Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Quality Of Light
Change the direction, color and mood of the light in your images
While holding down the Shift key, use the Move tool and drag the Subject file over your original file. Holding down the Shift key ensures that the files will be perfectly aligned. If your Layer panel is open, it should look something like this.
Play around with the adjustments here to control the Distance, Opacity, Direction and so on of the shadow.
You control the direction/placement of the shadow with the Angle wheel. You also can control the direction/placement by simply clicking in your image, then by moving your cursor around the subject. As you move your cursor, you move the shadow.
5 Next, go to Filter > Render > Lighting Effects. That brings up this panel. It’s here that you change the direction and quality of the light.
To adjust the light, I played around with Intensity and Exposure until I was pleased with the result. You can have a lot of fun here playing with the light—so don’t be in a rush to make a quick decision.
Those quick adjustments, as I mentioned, transformed my flat shot into a much more dramatic and creative image in just a few minutes.
7 In the digital darkroom, an image is really never finished—or at least that’s the way I feel. About a week after I created the opening image for this column, I went back to it for more digital darkroom fun. I created this image using Photoshop’s Poster Edges filter (Filter > Artistic > Poster Edges) and a Brush frame from onOne Software’s PhotoFrame 3.
Enough about me! Get your own fun started by using these techniques on your own images.
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