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Black + Lens Flare = glow

From: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

Video: Black + Lens Flare = glow

So here I am back inside the final Martini Hour banner.psd file. You may recall the purplish glow that comprises this Lens Flare in the upper right corner, as well as just sort of this general gooey-glowiness over here in the bottom left. The layers that are responsible for that are these. I will press the F7 key in order to bring up the Layers panel. I want you to see the Splash Layer right there, along with the darken and purplish Adjustment Layers that are clipped to it. I am going to Alt+Click or Option+Click on the eyeball in front of that Splash Layer, and you will see, this is what the glow looks like.

Black + Lens Flare = glow

So here I am back inside the final Martini Hour banner.psd file. You may recall the purplish glow that comprises this Lens Flare in the upper right corner, as well as just sort of this general gooey-glowiness over here in the bottom left. The layers that are responsible for that are these. I will press the F7 key in order to bring up the Layers panel. I want you to see the Splash Layer right there, along with the darken and purplish Adjustment Layers that are clipped to it. I am going to Alt+Click or Option+Click on the eyeball in front of that Splash Layer, and you will see, this is what the glow looks like.

Go ahead and press the F7 key to hide the Layers panel once again. There is the Lens Flare, very bright, and there is some blue stuff that's coming off the Lens Flare. And then I have a little bit of brightness, sort of grayness really, over here. Otherwise, it's just a big black blob. Well, because I applied the Screen Mode to that big black blob, everything that's truly black drops away. Anything that's not black casts a glow. So if it's very dark, it casts a very slight glow.

If it's very bright, it casts a very bright glow. This may seem like a strange way to work at first, but it actually comes in quite handy and allows you to constrain your modifications inside of your layered compositions. So I will walk you through how to put this together. I will go ahead and Alt+Click or Option +Click on this eyeball again, just to reestablish that composition. Then, I am going to switch forward to the Splash.tif file, that is available to you inside of your 10_layers folder. I am going to press Shift+Tab to bring back some of my panels here.

The panel I really need is the Channels panel, which is kind of smooshed. So I am going to double-click next to Masks in order to collapse the Adjustments panel. And then I will double-click next to Paths in order to expand the Channels panel. And then I will go ahead and Ctrl+Click or Command+Click on the RGB thumbnail in order to load the entire image as a selection outline. So basically what's happening here, I will go ahead and press Shift+Tab to get rid of my panels for a moment, what's happening here is Photoshop has gone ahead and selected the Highlights, deselected the Shadows and of course its incrementally selecting all the grays in between.

And now what I am going to do is I am going to press the F7 key to restore my Layers panel for a moment. I am going to create a new layer by pressing Ctrl+Shift+N, Command+Shift+N on the Mac. I will call it splash and then I will click OK. Now, with the Splash Layer active, and in fact, you know what, just so we are not too confused by things, I am going to turn off the Background Layer, so it's not interfering with our ability to see what's going on here. I am going to press the D key to reestablish black as my foreground color. Because it was formerly 15% gray.

I will press Alt+Backspace or Option+ Delete to fill the selection with black and then press Ctrl+D or Command+D to deselect the image. We have our black blob in all of its beauty. Now let's take said blob and let's move it into the Blended starfield.psd file. So I will press and hold the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac. Drag this guy up to the Title tab. Bring him back into the Image window, after the image is switched. Press the Shift key.

So I have Ctrl+N+Shift down, Command+ N+Shift down on the Mac and release. And the blob is centered inside of the image. Now, I don't want him to be exactly centered, I want to nudge him. In order to nudge a layer, you have to have the Ctrl key down or the Command key down on the Mac, so that you are invoking the Move Tool. I want to nudge it a fair distance, so I am going to have Shift down as well. So if you are on the PC, I want you to press Ctrl+Shift+Right Arrow six times in a row, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. If you are working on the Mac, I want you to press Command+Shift+Right Arrow six times in a row.

I just happened to know this is where this thing needs to be located. And then, after you get done doing that, on the PC press Ctrl+Shift+Up Arrow five times in a row, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. On the Mac, I want you to press Command+Shift+Up Arrow five times in a row. And then you have the black blob in exactly the right location. Now, who would know, of course, because it's such an amazingly black blob that it's completely preventing us from seeing half of our artwork. But we are going to remedy that, believe it or not. I am going to go ahead and bring up the F7 key. I am going to change the Blend Mode associated with Splash to Screen.

So I was telling you, screen drops out black. So this layer will immediately become completely invisible. Because it's altogether black, Screen treats black as transparent, so we have nothing left. Well, now we can go ahead and assign the Lens Flare. I am going to go up to the Edit menu and I am going to choose Render and then I will choose Lens Flare. This dialog box's feature is a little difficult to control, because you can barely see what you are doing here inside of this inky-dinky preview. I want you to set your Lens Type to 50- 300mm Zoom, which is the default setting.

