In this tutorial we show you how a few simple Photoshop effects using Lens Flare filters can add romantic lighting to your outdoor portraits.
Shooting into the light is a great way to create a variety of different effects, and while silhouettes are an obvious choice and easy to shoot, adding a bit of lens flare can have an equally dramatic effect.
As always, there’s a Photoshop filter that can not only apply the effect, but can also be adjusted to fit and blend in with your image with seamless results.
Here we are going to show you how to quickly enhance a portrait so colour, light and tone reflect that of an image shot into the light, before adding a touch of lens flare to give a final flourish to the effect.
How to enhance outdoor portraits with Photoshop Lens Flare effects
01 Portrait retouching
Select the Patch tool and draw under the darkness of the left eye. Keep your finger held on the mouse button drag and release the selection onto the cheek. Use the same technique to remove the shadow from the nose. Use the Spot Healing Brush to remove spots and blemishes.
02 Warm the skin tones
Create a new Curves Adjustment Layer. Select Red from channel drop-down. Warm skin tones by making a single point with Input value of 126. Select Blue channel. Add point near centre in bottom right quarter with Output value of 119 and Input of 139, click OK. Drop layer Opacity to 38%.
03 Lighten the mid-tones
Create a new Levels Adjustment Layer. Increase mid-tone slider to 1.24.lick OK. From Layer Options select Flatten Image. From the top menu bar choose Filters>Render >Lens Flare. At the bottom of window make sure default option of Lens Type 50-300mm is selected.
04 Adding Lens Flare
In the top of the window’s preview, move flare preview from the centre of the image to top right, the lens flare will cast a direction diagonally to the bottom left. Use the brightness slider to 162 to increase flare’s intensity. Adjust position of the preview if needed, click OK to finish.
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