Bring the Northern Lights to life
Why bother going to Iceland when you can fake it in Elements?
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!