How to Create an Inspiring Light Bulb Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

How to Create an Inspiring Light Bulb Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

How to Create an Inspiring Light Bulb Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

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.

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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.

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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.

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On the following picture you can see how the Selective Color adjustment effects the image.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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