Photoshop Tutorial: "Light Painting".

posted on 3rd of april, 2014

Greetings to all my friends and members of Dreamstime! I created another tutorial on Photoshop which I hope will be useful, both to enrich their cultural photographic, is to actually improve the quality of their photographs. Press on and open an image file on which to work.
Press the "Alt" key and click on the "New Layer " (bottom right). Select "Overlay " and click on the flag "Fill with Overlay-neutral color" (50% gray ) and opacity 100%, press OK . Now we can use the tools "Burn" and "Dodge", respectively, to darken and righten the lights. We select the parameter Interval" (top left ) to "Shadows" "Halftone" and "Lights" and adjust the command Exposure" depending on our needs. In general I use the "Halftone" and a "exposure" between 30-40%.

With the key combination "Alt" and right mouse button , select a decidedly low intensity of the brush, (the keys must be pressed and moving the mouse vertically adjusts the intensity in horizontal adjust the size) even 0% if we have to make changes very delicate.
The gray level (Level 1) works exactly like a mask, we can further adjust as another parameter, for a general surrender the opacity of the layer.
This technique is very effective to eliminate or mitigate unwanted shadows, in order to emphasize certain elements or areas of an image, to create a contrast also very high, both overall and locally , focusing on the point of interest. Another use of the same technique with masks of light.
Select from the palette "Channels", choose a single channel between "Red", "Green" or "Blue" and hold down the "Ctrl" key.
So you've created a selection, or a luminosity mask. Return to the palette "Layers" and applied tools "Dodge " and "Burn" having already created course the full level of gray blending mode "Overlay ". For a softer effect, I also recommend the blending mode to "Soft Light" for an soft effect.
You can also create selections with the tool "Color Range", located on the top menu "Selection". I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Your comments any appreciation or criticism will be welcome, a greeting!

This is a picture where I made heavy use of the technique described above.

Comments (50)

Posted by FabioConcetta on June 11, 2014
You are very kind, thank you Seashell317 ^_^
Posted by Seashell317 on June 10, 2014
Very helpful article. Thanks for taking the time to write and share.
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Posted by FabioConcetta on May 03, 2014
Thank you very much to all!
Posted by 1nadezhda1 on May 02, 2014
You have a very beautiful fotgrafii! I will learn Photoshop. I hope I can take pictures as beautiful as you!
Posted by Mudplucker on April 19, 2014
Thanks, this is very useful !
Posted by FabioConcetta on April 16, 2014
Thank you Lenuta!
Posted by Lenutaidi on April 16, 2014
Thank you for sharing, Concetta! Useful blog!
Posted by FabioConcetta on April 16, 2014
Thank you all for your positive comments!
Posted by Alreklam on April 16, 2014
Thanks for this, I am a longtime photoshop user and use many different techniques to achieve this kind of look, I think this was one of the best techniques I have seen though!
Posted by Fairytanghuiyun on April 15, 2014
Thank you !
Posted by Haotian on April 14, 2014
Thanks for sharing your expertise.
Posted by FabioConcetta on April 13, 2014
Not at all!
Posted by Onime on April 12, 2014
Thanks for sharing.
Posted by FabioConcetta on April 12, 2014
Thank you!
Posted by Mrhighsky on April 11, 2014
Good tip. I will try it in my future images. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by FabioConcetta on April 10, 2014
Thank you for the comments, unfortunately I can not post the before and after!
Posted by Egomezta on April 09, 2014
Great blog, thanks for sharing...
Posted by Aviahuismanphotography on April 09, 2014
Thanks for the tip!
Posted by Mmc2013 on April 09, 2014
These are beautiful… it would help to see the before as well as the after :)
Posted by FabioConcetta on April 08, 2014
Not at all Konstantin32 and Osmar01 ^_^
Posted by Osmar01 on April 07, 2014
Thank you for sharing. I like to try and experiment with Ps. Thank you.
Posted by Konstantin32 on April 07, 2014
O! Is a great , thank's!
Posted by FabioConcetta on April 07, 2014
Not at all!
Posted by Mancio on April 07, 2014
Very useful, thank you!
Posted by FabioConcetta on April 06, 2014
Thank you, let me know your impressions!
Posted by Phoenixci on April 06, 2014
Thank you for sharing, can't wait to get back home from this trip and give it a try!
Posted by FabioConcetta on April 06, 2014
Thank you Deja63!
Posted by Dejai63 on April 06, 2014
Thank you very much for sharing !
Posted by FabioConcetta on April 05, 2014
Thank you ^_^

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