How to Create a Sci-Fi Lighting Scene with Photoshop

How to Create a Sci-Fi Lighting Scene with Photoshop

Step 31

Apply a Motion Blur with the following settings:

Duplicate this layer and move it a bit to the right. Use a layer mask to make the light part near the light column visible only.

Step 32

Make a group for these light layers and the group's mode to Linear Dodge 100%. Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to change the light's color to fit the rest of the background.

Step 33

Isolate the man and resize him to be much smaller and add him to the middle position of the light column.

Step 34

Create a Color Balance adjustment layer and alter the Midtones and Highlights values:

Step 35

Make a Curves adjustment layer to darken the man a bit. On the layer mask, paint on the top of the man so it won't become too dark.

Step 36

Add a Color Fill layer and pick the color #a4bde4 to make the man blended better with the glowing light. Change this layer mode to Screen 40% and use a layer mask to reduce the light on the head and hands of the man.

Step 37

Create a new layer, use a soft brush with the color #c5e7ff to paint more light effect around the man. Change this layer mode to Overlay 70%.

Step 38

Make a new layer on top of the layers and use a small medium-soft brush with the color #c4ddf9 to paint tiny dots from the hole to the top of the light. Press [ and ] while painting to change the size of the brush.
Change the mode of this layer to Color Dodge 100% .

Step 39

Double click this layer, choose Outer Glow. Set the color of glow to #c4ddf9.
Apply a Motion Blur with the following settings:

Step 40

Add a mask to this layer to reduce the unwanted light outside the hole and around the man.

Duplicate this layer and flip it horizontally (Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal) . Move it to the right of the light column to fill in it.

Step 41

Make a new layer and use a soft brush with the color #a1aab3 to paint around the man . Change this layer mode to Overlay 100%.
Add another layer and use the same brush to paint above the man. Change this layer mode to Overlay 100% and use a layer mask to reduce some light if needed.

Duplicate this layer twice and move it up a bit to make the highlight on the top stronger and more visible.

Final Result

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