Dramatic Lighting: how to create stylish portraits using simple Photoshop effects

Dramatic Lighting: how to create stylish, on-trend portraits using simple Photoshop effects

How to create dramatic lighting in Photoshop: steps 3-4

How to create dramatic lighting in Photoshop: step 3

03 Paint an adjustment
We’ll use the Adjustment Brush to boost the irises. Zoom in close then grab the Adjustment Brush from the Toolbar. Go to the sliders on the right and set Exposure +1.55. Set Brush size to about 3, Feather 50 and check Show Mask, then paint a precise mask directly over the irises.

 

How to create dramatic lighting in Photoshop: step 4

04 Enhance the irises
Check Erase and set Brush Size to about 2, then paint to erase the mask over the pupil. When you’re happy with the mask, uncheck Show Mask Overlay, then go to the tonal sliders at the top right. Keep Exposure at +1.55 and set Contrast +26, Clarity +40, Saturation +49.

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