Bring the North­ern Lights to life

Why bother go­ing to Ice­land when you can fake it in El­e­ments?

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Why pay for a flight to Ice­land when you can con­jure your own North­ern Lights in El­e­ments?

You’ve booked the flights, and your stay at a ho­tel that has a glass roof. You’ve packed your warm­est clothes, and ar­ranged to visit when Aurora Bo­re­alis is pass­ing over. But there’s still a chance that the North­ern Lights could be a no-show.

Whether or not you’re go­ing to Ice­land to see the mag­netic phe­nom­e­non, this is a project that can re­ally brighten up your night shots, whether they’re taken in the up­per reaches of the north­ern hemi­sphere or oth­er­wise. This is a tu­to­rial that uses blend modes, lay­ers and mask­ing to cre­ate a stun­ning colour ef­fect in your shots, and it’s one that you can ap­ply to loads of dif­fer­ent pho­tos. Though you can man­age this ef­fect with brushes and fil­ters, we’re go­ing to use stock pho­tos, as it’s far eas­ier to comp in. Why not search for some your­self on­line?

Let’s dive into cre­at­ing a North­ern Lights ef­fect. The great thing about this is that you don’t have to ven­ture into freez­ing tem­per­a­tures for it!

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