Even fairies have to rest - glow and lightning tutorial.

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In this tutorial I'll show You how to add glow and lightning effects to a photography. But this won't be only glowing tantacles, we will try to make something more creative.


Step 1

First of all, we need an image which we can work with. I found one on sxc.hu. It's an image taken by rghitulesc, and You can get it from here. Ofcourse You can pick any other image, which You think will be OK. Because I have a concept to keep this photo darker, and make a "fairy tale" from it, I made some adjustments. First I resized it to 800x600 px (Image > Image Size or Alt + Ctrl + I), duplicated my background layer (Ctrl + J), and setted Blending Mode to Difference with 35% Opacity. Then I duplicated this layer again, but this time I used Multiply and 45% Opacity. I made duplication once more, this time using Overlay and 100% Opacity.

Tip: If You are using different image, try to experiment with layer blending modes, number of layers and with opacity. I always improvise with this and I never know what kind of effect I'll get. I stop when I feel that this is it (sometmes I start with dark effect in mind, but after few experiments I stay with light and bright result).

Step 2

To add a little more "magic look" to my image I made two more things. First I duplicated background layer again, i placed this layer on the top and used Filter > Other > High Pass with 1,0 Radius. After that i used Overlay blending mode with 100% Opacity for this layer. This will make my image a little sharper. Next i made new layer and used Filter > Render > Clouds, and after that Filter > Render > Difference Clouds (make sure that You have white as Your foreground and black as Your background colour). Then I made Gradient Fill adjustment Layer (I used standard photoshop gradient called Spectrum) and holding Alt key i clicked between my clouds and gradient layers to link them. Now i just changed blending mode to Color Dodge for clouds layer.

Tip: You can use other methods for sharpening Your image, or even don't sharpen it. You can use diffrent gradient too (but keep it colorful).

Step 3

Now I took Pen Tool (P) and made a path which will be mine glow. You can create something similar. Feel free to improvise (You can save this patch if You want).

Step 4

Create new layer. Select soft round brush with small size (I used 3px) ad white color. Open Brush Presets and set Minimum Diameter to 15%. Go to Your path palete, click right mouse button and select Stroke Path. Make sure, that Simulate Pressure setting is sellected, and you are actualy on new, clean layer.

Step 5

Apply blending options for this stroked patch layer, and using Eraser Tool (E) erase some parts of this line, which You think, that it should be behind the tree.

Step 6

Now it's time for another brush. Just set it like on image bellow (Click to enlarge). After that set your foreground color to #ff0000 and background color to #0024ff. Create new layer and go to paths palete to stroke glow path again (we stroked it once in step 4).

Tip: You may experiment with other foreground/background colors as well.

Step 7

Apply blending options for this layer like on image bellow. Again You are free to try other/different settings.

Step 8

Now it's time to add a fairy. I used a brush from JLStock. Create new layer, and click there, where You want to place the fairy (ofcourse change brush size, bicause on dafault it's large - I've placed my fairy on the right side of the picture). After that apply blending options for fairy layer and decrease layer opacity to 94%.


Step 9

It's almost OK, but I want to add some lightning to this image. Create new layer, set black as your foreground, white as your background color, and go to Filter > Render > Clouds. Again add gradient layer (we made this before on step 2) and use standard photoshop gradient called Transparent Rainbow. Add Layer mask to clouds layer, and fill this mask with black (clouds should disappear). Change clouds layer blending mode to Color Dodge. Now the fun begins - grab soft brush, and using white color paint there, where You think the lights should be. Free Your imagination and play with brush size and opacity.

Step 10

Create new layer, grab soft brush, and using red and yellow color paint there, where You think that more lightning is needed. After that change this layer blending mode to Soft Light and use Filter > Blur > Gausian Blur with Radius about 7,3 px.

Step 11

Create new layer under fairy layer, fill it with black and change blending mode to Lighten. Now go to Filter > Render > Lens Flare, and place this flare where You think the fairy is (you don't have to be super precise). Now using Move Tool (V) place this flare properly. Grab Eraser Tool (E) and with diffrent sizes and Opacity just erase some parts of this flare.

Final result

Glow and Lightning effects may be fun. You have to improvise, and experiment. Somethimes it will take hours until You will get what You want. You may se my finished work bellow.



Comments

Jackie

2008-03-28

Thanks so much 4 your great tute!

Patrick

2008-04-03

This was awesome and I learned a lot! Thanks :)

Rickie

2008-04-07

Amazing, thanks a lot!

chris

2008-04-08

cheap lensflare... apart from that, n1

Rairo

2008-04-11

niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice, very nice... very good...

didstyle

2008-04-18

very nice

brandon

2008-04-20

cool love the colour

Tawny

2008-04-20

How come my path doesnt work like that?

Rossa

2008-04-21

Awesome tutorial mate

ajik

2008-04-22

inspiring!!!

roger

2008-04-22

that shit is crazy man!!!!

ejardkethot

2008-04-23

gorgeous!!~ superb

cis

2008-04-29

luv that...

