Photo Fix In­ject re­al­is­tic pools of light

Practical Photography (UK) - - Photoshop Genius -

1 Use Curves to al­ter bright­ness

Open your im­age into Pho­to­shop or El­e­ments. Head over to the Lay­ers panel and then click on the Cre­ate new fill or ad­just­ment layer icon, choos­ing Curves from the list that ap­pears. Pull up on the Curves graph to lift the mid­tones and brighten the shot. Now hit Ctrl+I to in­vert the Layer Mask to turn it black and mask it off com­pletely, and use a soft, white Brush Tool to paint over the light source to un­mask it, re­veal­ing the bright­en­ing ef­fect of the Curves Ad­just­ment Layer.

2 Colour the light source

To give your light a warm glow, go to the Lay­ers panel and click on the Cre­ate new fill or ad­just­ment layer icon and choose Photo Fil­ter. Use the Warming Fil­ter (85) op­tion and drag the Den­sity slider to 75%. Now hold Alt and drag the Layer Mask from your Curves Layer onto your Photo Fil­ter Layer to du­pli­cate it.

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