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 13-16

 

Photoshop Effects: how to recreate studio lighting in Photoshop - step 13

13 Draw a gradient
In the Options bar, click the Radial Gradient icon. Place the cursor in the centre of the image, hold down the mouse button and drag the mouse to draw a line to the edge of the frame (or further). Set the Vignette layer’s Blending Mode to Multiply to darken the edges.

 

Photoshop Effects: how to recreate studio lighting in Photoshop - step 14

14 Modify the gradient
If some of the grey parts of the gradient fall on the subject’s face this area may look too dark. Grab the Brush tool, set the Tools palette’s foreground colour to white and choose a large soft-edged brush from the Brush preset picker. Spray the white brush over her face to lighten it.

 

Photoshop Effects: how to recreate studio lighting in Photoshop - step 15

15 Fine-tune the mask
Layer Masks enable you to hide or show any pixels at any time. If the texture bleeds into the subject’s hair, first click the Texture layer’s mask. Then grab the Brush tool and spray a soft black brush over any stray parts of the texture that should be behind the subject’s hair.

 

Photoshop Effects: how to recreate studio lighting in Photoshop - step 16

16 Tweak the tones
As a finishing touch, click the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer icon and choose Levels. Move the Adjustment Layer above the bottom two layers in the Layers palette. Drag the black shadow input level slider to 5. This darkens the shadows without messing with the midtones or highlights.

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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