Lighting Effects Not Working In Photoshop

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Become gear up to relight your photos in Photoshop. I’k amazed at how many people tell me they have never heard of the really powerful LIGHTING Furnishings filter.

In this Photoshop Tutorial we are going to use the Lighting effects filter to simulate real lighting. This filter has a lot of powerful features. I’ll show you lot how to use them in this tutorial. We are going to d ii projects. The starting time is adding colored gels in Photoshop and the second is relighting a scene and adding texture. This is also office i of a 3 parter on the Lighting furnishings filter, look for the other two parts hither on PhotoshopCAFE. Delight watch the video for more detailed explanations and extra tips. This written component will serve every bit a bully reference for yous.

This is part one of a serial. Part 2 is here.

Lighting effects isn’t working?

I take received a lot of messages about different things non working, here are the common solutions.

  • Brand certain you are in RGB mode and 8bit color. (under Prototype>Way)
  • If y’all don’t see the controls, press Cmd/Ctrl+H
  • If its not working endeavour going to Preference>Performance and brand sure
    Utilise Graphics Processor

    is turned on.
  • Sometimes you have to quite Photoshop and go back in when changing texture channels, as it has a few little bugs.

Making Colored Gels in Photoshop

Here is a photo I grabbed from Adobe Stock. Lets start with a double gelled spotlight consequence

Step 1.

Choose Filter>Render>Lighting furnishings
(notation, you need to be in RGB manner and 8 scrap for this to work, you can find this under Epitome>Way)

There are 3 types of lights available

This is spot which is a spotlight / floodlight

Second calorie-free is a point light. This is a like a lightbulb in infinite.

Third is an infinite. This is a directional lite, like the sun.

Step 2

Under the presets at the top, choose a Triple Spotlight. These presets are quick ways to become started and some of them are quite cool looking.

You’ll see this

Step 3

Zoom out but using the zoom settings in the bottom corner, or Alt+scroll wheel on your mouse.

You tin drag on the points to change the size brightness and angle of the light.

Arrange the hotspot for a softer falloff.

Stride 4

Click on color to add some color to the low-cal.

Drag within the square swatch to choose the color. Information technology works but the the color picker in Photoshop.

Step 5

Adapt the intensity to choose the brightness of the light

Step 6

Y’all can brighten the residual of the photo with the ambience slider. This adjusts the overall brightness of the entire image.

Pace 7

Cull a different calorie-free to adjust. Y’all can select by clicking the light in the Lights panel.

Step 8

Let’s choose a complimentary colour. A nice orangish this time.

Step 9

For the 3rd light, y’all can hide information technology past clicking the eye icon side by side to information technology in the lights console, or select information technology and press the trash icon to remove information technology.

In this case, let’s continue it but lower the intensity and so we can even so see some of the chalk in the middle of the image. (the smoke effect is made by throwing chalk).

And the result looks like we lit the sides with colored lights, or colored gels on spotlights. Let’s continue..

Lighting a photo with a spotlight and realistic texture in Photoshop

Allow’s step information technology up a bit more with some other photograph from Adobe Stock. We volition add a dramatic spotlight.

Step i

Choose Filter>render>Lighting furnishings

This time choose Soft spotlight from the presets.

Step two

Resize the position the light so ship the beam down from the left side.

Here are the settings Im using

Step 3

Increment the ambient until you can but run into the background, but its still dark enough that the spotlight has a strong outcome.

(This is a great trick to simplify a busy paradigm and provide a nice surface area to add text for designers.)

Pace 4

Now for some magic.

Under texture, choose red. Nosotros are now loading the blood-red channel into the lighting effects (Nosotros will do Manner more with textures in upcoming tutorials on this, very soon).

Set up information technology to the lowest value of 1.

Look at how it popped the texture on the butt. This is more realistic because when you lot side light something (called raking light) information technology casts tiny shadows and pops texture.

And the effect.

Please come back before long I am calculation two more than parts:

Lighting a portrait is hither

every bit well as how to do crazy realistic and 3D looking textures with this filter.

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