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Creating rays of light

From: Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

Video: Creating rays of light

In this movie, we're going to take those base rays that we created using the last 7 Marquee tools. And we're going to turn them into rays of light, using a filter called Radial Blur. Now, this step has nothing to do with selection outlines. But it's a really cool trick. I'm going to start off by zooming out a little bit. Now, I need more room to work in order to pull off this technique. So, I'm going to expand the canvas using the Canvas Size command. Go up to the Image menu, and choose Canvas Size. And then, inside the Canvas Size dialog box, change the unit of measure to pixels.

Creating rays of light

In this movie, we're going to take those base rays that we created using the last 7 Marquee tools. And we're going to turn them into rays of light, using a filter called Radial Blur. Now, this step has nothing to do with selection outlines. But it's a really cool trick. I'm going to start off by zooming out a little bit. Now, I need more room to work in order to pull off this technique. So, I'm going to expand the canvas using the Canvas Size command. Go up to the Image menu, and choose Canvas Size. And then, inside the Canvas Size dialog box, change the unit of measure to pixels.

Now, I want to add a thousand pixels horizontally and vertically. So, rather than trying to do the Math, I'm just going to enter in relative values by turning on the Relative check box. Then, I'll click on width and change that value to 1000. Press the tab key a couple of times here on the PC, just once on the Mac. And change the height value to a 1000 as well. And then, click OK, and you can see how that expands the overall size of the image. Now, with the raised layer selected, go up to the Filter menu, choose Blur, and then choose the Radial Blur command. Radial blur is one of Photoshop's old school filters, meaning that it doesn't provide a preview.

So, you need to make sure that this Blur Center item here, is centered. So, that dot right there should be absolutely at the center of the square, as it is by default. If it isn't for you, drag it around until it looks right. Then, I want you to switch the Blur Method to Zoom. And crank the amount value up to its maximum which is 100. Then, click OK and you'll end up zooming the rays outward as you see here. Now, we need to repeat the filter a few times. If you go up to the Filter menu, you'll notice that the first command is now Radial Blur and it has a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+F or Cmd+F on the Mac.

I'm going to use that keyboard shortcut, because that's the easiest way to work. So, I'll press Ctrl or Cmd+F once, and then twice, and then a third time, and then finally a fourth time. So, you want to repeat that filter four times after applying it in the first place. Now, we want to add a little bit of blur around each one of the rays of light. And you do that by repeating that filter again except with different settings. And that means making the dialog box come back up on screen. And you do that by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F here on the PC or Cmd+Option+F on the Mac.

Inside the Radial Blur dialog box, reduce the Amount Value to 5 and change the Blur Method to Spin. And then click OK. And those are our final rays. Now, we need to restore our original canvas size. So, go up to the Image menu and choose the Canvas Size command again. The Relative checkbox should still be on. You need to change the units back to pixels again, then click on the word width and change it to negative 1000 this time. Tab your way to the height value and change it to negative 1000 as well. And then click OK.

Photoshop will bring up an alert message telling you that the new canvas size is smaller than the current canvas size. We already knew that, and some clipping will occur. Well, that's not actually technically true. We are going to end up clipping away pixels from the background. But that's okay because we'll just be clipping those white pixels away. The independent layers will be unaffected. They'll continue to be the same size they are now. So, go ahead and click the Proceed button, to non-destructively crop the canvas. All right, I'm going to zoom back in.

We don't need the guides anymore, so you can either hide them or get rid of them. If you want to delete them, then go up to the View menu and choose the Clear Guides command. Now, I want to move the rays so that they're centered on the moon. And I'll do that by pressing and holding the Ctrl key, or the Cmd key on the Mac to temporarily get the Move tool. And then, I'll drag the rays so that they more or less appear centered inside of that moon like so. And now, the great thing is you can move the moon and the rays together if you like by going over to the Layers panel and Shift-clicking on the Moon Layer.

So, both rays and moon are selected. And now, if you press the Ctrl key, Cmd key on the Mac and drag, then you can move the moon and the rays to any location inside your composition that you like. However, before I get too carried away, I'm going to go ahead and press Ctrl+Z, or Cmd+Z on a Mac, to undo that move, because this is exactly where I want these items to be. So that's how you create a ray of light effect using the Radial Blur filter. Our next step is to mask the rays behind the tree.

And we'll do that using a few of Photoshop's automated selection functions.

