Light trails: enhance your night shots with this really simple photo editing tutorial

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04 Create a new layer

Now that we’ve processed the shot’s colour and tones, we’re ready to get creative. Click Open Image to take the processed raw file into Photoshop Elements’ Expert editor. From the top menu, choose Layer>New>Layer. Label the layer ‘Light Trail’ and click OK. The new layer will appear in the Layers palette.

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05 Choose a tip

Grab the Brush tool from the Tools panel’s Draw section. The Tool Options bar will appear at the bottom. Make sure that you’ve selected the Brush tool (and not one of the brush-based colleagues that shares its compartment). Click in the Brush Preset picker and choose Spatter 59 pixels.

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06 Choose a colour

Increase the tip’s Size slider to 150. Click on the foreground colour swatch in the Tools panel to open the Color Picker. Click to choose a warm red. To produce the same colour that we’re using, set H (Hue) to 12 degrees, S (Saturation) to 95% and B (Brightness) to 86%. Click OK.

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