment layer Selective Color on the top of your layers and set it as on the following picture.
On the following picture you can see how the Selective Color adjustment effects the image.
Last thing you do in this step is adding gently violet tones. Add new layer on the top of all layers and name it VIOLET TONES. Grab the Gradient Tool (G), pick #7F4286 violet color and fill the layer. Then change the Blending Mode of this layer on Soft Light and lower the Opacity on 40%. You should get something similar to the following picture.

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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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