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Photoshop Blend Mode Magic

Adding a lens flare effect with Screen


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Photoshop Blend Mode Magic

with Michael Ninness
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  1. 2m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Using the exercise files
      52s
  2. 13m 9s
    1. The three kinds of blending in Photoshop
      1m 49s
    2. Blend modes, blend modes, everywhere!
      1m 38s
    3. Cycling through the blending modes
      2m 1s
    4. Three blending modes you must know
      5m 8s
    5. Blending mode keyboard shortcuts
      2m 33s
  3. 3m 13s
    1. Roughening or pointilizing edges with Dissolve
      3m 13s
  4. 34m 40s
    1. Removing halos with Darken
      2m 26s
    2. Bringing down hot highlights with Multiply
      3m 50s
    3. Tonal correction with Screen and Multiply
      3m 35s
    4. Combining adjustment layers with blending modes
      3m 58s
    5. Creating a composite from a single Camera Raw file
      5m 56s
    6. Creating a cast shadow with Multiply
      4m 50s
    7. Creating artistic edges with Multiply and Screen
      3m 39s
    8. From iPhone to Photoshop: Colorizing line art with Multiply
      6m 26s
  5. 14m 47s
    1. Removing dust spots with Lighten
      1m 36s
    2. Adding lightning to a sky with Screen
      3m 20s
    3. Adding a lens flare effect with Screen
      2m 27s
    4. Reducing halos when sharpening with Lighten
      3m 55s
    5. Creating a faint soft-edged line drawing with Linear Dodge
      3m 29s
  6. 1h 5m
    1. Using Dodge and Burn with Overlay
      4m 34s
    2. Reducing wrinkles with Overlay
      6m 37s
    3. Using graduated neutral density filters with Overlay
      5m 32s
    4. Custom vignettes with Overlay
      3m 30s
    5. High-Pass sharpening with Overlay
      4m 16s
    6. Smoothing skin with High-Pass sharpening and Overlay
      5m 29s
    7. Textured patterns with Overlay
      6m 21s
    8. Textured type with Overlay
      2m 55s
    9. Creating a dramatic diffused glow with Overlay
      2m 49s
    10. Creating a subtle glow with Soft Light
      2m 57s
    11. Creating a medium glow with Soft Light
      4m 25s
    12. Simulating film grain with Add Noise and Soft Light
      3m 54s
    13. Recovering detail in over-saturated areas with Pin Light
      8m 30s
    14. Creating 80's pop art with Hard Mix and Multiply
      3m 15s
  7. 5m 7s
    1. Aligning layers with Difference
      5m 7s
  8. 12m 51s
    1. Reducing color noise with Color
      2m 13s
    2. Avoiding false saturation with Luminosity
      5m 33s
    3. Recovering detail in blown-out highlights with Luminosity
      5m 5s
  9. 26m 27s
    1. Getting better sepia tones
      5m 15s
    2. Using antique color effects
      5m 5s
    3. Combining multiple exposures
      4m 34s
    4. Replacing the sky in an image
      3m 44s
    5. Splitting edges when sharpening
      3m 15s
    6. Displacing type around contours
      4m 34s
  10. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

Video: Adding a lens flare effect with Screen

Don't you think this image is just screaming for a Lens Flare? Oh yes. Let's put a fake little sunrise right there peaking over that image. I'll get on the sid. All kidding aside, you might want to run a Lens Flare and we want to do a non-destructive Lens Flare effect of course, so that you don't damage your original layer. Let's begin though by just going to Filter > Render > Lens Flare. You will see we get this little dialog box with a little tiny preview and we can go ahead and position that Lens Flare where we wanted to. And I'll position it right about there. We'll click OK. Great, image looks better, yes, look at that glorious fake sunrise. Here is the problem. That we did it on the actual Background layer, which means we can't reposition the Lens Flare, lower its Opacity, scale it and flip it, animate it, whatever we want to do here.

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Photoshop Blend Mode Magic
2h 58m Intermediate May 20, 2009

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The blend modes in Photoshop offer incredible creative options for designers and photographers wanting to enhance images. In Photoshop Blend Mode Magic, Michael Ninness shows Photoshop users how to access and apply blend modes efficiently to achieve an aesthetic vision. He explains the building blocks of layer blending and demonstrates how blend modes can be used for color correction, sharpening, blending images together, adding dramatic glow, applying custom edge treatments, and many other creative effects. Michael also introduces advanced blending options for more experienced Photoshop users. Most of all, he demystifies this essential feature in plain, easy-to-understand terms and inspires photographers to use blend modes in ways they may have never considered before. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the three must-learn blend modes
  • Adding texture overlays
  • Recovering detail using Luminosity and Pin Light
  • Enhancing highlight and shadow details
  • Instant dust spot removal
  • Using Overlay to add textured type
  • Simulating film grain
  • Adding antique color effects
  • Combining adjustment layers with blending modes
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Michael Ninness

Adding a lens flare effect with Screen

Don't you think this image is just screaming for a Lens Flare? Oh yes. Let's put a fake little sunrise right there peaking over that image. I'll get on the sid. All kidding aside, you might want to run a Lens Flare and we want to do a non-destructive Lens Flare effect of course, so that you don't damage your original layer. Let's begin though by just going to Filter > Render > Lens Flare. You will see we get this little dialog box with a little tiny preview and we can go ahead and position that Lens Flare where we wanted to. And I'll position it right about there. We'll click OK. Great, image looks better, yes, look at that glorious fake sunrise. Here is the problem. That we did it on the actual Background layer, which means we can't reposition the Lens Flare, lower its Opacity, scale it and flip it, animate it, whatever we want to do here.

So I'm going to undo this. Command+Z, Ctrl+Z. Instead we want to create the Lens Flare on its own layer. So I'm going to create a new layer and I want to fill this layer with black after I name it. So let's call it Lens Flare by double-clicking on the name. Great. To fill this with black. Black is my foreground color, if it's not for you press the D key on your keyboard. And then Option+Delete, or Alt+ Backspace will fill your layer with black. We want to reopen the last Filter we used. That was Lens Flare here. So I can do Command+Option+F or Ctrl+Alt+F, and that will reopen the last filter used, which in this case it's Lens Flare, and here you will see that the Preview is remembering the last location that was used in.

So I often find when I actually want to do a Lens Flare, I'll do it on the original Background first just so I can position it in the Preview area, and then I'll click OK and undo it, so that when I then run Lens Flare on the additional layer, the Lens Flare will already be in the position that it needs to be in. I'll go ahead and click OK. Beautiful Lens Flare effect now. Man, is there some way I can make those black pixels go away? Because really all I want is the bright pixels here to composite down and blend into the Background layer. Of course, we do have a blend mode that ignores black.

It happens to be Screen. And look at that. All the black pixels go away as if they weren't even there. They are now transparent. And the Lens Flare is now a separate layer, so it can be repositioned. It can be scaled, it can be dialed down its Opacity if you needed to. You can mask it if you want to. So there's before, there's after. When that client calls you and says "I really need a Lens Flare in my image," you now know a way to do it non-destructively by using your good friend, the Screen blend mode.

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