How to Create an Inspiring Light Bulb Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

How to Create an Inspiring Light Bulb Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Step 29 - Sharpening

The image would look better if it's sharper. To do that select the whole picture again by pressing Ctrl + A on your keyboard. Copy it merged (Ctrl + Shift + C) and paste it on the top of all layers. Name the layer SHARPENING. Go to Filter > Other > High Pass again but this time set the value Radius to you can see only thin lines around the edges. You can see what I mean on the picture bellow.
Change the Blending Mode of this layer on Overlay again.

Step 30 - Second Color Adjustment

In this step you're going to add bit more violet tones to the picture and also increase the contrast little bit. First the violet tones - add new layer on the top of all layers and name it e.g. MORE VIOLET. Grab the Gradient Tool (G) and pick #6827C0 color. Fill the layer with it. Change the Blending Mode of this layer on Soft Light and lower the Opacity on 15%. To increase the contrast add adjustment layer Gradient Map on the top of all layers. Choose Black, White gradient and press OK. Change Blending Mode of this layer on Luminosity.
Because of the increased contrast the area around the sun is too bright and it doesn't look nice. You need to hide the Gradient Map adjustment there. To do that click on vector mask of this adjustment, grab the Brush Tool (B) and paint with black over. You should get something like on the following picture.

Step 31 - Adding Vignette

I really like vignettes because they are easy way how to gently lead viewer's eye into the picture. To create vignette add new layer on the top of all layers and name it VIGNETTE. Grab the Gradient Tool (G), pick white color and fill the layer with it. Now go to Filter > Lens Correction (the path may vary in different version of Photoshop) or press Shift + Ctrl + R. Set it as on the following picture.
Now change the Blending Mode of this layer on Multiply.

Step 32 - Adding Reflection of the Sun

Now it's time to go back to our "light list" from the step 18. In this step you're going to add the reflection of the sun. I used the example photo again and circled the part of what you're going to create.
Create a new layer on the top of your layers and name it SUN REFLECTION. With the Eye Dropper Tool (I) select some very light color. Then grab the Brush Tool (B), set the Master Diameter on 40 pixels and lower the Opacity on 40%. Paint oval shape over the light bulb similarly as on the picture above. Below you can see how your image should look like.

Step 33 - Shadow From the Holder

One more thing from the list needs to be done - the shadow made by holder. Below you can see the shadow on the example picture.
To create this shadow add new layer on the top of the layers and name it HOLDER SHADOW. Pick some dark brown color from the ground. Grad the Brush Tool (B), set the Master Diameter on 100 pixels and Opacity on 40%. Paint shadow with similar shape as on the picture above. Below you can see the result of this step. It's just a gently change but adds more on the realism of the picture.

Step 34 - Adding Grain

There is easy and effective way how to unify the look of the manipulation - you can add grain to 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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