Gery

2008-05-08

Dude, This looks real cool! THX!

K@

2008-05-21

i cant seem to get this section to work.." holding Alt key i clicked between my clouds and gradient layers to link them." am i linking the layers or creating a clipping mask?

D

2008-05-22

Thank you for this tutorial, it's great and a you've taught me alot. Thank you once again.

Jackie

2008-06-03

Thanks for great tute!

alex

2008-06-13

I learned a lot from your tutorial.very useful thank you!

heru

2008-06-17

apik tenan
ora usah mbayar oleh ilmu

rois

2008-07-07

iyo buener jaremu kang heru!
uapik tenan, aku duemen pool
diwarahi karo mas bule iki...
that' feel great man!

rahat

2008-07-22

its brilliant... thanks alot

2008-07-30

zldbjx

2008-07-30

like it's

cornfed

2008-09-08

Unable to follow it with CS3. I lost it right at the beginning with the gradient fill. What you did looks good though:)

jota

2008-10-02

Same, Gradient Fill doesn't work the same way in CS3 it seems :( Beautiful work either way

Chamarakalo

2008-10-05

Great Work and thanks...

cliella

2008-10-07

kai

2008-10-24

WOW :D

lia

2008-10-24

its awesome..

nice

tq 4 share

Venessa

2008-11-04

oooh!!

samuel jakobb

2008-11-08

mmm, this is stunning!

Sanjay Rawat

2008-12-15

very nice effect but dificult too
thanx

Kit

2008-12-29

How do I get to brush presets? And how do I get to the blending options in step 5? (sorry)

ms arora

2009-02-07

very nice

DL

2009-02-27

Hey It's a brilliant tutorial but i found it hard to recreate. I got confused to sometimes which layer goes on top of which etc. Please could you provide the .PSD for this? :)

barat

2009-02-27

@DL
Sorry - but I simple don't have it now :)
The main idea in tutorials is that You have to experiment and try - that's where learning is working :)

DL

2009-02-28

That's cool. My Question is on Step 11. How did you make the lens flare have the multi/rainbow colors on it? You didn't explain how to do that. Could you please? :) Thanks

barat

2009-03-02

It's just under the colored layers (those with clouds) - simple, huh ? :)

mariuszek

2009-03-12

troszke chaotyczny ten tutorial. Wyglada na to ze autor wcale nie mysli o poczatkujacych uzytkownikach Phptoshop'a a o pochwaleniu sie czego to on nie potrafi. Nie potrafi wyraznie wytlumaczyc pewnych rzeczy, np. step3 nie wiadomo czy mam narysowac kreske na ostatniej warstwie, tle, cholera wi jeszcze co, a moze poprostu na nowej warstwie...?? Krokow jest 11 w punkcie nr3 jest cos niewiadomego i prawdopodobnie okaze sie ze takie niedomowienia spowoduja niepotrzebna strate czasu. Okolo 60% tutoriali na swiecie jest napisane przez nieodpowiednie osoby. To ??e ktos b.dobrze zna np. Photoshop nie oznacza ze jest przynajmniej miernym nauczycielem tego programu. co do punktu nr 3 tego tutorialu w tej chwili zaryzykuje i narysuje linie na nowej warstwie... ciekawe czy bede musial sie cofac z praca.. hehe

mariuszek

2009-03-12

Nice work and effect, but this tutorial is not quite good. I think this is not for beginners (too many questions..) and not for advance users (they know it..). Best Regards Barat :)

mariuszek

2009-03-12

at the moment: chaos, chaos, chaos.... this is not tutorial. My Dear Barat I think You're good in Photoshop but not good teacher. And that the point.. buu

chandan

2009-03-14

Nice

barat

2009-03-17

@mariuszek
Co jest niejasne w pkt 3? Jest napisane, by zrobic sciezke, a nastepnie na nowej warstwie ja obrysowac - tego sie nie da prosciej wytlumaczyc... Tylko, zeby sie tego dowiedziec nalezy przeczytac zarowno punkt 3 (tworzenie sciezki, ktora notabene jest niezalezna od warstw) jak i punkt 4:

"Create new layer. Select soft round brush with small size (I used 3px) ad white color. Open Brush Presets and set Minimum Diameter to 15%. Go to Your path palete, click right mouse button and select Stroke Path."

Gdybym mial opisywac kazdy najmniejszy "duperel" to turorial bylby z 3x dluzszy i nuzacy dla wiekszosci czytelnikow.

Tutorial nie jest dla zaawansowanych - jest dla znajacych podstawy.
Poza tym tutorial jest tylko by poruszyc wyobraznie - sam jak podazam za jakims tutorialem najczesciej ekspereymentuje ... robienie czegos krok po kroku duplikujac efekt koncowy najczesciej nie ma sensu.

Mimo wszystko w nowej odslonie strony (gdy znajde czas pomiedzy praca a polibuda) postaram sie czasem troche dokladniej opisywac niektore rzeczy, albo chociaz oznaczac "latwy", "trudny" ...

