How to recreate studio lighting in Photoshop, steps 9-12
09 Adjust the lighting
Drag the Spotlight’s direction handle so that it’s illuminating the subject from the left-hand side of the frame. Drag the size handle so that it has a wider spread. Drag the central handle left a little. Set the Focus slider to 100 and Ambience to 8, then click OK to apply the effect.
10 Mask the light
The model’s face is now more evenly lit from both sides, but the background on the left is a little too bright. To control the spread of the CG light, add a Layer Mask to Background copy 2. Spray a black brush on the left of the Layer Mask to darken the background.
11 Create a vignette
You can darken the corners of the image to make the background look a little more mysterious and draw some extra attention to the subject. To do this, click the Create a New Layer icon. Label the new layer ‘Vignette’ and drag it to the top of the layer stack.
12 Edit the gradient
Press D to set the foreground and background colours to their default white and black. Select the Gradient tool from the Tools palette, then click the Gradient Editor in the Options bar. Choose the Foreground to Background preset and click OK to confirm the changes.
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