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

102 video lessons · 20548 viewers

Deke McClelland
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  1. 35m 44s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 51s
    2. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 8 NEW
      6m 16s
    3. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 7 or earlier UPDATED
      5m 48s
    4. Opening from the Macintosh Finder UPDATED
      7m 10s
    5. Opening from Photoshop or Bridge
      3m 52s
    6. Opening through Camera Raw
      5m 11s
    7. Closing one image and closing all UPDATED
      5m 36s
  2. 52m 47s
    1. Navigating your image
      40s
    2. The dark vs. the light interface UPDATED
      6m 2s
    3. Navigating tabs and windows
      4m 32s
    4. Panels and workspaces
      6m 20s
    5. Zooming incrementally
      6m 22s
    6. Zooming continuously
      2m 43s
    7. Entering a custom zoom value
      2m 25s
    8. Scrolling and panning images
      2m 31s
    9. Rotating and resetting the view
      2m 11s
    10. Cycling between screen modes
      3m 10s
    11. Using the Navigator panel
      3m 38s
    12. Using Retina and HiDPI displays
      4m 3s
    13. Adjusting a few screen preferences UPDATED
      8m 10s
  3. 1h 2m
    1. Digital imaging fundamentals
      1m 45s
    2. Image size and resolution
      6m 34s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 9s
    4. Common resolution standards
      4m 7s
    5. Upsampling vs. real pixels
      7m 59s
    6. Changing the print size
      8m 15s
    7. Downsampling for print
      5m 14s
    8. Downsampling for email
      6m 22s
    9. The interpolation settings
      6m 40s
    10. Downsampling advice
      5m 5s
    11. Upsampling advice
      4m 15s
  4. 53m 20s
    1. The layered composition
      1m 40s
    2. Introducing the Layers panel
      4m 12s
    3. Adding, scaling, and aligning layers
      5m 27s
    4. Dragging and dropping layers
      4m 36s
    5. Stack, reveal, and rename
      3m 1s
    6. Opacity, history, and blend mode
      6m 5s
    7. Duplicating a selected portion of a layer
      5m 32s
    8. Applying a clipping mask
      3m 58s
    9. Blending inside a clipping mask
      4m 10s
    10. Finishing off your artwork
      3m 13s
    11. Creating a new layer and background
      4m 24s
    12. Layering tips and tricks
      7m 2s
  5. 26m 13s
    1. The art of the save
      54s
    2. Four things to know about saving UPDATED
      5m 59s
    3. Saving layers to PSD
      6m 34s
    4. Saving print images to TIFF
      4m 48s
    5. Saving an interactive image to PNG
      3m 40s
    6. Saving a flat photo to JPEG
      4m 18s
  6. 32m 16s
    1. Honing in on your image
      1m 43s
    2. The new and improved Crop tool
      4m 35s
    3. Editing your last crop
      6m 29s
    4. Cropping to a specific ratio or size
      5m 57s
    5. Straightening a crooked image
      4m 44s
    6. Filling in missing details UPDATED
      6m 44s
    7. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
  7. 44m 51s
    1. First, there is brightness
      2m 12s
    2. How luminance works
      4m 18s
    3. The three Auto commands
      3m 27s
    4. Automatic brightness and contrast
      6m 5s
    5. The Brightness/Contrast command
      2m 47s
    6. The dynamic adjustment layer
      4m 4s
    7. Editing adjustment layers
      3m 52s
    8. Isolating an adjustment with a layer mask
      3m 31s
    9. Introducing the histogram
      4m 58s
    10. Measuring an adjustment
      3m 34s
    11. Using the Shadows/Highlights command
      6m 3s
  8. 44m 33s
    1. And second, there is color
      1m 31s
    2. Identifying a color cast UPDATED
      3m 34s
    3. Correcting a color cast automatically
      3m 57s
    4. Changing the color balance
      6m 10s
    5. Compensating with Photo Filter
      3m 11s
    6. Adjusting color intensity with Vibrance
      3m 29s
    7. Correcting color casts in Camera Raw
      5m 46s
    8. The Hue/Saturation command
      5m 26s
    9. Summoning colors where none exist
      4m 8s
    10. Making more color with Vibrance
      4m 27s
    11. Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone
      2m 54s
  9. 55m 46s
    1. Making selective modifications
      1m 10s
    2. The geometric Marquee tools
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning one image element to another
      4m 59s
    4. The freeform Lasso tools
      3m 59s
    5. The Polygonal Lasso tool and Quick Mask
      5m 19s
    6. Cropping one selection inside another UPDATED
      6m 15s
    7. Creating rays of light
      4m 44s
    8. Quick Selection and Similar
      4m 11s
    9. Making it better with Refine Edge
      4m 56s
    10. Integrating image elements
      2m 39s
    11. Magic Wand and Grow
      5m 17s
    12. Refine, integrate, and complete
      6m 16s
  10. 53m 48s
    1. Your best face forward
      1m 0s
    2. Content-Aware Fill UPDATED
      6m 11s
    3. Using the Spot Healing Brush
      5m 36s
    4. The more capable "standard" Healing Brush UPDATED
      5m 55s
    5. Meet the Clone Source panel
      3m 53s
    6. Caps Lock and Fade
      4m 57s
    7. The Dodge and Burn tools UPDATED
      5m 1s
    8. Adjusting color with the Brush tool UPDATED
      6m 35s
    9. Smoothing skin textures UPDATED
      5m 57s
    10. Brightening teeth
      4m 0s
    11. Intensifying eyes UPDATED
      4m 43s
  11. 49s
    1. Until next time UPDATED
      49s

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