I want you to raise your Brightness to 120. I want you to click right about there, inside of this v little preview and I want you to click OK. You should get a highlight that hits the top right corner of the second martini glass. If you want to check your positioning and confirm that you have got it about right, then you could switch over to Martini Hour banner.psd and see if things shift. Which they do for me a little bit. Notice that I am shifting back and forth just ever so slightly. If that happens and you are concerned about it, I just want to show you how to do it.

Press Ctrl+Alt+Z, Command+ Option+Z to undo the Lens Flare. And then to reapply the last filter, you have just got done applying. You press Ctrl+Alt+F or Command+Option+F again. That brings up the Lens Flare filter again. Just kind of slightly move that guy. It's pretty hard to sightly move it actually, but just a little bit. That looks okay, I guess. I have no idea. This is the worst preview ever. Click OK in order to apply the effect and now it looks like that.

I can compare it to the other one, and it's great. I am happy with it. I don't want to sit there and move it around anymore. Now, the next thing that I am going to do is I am going to add a little bit of brushed highlight over here in the left- hand side and I am going to show you how to do that in the next exercise.

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 39m 52s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
      1m 49s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 8s
  2. 53m 36s
    1. There is nothing you can't do
      2m 1s
    2. The power of Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Duplicating a layer
      4m 49s
    4. Liquifying an image
      4m 43s
    5. Adding a layer mask
      5m 54s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      7m 42s
    7. Selecting with Color Range
      4m 10s
    8. Making a Hue/Saturation layer
      2m 53s
    9. Luminance blending
      7m 21s
    10. Mask density
      5m 9s
    11. Making a knockout layer
      4m 11s
  3. 51m 23s
    1. The best way to work
      41s
    2. Setting General preferences
      5m 33s
    3. Changing the pasteboard color
      5m 41s
    4. File handling, performance, and units
      7m 25s
    5. Touring the Photoshop interface
      11m 5s
    6. Creating and saving a workspace
      7m 21s
    7. Changing settings and updating the workspace
      6m 4s
    8. Resetting the preferences
      7m 33s
  4. 2h 46m
    1. The amazing Adobe Bridge
      1m 17s
    2. Making a new image
      5m 11s
    3. Opening an image
      7m 7s
    4. Opening and closing multiple images
      5m 24s
    5. Opening a problem image
      4m 23s
    6. Adding file information
      8m 37s
    7. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      7m 37s
    8. A whirlwind tour of Bridge
      7m 21s
    9. Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
      8m 18s
    10. Using the full-screen preview
      8m 5s
    11. Rotating images on their sides
      5m 38s
    12. Assigning star ratings and labels
      8m 40s
    13. Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
      9m 13s
    14. Moving, copying, and deleting files
      6m 34s
    15. Creating and assigning keywords
      6m 38s
    16. Searches and collections
      7m 3s
    17. Batch-exporting JPEG files
      8m 57s
    18. Batch-renaming
      7m 15s
    19. String substitution and regular expressions
      8m 50s
    20. Grouping images into stacks
      7m 21s
    21. Comparing images in Review mode
      5m 58s
    22. Playing images in a slideshow
      4m 49s
    23. Customizing and saving the workspace
      7m 17s
    24. Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5
      8m 36s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Learning to swim inside an image
      37s
    2. The tabbed-window interface
      5m 19s
    3. Arranging image windows
      4m 26s
    4. Common ways to zoom
      5m 31s
    5. New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
      4m 24s
    6. Hidden old-school zoom tricks
      4m 34s
    7. Scrolling and panning images
      4m 8s
    8. Viewing the image at print size
      6m 42s
    9. The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
      2m 56s
    10. Nudging the screen from the keyboard
      2m 39s
    11. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 41s
    12. The Rotate View tool
      3m 36s
    13. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 17s
    14. Using the numerical zoom value
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Imaging fundamentals
      58s
    2. What is image size?
      7m 45s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 0s
    4. Selecting an interpolation option
      4m 56s
    5. Upsampling versus "real" pixels
      5m 22s
    6. The penalty of pixels
      5m 35s
    7. Print size and resolution
      7m 26s
    8. Downsampling for print
      6m 39s
    9. Downsampling for email
      7m 28s
    10. Options for upsampling
      8m 13s
    11. Better ways to make a big image
      6m 1s
  7. 44m 43s
    1. Frame wide, crop tight
      1m 2s
    2. Using the Crop tool
      8m 8s
    3. Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
      5m 31s
    4. Crop tool presets
      6m 53s
    5. Previewing the crop angle
      4m 24s
    6. The Crop command
      4m 47s
    7. Straightening with the Ruler tool
      4m 18s
    8. Cropping without clipping
      5m 1s
    9. Perspective cropping
      4m 39s
  8. 1h 41m
    1. Making drab colors look better
      1m 20s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      4m 10s
    3. Adjusting numerical values
      4m 26s
    4. Introducing adjustment layers
