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We're almost done with the project. Just one more ingredient missing here. We need to add some highlights to the scene, and we're going to do so by applying the lens flare filter a couple of times, but we're going to apply lens flare inside the context of a real highlight. So lemme show you how that works. I'm going to switch over to this image. And this is a fragment of a photograph that I shot in which I captured a flash in a mirror. And so basically, we have just this burst of light. We're going to convert this burst of light into blackness and then put the lens flares inside that blackness.
So just stick with me here. We'll see how it works. First thing we need to do is convert everything that's white to a selection outline and deselect everything that's black. And you do that by switching over to the channels panel. Learn more about this when we check out masking in a future course. But for now just go ahead and press the Ctrl key, or Cmd key on the mac, and click on the thumbnail for RGB. For the simple Ctrl click or Cmd click its going to go ahead and select that splash of light now switch back to the layer's panel and press ctrl+ shift +N or Cmd +shift+ N on the mac in order to create a new layer and call it splash then click Ok.
Now I want you to press the d key to make the foreground color black, and then press alt +backspace, or opt+ delete, to fill the selection with black. Now it's going to look horrible, but it's not meant to exist like this in this image. This image is just here to help us get started. Now press ctrl+ d, or cmd +d on a mac, in order to deselect the image. And armed with a rectangular marquee, right click inside the image and choose duplicate layer and then go ahead and send this layer to your progress file which is in my case is darker scene. And now click OK.
Now press Ctrl+Shift tab or Cmd+Shift tab on a mac. In order to switch over to my image at hand, and you can see that that blackness has turned white on us, just as it was in the original photo there, and that's because the splash layer has fallen behind in vert one. We want it to be up here above star maker, so go ahead and drag it up the stack. And I need to reposition it slightly as well. So press Ctrl+T or Cmd+T on the Mac to enter the free transform mode. Because this is the best way to get the positioning exactly right.
And then turn on that delta option there. And change the x value to 60 which will send the layer 60 pixels to the right. And then tab to the y value and change it to negative 50, which will send it 50 pixels upward. And that may seem strange that a negative value moves things upward and the positive value moves them downward, but that's the way the y value works. Now press the Enter key a couple of times, that would be the Return key on the Mac, in order to change the position of that layer. Now, we're going to want to pile on a couple of applications of lens flare.
So we might as well convert this image to a smart object, by right clicking inside the image window and choosing convert to smart object. Now, I'll press shift tab in order to hide the right side panels. And I'll go up to the filter menu, choose render, and then choose lens flare. Now when the Lens Flare dialog box comes up, I want you to change the brightness value to 120% as you see here. And then, inside this dinky little preview, I want you to drag this cross to about this location so Near the top-right region of the sort of black blobbiness in the background, and I believe right there's where I want it.
Then I'll go ahead and click OK in order to apply that effect, and you should fill in the upper-right region pretty nicely. And now let's repeat the filter, which we can do by going up to the filter menu and choosing the first Cmd, lens flare. And because we're working on a smart object, that's going to force the display of the dialog box. We can stick with these same settings, but we need to move this guy around back to where I had him a moment ago. Which is over here to the extreme left-hand side of this thing. Notice there's this kind of arm that comes off. We want to go ahead and put the lens flare more or less in the center of that arm.
Then click okay in order to create more highlight. And you can see how this is adding highlight to our scene, especially. I'll go ahead and press Shift+tab to bring up the right side panels, and I'll also right-click on a empty filter mask and choose delete filter mask, just to keep my layers from being too confusing. We can keep the whites and drop out the darks, by going up to the blend mode popup menu and changing it from normal to screen. And now you notice all we have is highlights. And the highlights exist inside the confines of that Splash layer.
I want to change the second application of lens flare. I want to tone it down, so go ahead and double-click on this top slider icon in order to bring up the blending Options dialogue box and take the opacity down to 70% and then click OK. Now let's colorize the effect and we'll do that with this splash layer selected by dropping then to the fx icon and choosing color overlay which is a great method for colorizing any layer. Obviously, we don't want to replace all the colors in the layer with red so go ahead and click on the color swatch and the color I came up with As the hue value of 270 degrees, a saturation of 10% and a brightness of 50%, then click OK and now change the blend mode from normal to color in order to achieve this effect.
Now I'm going to click the OK button and finally we want to diminish the light a little bit. We want to take it down. So I want you to press the alt or option key, click the black (UNKNOWN) icon at the bottom of the panel and choose brightness contrast. And I'm going to go ahead and call this layer just plain old darken and I'll turn on use previous layer to create clipping mask so that we're affecting the splash layer independently of the rest of the composition. And I'll click OK. And I'm going to take the brightness value down to negative 40.
And then, I'll take the contrast value up to positive 30. Then I'll press the enter key, the return key on a mac, in order to accept that change. And that's it, we're done. I'll press Shift+F in order to enter the fullscreen mode, and I'll go ahead and zoom in a little bit, and that dear friends, is how you exploit the power of transformations (INAUDIBLE) Here inside Photoshop.
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