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One of the downsides of the previous version of Photoshop was that you couldn't access the Render Lighting Effects unless you opened up Photoshop in 32-bit mode, and this just wasn't that practical. And beyond that, the Render > Lighting Effects dialog, well, was antiquated and small and hard to use. Well, that has completely changed inside of this version of Photoshop. And this filter, it's incredibly powerful. Well, here you can see in this document we have two layers. I want to apply this filter to the topmost layer. So go ahead and click in that layer.
The next thing I want you to do is to navigate to your Filter pulldown menu and then choose Render and then select Lighting Effects. This will open up the Lighting Effects dialog. Now for starters, you'll notice that we have panels on the right and also some options up top. Let's talk about these options. Well, here you can see we can add new lights. And as you hover over them, you can see you have different light types, either a Spot Light or a Point Light or an Infinite Light. You can also select your light source over here, again, Point, Spot, or Infinite.
And as we make those selections, we can see the lights show up on the image. You also may have noticed that we have these presets. In order to get familiar with this new filter, you may want to go through some of these presets. For example, let's click on 2 O'clock Spotlight. This shows us that we can have light where we're adding color into our photographs. Or perhaps we want to select something which is more elaborate, like Five Lights Up. Here you can see all of those lights at the bottom of the image. You also will notice we have what's like a Layers panel.
In this case it's showing me all of my lights. I can turn these lights off if I don't want to use them. I can also click on a light in order to target it. Each of these lights, well, they have controls which we can use. We can either click and drag in order to modify the light. We can also reposition it or change the overall shape of the light. We can also use these controls as well. All right! Well, in order to get familiar with how to work with this dialog, let's go ahead and choose a different preset. I'll go to the Preset pulldown menu, and here what I want to do is choose an option which will allow me to work with one light.
I'll go ahead and select Soft Spotlight. This gives me this spotlight on my picture. Let's take a look at how we can use this. Well, if you click on one of these points, we can rotate this. We can also reposition the center point and then we can change the overall size of the light. You can see how I'm bringing that down, making that smaller here so that it's just illuminating this part of the frame. Well, in this case, I don't like that the light source is coming from this side of the image. Well, you can just move over one of these points, and here you can see I'm just flipping that around.
And then, of course, I'll need to re- drag my center point in order to bring that into the image. We also have some other controls as well. One of things that we might want to do, say, is bring up the Ambience. We could go ahead and click and drag that to bring in some more brightness to the background there. You can see how we can bring that way up. If you want to see your preview, click on the Preview. Here is before and then after. Really just focusing the viewer in on this part of the frame. And here I'm just going to move this light, perhaps, a little bit closer here and then make some more changes.
Here we can modify the exposure, we could overexpose this, or we could bring this down, so it's a bit more subtle. With this I'm kind of liking how it's working, except what I really want, is I want a light source on his face. I want something which is illuminating this part of the image. Well, to do that, I'm going to add a new light. I'll click on this icon here, and you can see it's now brought in a new light here to this image. With this new light, what I can do is control the intensity of this. We can bring this down or dial it back up.
Well, now that I have this light, it really makes this other one--well, it's just too directional for this type of an image. Well, to modify it, click on it. You can reactivate it there. What you can do is then modify, say, the intensity of this light. I'll go ahead and diminish that so it's not so strong. And as you work your way through this, you can click on these different light sources and make the changes that you think will work for your photograph. All right! Well, with this image, let's take a look at what we've done. If we click on the Preview button, here is our before and now our after.
Really, we've just redirected the viewer to focus in on the face. Let's just make a few subtle adjustments here with this. I'm going to open this up just a little bit more here, change the Hotspot just down a little bit, and just scale that around a little bit more here. And again, I'm just customizing this, trying to have a bit of fun with this. Next, once I'm ready to apply this, I'll go ahead and simply click OK. That will then render and apply these effects to the image. Well, in order to look at the before and after, now just click on your layer.
Here's our before, and now here's our after. I'll zoom out a little bit so you can see that light from a bit more of a pullback perspective. Again, here's before, and then here's after, really focusing the viewer in on this area of the frame. And by doing that and by using those lighting effects, well, you can come up with some really fascinating interesting results. And one of the things that I recommend you do is that you apply these adjustments either to a Smart Object layer or to a New layer, because you're going to need a little bit of flexibility.
Like with my adjustment, I like the way it's redirecting the focus. I don't like this dark line right here. Well, no big deal. Simply click on the Add layer Mask icon, then select your Brush tool. Here we'll go ahead and paint with black, and I'll go ahead and diminish my opacity here a little bit, increase my brush size. And if you're not familiar with masking, there are plenty of other movies that talk about how you can work with this. But here, basically, I'm just painting away that dark line that was next to his shoulder.
You can see that now our before and after, well, it really gives prominence or focus to the face, rather than having any other distracting elements that we introduced using that filter. So as you can see, this new filter has been completely overhauled. And I don't know about you, but it's one of these new features which I'm really excited about. I'm really excited to start to integrate this one into my workflow.
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