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 17-18

How to create dramatic lighting in Photoshop: step 17

17 Sharpen selectively
Right-click the new merged layer. Go to Convert to Smart Object, then Filter>Other>High Pass. Set Radius to about 3.5px then hit OK. Change Blend Mode of the layer to Overlay, then hold Alt and click the Add Layer Mask icon to add a full black mask. Grab the Brush tool and paint with white to selectively sharpen.

 

How to create dramatic lighting in Photoshop: step 18

18 Final touches
Click the Create Adjustment Layer icon and choose Curves, then drag the curve line downwards slightly to fine-tune the overall brightness of the image. Finish by highlighting the upper dodge burn layer, then use the Burn tool set to Range: Midtones to darken the corners.

PAGE 1 – How to create dramatic lighting in Photoshop: steps 1-2
PAGE 2 – How to create dramatic lighting in Photoshop: steps 3-4
PAGE 3 – How to create dramatic lighting in Photoshop: steps 5-6
PAGE 4 – How to create dramatic lighting in Photoshop: steps 7-8
PAGE 5 – How to create dramatic lighting in Photoshop: steps 9-10
PAGE 6 – How to create dramatic lighting in Photoshop: steps 11-12
PAGE 7 – How to create dramatic lighting in Photoshop: steps 13-14
PAGE 8 – How to create dramatic lighting in Photoshop: steps 15-16
PAGE 9 – How to create dramatic lighting in Photoshop: steps 17-18

READ MORE

Photoshop effects: how to mimic studio lighting for stylish portraits
Orton Effect: try this quick soft-focus Photoshop trick
Raw Images: 10 tips every beginner must know before ditching JPEGs