Creating dual lighting effects in Photoshop

Find out how you can add an effect of dual lighting to the images you create using Photoshop. In this tutorial, I’ll explain how to alter the hue of highlights with adjustments layers. You can also use exact masking techniques to display color precisely in the areas you’d like to and then use Blending options solve color leaks from the background. The tutorial will not take hours to learn dual lighting effects, so lets get to it.

Step 1 – Perfect Lighting Image

I’m using an image of an athlete for this video tutorial. If you’d like to follow the steps you can download the picture by clicking here. It is possible to choose the picture that is perfect in lighting, particularly the highlights on the image.

Photographs can be taken inside the studio, and utilize the entire lighting system, including the main light source, rim lighting source and even capture the athlete by all possible lighting conditions.

This is an image that has been that was opened by Photoshop:

In addition, you may utilize the dodge and Burn tool to define darker highlights and dark If you wish to.

Step 2: Add the first color

Then we’ll focus on the areas of interest in the photo and then add color to them. For this, we’ll employ the Gradient Map Go to layer > new adjustment layer Gradient Map.

Double-click the Gradient to display the Gradient Editor Dialog Box. First thing you should do is check that the gradient of Black/White is selected. It’s the pre-set gradient in the 3rd position on the row in the top. Select it by clicking on and then select the stopper to color, and hit the Rectangular Color Box to select the color. When you have clicked choose a color. I’m going to pick a bright blue color to colour.

Step 3 – Add the Second Color

Create a Gradient Map once more, and this time we’ll pick the bright red color to use for the highlights. This color will be added on top of the highlights for an effect of dual color by using the mask.

It is possible to see the settings below:

The image is looking when you add red color to it:

Step 4. Selective Masking

Every adjustment layer has an built-in layer mask that is transparent. It is necessary to change it to black. To accomplish this, use CTRL + I to transform the layer to an opaque black mask. This means that the second layer of the Gradient Map adjustment layer will not visible anymore.

Then, we’ll show the red hue on certain areas where you wish to make a dual color effect. For this, you need to pick an easy round brush that has white and start to reveal the red hue just for the areas that are highlighted. It is evident that I have highlighted the red color on my back, face, bicep the neck, delts and forearms, as well as the dumbbell.

I’m thinking it is possible that a light of red comes from the right, and reflected the body’s parts that lie close to the left side. Try to target the same thing, you not forget that I took care when placed it on the chest as well as on the inside areas of the dumbbell in order in order to make it appear as if the lights are coming from the left part of the image.

Step 5 – Repair the color leakage

It is possible to notice when you are masking Gradient Map 2 that color is leaking onto the background. It’s not pretty to begin with and we are able to get this fixed in just a few minutes by using Blend If. It is clear in Photoshop to not make Gradient Map 2 visible in the dark, and to limit it to just highlights when we used the mask to paint.

To open the Blending Options to access Blending Options, just right-click the Gradient Map 2 layer and select “Blending Options”.

In the sub-section Divide the slider in black by pressing ALT + click and drag to left and making certain you have Gradient Map 2 will only be seen on highlights.

This is where you will see that the light leaks have been repaired:

Step 6 – Making Lighting Stronger

The last thing I did was to make the light stronger and brighter by using overlay Blending Mode. For this, you need to create the new layer using the CTRL+SHIFT + N and then change the Blending setting in to overlay.

Then paint with a soft round brush, with white over the highlights. Be careful not to overdo it. Also, make sure to set the brush’s opacity and flow at around 30-40 percent.

Below are the results from the first step to step 6.I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial and have learned to create a dual-light effect to your pictures. Let me know if there are any concerns regarding this instruction by leaving a comment on the section of comments below.

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