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    Lighting effects: how to use Photoshop to add atmosphere to outdoor portraits

    | Photoshop Tutorials | Tutorials | 19/09/2013 00:01am
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    In this tutorial we show you how a few simple Photoshop effects using Lens Flare filters can add romantic lighting to your outdoor portraits.

    Lighting effects: how to use Photoshop filters to add atmosphere to 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

    How to enhance outdoor portraits with Photoshop Lens Flare effects: step 1

    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.

     

    How to enhance outdoor portraits with Photoshop Lens Flare effects: step 2

    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%.

     

    How to enhance outdoor portraits with Photoshop Lens Flare effects: step 3

    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.

     

    How to enhance outdoor portraits with Photoshop Lens Flare effects: step 4

    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.

    PAGE 1: How to enhance outdoor portraits with Photoshop Lens Flare effects
    PAGE 2: Other Lens Flare Photoshop effects
    PAGE 3: Other uses for the Photoshop Lens Flare filter

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    Posted on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials.

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