Photoshop Effects: how to mimic studio lighting for stylish portraits

Photoshop Effects: how to mimic studio lighting for stylish portraits

How to recreate studio lighting in Photoshop, steps 5-8

 

Photoshop Effects: how to recreate studio lighting in Photoshop - step 5

05 Masks in action
Alt-click the Texture layer’s mask to reveal its greyscale content. The black strokes on the mask cause the corresponding pixels on the texture layer to become 100 per cent transparent. White pixels allow the texture to remain solid. Soft grey edges cause a gentle semi-transparent blend.

 

Photoshop Effects: how to recreate studio lighting in Photoshop - step 6

06 Negative effect
Click back on the Texture layer to see the composite image. Now drag the Background layer onto the Create a New Layer icon to duplicate it. Press Ctrl+I to inverse the layer. This creates a negative style image where the shot’s shadows become lighter and its highlights darken.

 

Photoshop Effects: how to recreate studio lighting in Photoshop - step 7

07 Lighten the background
Set the Background copy layer’s Blending Mode to Soft Light. This reveals more of the texture layer. To protect the subject’s face from becoming too light, add a Layer Mask to the Background copy layer. Spray a 500-pixel soft black brush over her face to restore its tones.

 

Photoshop Effects: how to recreate studio lighting in Photoshop - step 8

08 Lighting effects
Drag the Background layer onto the Create a 
New Layer icon to create another copy (called Background copy 2). We’ll apply lighting effects to 
this layer to create more balanced and symmetrical lighting. Go to Filter>Render>Lighting Effects and you’ll see a preview of the default lighting set-up.

PAGE 1: Overview of Photoshop lighting effects
PAGE 2: Mimic studio lighting, steps 1-4
PAGE 3: Mimic studio lighting, steps 5-8
PAGE 4: Mimic studio lighting, steps 9-12
PAGE 5: Mimic studio lighting, steps 13-16
PAGE 6: Photoshop lighting effects explained

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