How to Create an Inspiring Light Bulb Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

How to Create an Inspiring Light Bulb Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Step 24 - Second Lens Flare

In this step you're going to make the lens flare more detailed by adding different type of it. Add a new layer on the top of your layers and name it LENS FLARE #2. Grab the Gradient Tool (G) and fill the layer with solid black color. Go to Filter > Render > Lens Flare and set the window as on the picture below.
Change the Blending Mode of this layer on Screen to blend it properly.

Step 25 - Adjusting the Lens Flare

As you may see on the following picture the effect of the lens flare is too bright and it doesn't look nice.
To make the effect more decent add vector mask to this layer. Grab the Brush Tool (B), pick black color, lower the opacity on 50% and paint over the area with the brightest spot. Then lower the opacity of the brush even more on 30% and make the transition between the blue lines and the background smoother.

Step 26 - Darkening the Light Bulb

The light bulb should be bit darker. You'll fix it in this step. Add new adjustment layer Exposure on the top of all layers and set the values as it's shown on the following picture.
Because you want to the adjustment affects only the light bulb but not the rest of the image you need to make the adjustment visible only on the light bulb. Click on the vector mask of this layer. Grab the Gradient Tool (G), pick black color and fill the vector mask. Then grab the Brush Tool (B), pick white color, set the opacity on 80% and paint over the light bulb. Below it's shown how your image should look after this adjustment.

Step 27 - Changing Lights And Shadows

Lights and shadows on the flowers don't fit to the light scene of the rest image. You'll change them in this step. Add new layer on the top of all layers and name it e.g. LIGHTS AND SHADOWS. Grab the Gradient Tool (G) and fill the layer with #808080 grey color. Change the Blending Mode of this layer on Overlay. Grab the Brush Tool (B), pick white color, lower the opacity on about 15% and paint over the areas where lights should be. Then pick black color and paint the shadows. Below you can see what I painted to get the inspiration.
As you can see I focused on the flowers outside the light bulb because I think that the flowers inside doesn't need this step. But if you don't agree with it feel free to change also the flowers inside.

Step 28 - Adding the Blur

Flowers which are behind the glass should be bit blurred. You're going to fix it in this step. Press Ctrl + A to select the whole picture and then go to Edit > Copy Merged or press Ctrl + Shift + C on your keyboard. Then go to Edit > Paste or press Ctrl + V to paste the merged image. Place this new layer on the top of all layers and name it BLUR. Go to Filter > Other > High Pass... and set the value Radius on 3 pixels.
Now you need to invert the colors to get the blur. If you don't do it the adjustment would make the picture sharper. Go to Image > Adjustments > Invert or press Ctrl + I on your keyboard. Change the Blending Mode of this layer on Overlay.
As you can see the whole picture is blurred but you want only the flowers in the light bulb. To make the unwanted blur invisible add vector mask to this layer. Grab the Brush Tool (B), pick black color, set the Opacity on 100% and paint over the areas you want to have sharp. After this step you should have your picture similar to the picture below.

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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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