      5m 17s
    5. Editing adjustment layers
      2m 51s
    6. Saving adjustment layers
      4m 35s
    7. Adding a quick layer mask
      4m 23s
    8. Introducing the Histogram
      4m 34s
    9. Working with the Histogram panel
      6m 27s
    10. Using Color Balance
      7m 18s
    11. Introducing the Variations command
      4m 51s
    12. Luminance and saturation controls
      3m 54s
    13. Fading a static adjustment
      3m 21s
    14. How hue and saturation work
      4m 28s
    15. Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
      6m 4s
    16. Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
      4m 42s
    17. Adjusting hues selectively
      5m 32s
    18. The Target Adjustment tool
      4m 24s
    19. Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
      53s
    20. Adjusting the color of clothing
      8m 44s
    21. Enhancing a low-saturation image
      4m 23s
    22. Refining saturation with Vibrance
      5m 1s
  9. 1h 57m
    1. Photoshop versus the real world
      1m 21s
    2. Meet the selection tools
      10m 26s
    3. Marking the center of an image
      4m 9s
    4. Drawing a geometric selection outline
      4m 45s
    5. Blurring a selection outline with Feather
      6m 8s
    6. Copy and paste versus drag and drop
      5m 31s
    7. Creating a graduated selection
      4m 29s
    8. Aligning one image with another
      4m 45s
    9. Accessing the Move tool on the fly
      3m 34s
    10. Invert and Match Colors
      5m 4s
    11. Matching colors selectively
      3m 52s
    12. Feathering and filling a selection
      5m 14s
    13. Dressing up a composition with effects
      5m 34s
    14. The incredible image rotation trick
      2m 18s
    15. The Magic Wand tool
      4m 12s
    16. Tolerance and other options
      7m 7s
    17. Grow, Similar, and Inverse
      5m 39s
    18. Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
      7m 27s
    19. Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
      8m 52s
    20. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    21. Placing an image with a layer mask
      3m 23s
    22. Eliminating edge fringing
      7m 43s
  10. 1h 58m
    1. Brushing to correct
      56s
    2. How brushing works
      4m 52s
    3. Working with spacing
      7m 32s
    4. Changing size and hardness
      7m 45s
    5. The heads-up Color Picker
      7m 17s
    6. Flipping a mirror image
      3m 33s
    7. Setting the source for the History brush
      3m 42s
    8. Brightening details with the Dodge tool
      7m 49s
    9. Darkening details with the Burn tool
      3m 5s
    10. The Sponge tool
      4m 29s
    11. Backing off edits
      8m 4s
    12. Patching eye bags
      8m 57s
    13. Evening out flesh tones
      7m 23s
    14. Smoothing away whiskers
      7m 41s
    15. Reducing shadow noise
      7m 0s
    16. How healing works
      4m 40s
    17. The enhanced Spot Healing brush
      4m 52s
    18. Using the better Healing brush
      4m 23s
    19. Introducing the Clone Source panel
      3m 49s
    20. Cloning from one layer to another
      5m 30s
    21. Working with multiple sources
      4m 44s
  11. 1h 23m
    1. The layered composition
      1m 0s
    2. Making a new background layer
      6m 58s
    3. Working with "big layers"
      6m 24s
    4. Move, Duplicate, and Scale
      4m 11s
    5. Transforming a copy and repeat
      5m 15s
    6. Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
      5m 15s
    7. Adjusting multiple layers at once
      4m 22s
    8. Switching between layers
      4m 56s
    9. Making a digital star field
      5m 9s
    10. Blend mode and clipping mask
      4m 50s
    11. Dragging and dropping from your desktop
      4m 38s
    12. Black + Lens Flare = glow
      6m 16s
    13. Locking transparency
      5m 42s
    14. Adding gradient layers
      8m 12s
    15. Stacking an adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    16. Adding shadow and stroke
      6m 9s
  12. 1h 17m
    1. Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
      1m 32s
    2. Printing an RGB composite
      5m 31s
    3. Customizing the subjective print file
      3m 15s
    4. Gauging print size
      5m 35s
    5. Scale, position, and page orientation
      5m 6s
    6. Three important printing curiosities
      4m 41s
    7. Introducing the Output options
      5m 34s
    8. Establishing a bleed
      5m 52s
    9. Using the Color Management options
      7m 21s
    10. Generating a PDF contact sheet
      6m 18s
    11. Creating a contact sheet template
      6m 8s
    12. Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
      4m 18s
    13. Introducing the Web Gallery
      7m 53s
    14. Exporting and editing an HTML site
      3m 58s
    15. The Airtight Photocard site
      4m 56s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Rules of the web
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing web graphics
      6m 59s
    3. A first look at Save for Web
      5m 47s
    4. Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      7m 30s
    5. Incremental downsampling
      3m 1s
    6. Adding text, bar, and stroke
      4m 24s
    7. Assigning copyright and metadata
      6m 21s
    8. Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      4m 59s
    9. Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      6m 31s
    10. Saving metadata
      3m 52s
    11. Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      4m 35s
    12. Downsampling graphic art
      4m 49s
    13. Saving a GIF graphic
      6m 1s
    14. Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG
      4m 6s
  14. 1m 37s
    1. Until next time
      1m 37s

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