FOR ALL THE REST:
It's just an answer in polish language - sorry for it, if someone want it - I can translate :)

share

2009-03-27

so awesome ...

Rohit

2009-04-14

Really Mind blowing work

suresh

2009-04-18

bongulo work

<3

2009-08-13

WOW! Thank you...my turned out perfect!

engan icon

2009-08-17

simple n eazy to follow through... nice piece of photoshop!

zlatko

2009-08-19

Fantasticno! Hvala na trudu i spremnosti da podelite znanje sa drugima.

eiad

2009-09-09

fantastic man
thanks

NEAL

2009-09-11

I WILL TRY.............

vineel

2009-09-14

FOR ALL THE REST:
It's just an answer in polish language - sorry for it, if someone want it - I can translate :)//

pls transalte it in english..

bodfgdg

2009-09-18

i cant seem to get the gradient fill to work on cs4 like how u did =[

Jay

2009-09-22

Great image but I think you need to clearly define your steps if your aim is to add a tut like this. The clouds section has not been explained at all.......Good work though

Widayad

2009-11-22

Top Buanget Dach...

Roniwahyu

2009-12-01

Bagus banget nih tutorial, simple dan inspired banget...

Roniwahyu

2009-12-01

It's a great tutorial, simple and very inspiring me. thanks

ramaputra

2010-01-18

BAJIGURRRR!!!! SANGAR TNANAN!

abu

2010-01-22

beuh...gile cink!! hebad kali kau jang!!

jhffrgh

2010-02-02

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Zhull

2010-03-19

Nice dude

shannon

2010-04-02

Thanks. :-bd

ka

2010-04-11

alex

2010-04-19

nice!

Clipping Path

2010-05-09

good one. :-)

Riju Thomas

2010-05-11

cool effect man wannna c more n learn more

N@K

2010-06-04

nice work!!!!!
iv learnt lot about the effects

Frederic Lievre

2010-06-16

Hm... Looked at the tut and did the pic my own way, lots of errors in the tutorial. For example the blending of the gradient fill is wrong. The strocking of the path should be set to fade and make sure that you create your path from destination (right) to start (left) otherwise wont work, the flare should be overlayed, and you should use more layer masks, apart that it is okay.

yang yang

2010-08-17

i love it so much^^

CAMy

2010-09-27

NICE.... I like THAt

Auti

2010-10-05

This was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo amazing!!! You're without a doubt a genious!!!

Peter Masuman

2010-10-08

This picture was wow!!!!!!!!!!

Dennis Odhiambo

2010-10-08

This is real creativity of it's kind,you is a design guru.I like your work.

jege

2010-12-29

????????????

babu

2011-01-11

nice dear.............i will try to make diferent

alisha

2011-03-25

seems nice
if some more nice send it at alishashaikh741@gmail.com

nada

2011-04-08

good work i will try. thanks soo much

Abdullah

2011-04-13

very very nice
thanks...

chloe

2011-04-20

where is the path palete? i am so confused :-(

santosh

2011-04-26

great creative work

nthu

2011-05-13

nice effect

Pinki

2011-05-26

Nice effect

Simar

2011-05-27

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carlos

2011-06-05

esta padre wooow!

ROHIT

2011-06-21

NICE

ck

2011-06-29

weer nice

dharma

2011-07-09

luarrrrr biasa!!
great wonderful..........

mani

2011-08-22

very descriptive tut! Nice work.

ady

2011-08-26

awsm

eve

2011-10-07

um. mine didn't come out like that D: I think I got confused....

JMW

2011-11-18

thank lot Dear . its useful me

Zafar

2011-12-22

i love this effect

CarloFroMrandheli.

2012-01-22

Thank you Very much!

sourav

2012-02-13

love it.......nice effect..good.

Kayla

2012-03-05

when I go to make the gradient fill layer it covers the whole image in spectrum...help!

Friska

2012-03-09

tutorialnya kecee, thanks yaa ;)

Roxanne

2012-03-19

Thanx so much! This was VERY helpful.

mtosh

2012-03-19

awesome

Mohammad Hassan Haidari (Afghan)

2012-05-03

thank you very much this tutorial was excellent and wonderful i realy appreciate from author of this article and webmaster of this site
thanks again an again
Mohammad Hassan Haidari

Vocalie

2012-05-31

i'm doing this right now XD just having little trouble here and there cause i don't have the same photoshop as you

Crisaide

2012-07-15

Although mine looks a little different, and I did exactly as you explained, I learned a lot. Thank you so much for sharing!

paolo

2013-01-30

awesome, for these effects I use Flame painter app and then reedit it in PS, but cool man

kelly

2013-04-03

u

tanzila

2013-05-22

nice effect realy very nice..........................

S17MON

2013-06-23

I'm having trouble trying to comprehend the tutorial. In Step 2 it said that I need to make a new Gradient Fill adjustment layer and there is no adjustment layer like that. Also I still don't get how someone could get a result similar to image 2 on step 2. I would appreciate it if I can get a high-definition video tutorial (so I can see all the lettering and everything else).

Mephi

2013-08-05

i can just say Wow. Thanks You

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