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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals is a concise and focused introduction to the key features in Photoshop, presented by long-time lynda.com author and Adobe veteran Deke McClelland. This course covers the image editing process from the very beginning and progresses through the concepts and techniques that every photographer or graphic designer should know. Deke explains digital imaging fundamentals, such as resolution vs. size and the effects of downsampling. He explains how to use layers to edit an image nondestructively and organize those edits in an easy-to-read way, and introduces techniques such as cropping, adjusting brightness and contrast, correcting and changing color, and retouching and healing images. These lessons distill the vast assortment of tools and options to a refined set of skills that will get you working inside Photoshop with confidence.
In this movie, we're going to make the rays of light actually appear as if they are emanating from the moon by adding a couple of layer effects. You may notice from this distance it appears as if we have a little bit of a rim around the moon as if we didn't select it properly. That's actually not the case. If I zoom in to 100%, you can see that the moon looks great. It's just that Photoshop doesn't always render things properly when you're zoomed out. So if you see something wrong in your image, make sure to zoom in to 100% which is Photoshop's most accurate preview.
Now I have the rays layer selected here inside the Layers panel. And I also switched back to the Rectangular Marquee tool, so I'm going to reduce the Opacity from the keyboard by pressing the 8 key to take the opacity of this layer down to 80%, as you can see here inside the Layers panel. Then I'll click on the moon layer to select it. And we're going to add a couple of glow effects by dropping down to the FX icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, clicking on it, and I'll start by choosing Outer Glow down here at the bottom of the pop-up menu.
And I'm going to drag inside the image window. You don't have to press the Spacebar when you have this dialog box up, you can just drag to pan the image. And then, I'm going to click on this little Color Swatch, which by default appears as yellow, and I'm going to change it to white by dragging inside this big color field here all the way to the upper left corner and then I'll click OK. And now, I'll take the Opacity value up to 100%. A Blend mode of Screen is just fine. I'll tab my way down to the Size value and I'll press Shift+Up arrow until I get a size of 85 pixels, so I have a big glow coming off the moon.
I also want to spread that glow just slightly, so I'm going to change the Spread value here just above the Size value and raise it incrementally from the keyboard by pressing the Up arrow key until I get 5%. And that looks good to me, now I feel like we need a little bit of an inner glow as well. So go ahead and click on Inner Glow in the list, not Inner Shadow but Inner Glow. And again, we want it to be white, so click on that yellow color swatch, drag to the upper left-hand corner of the field and click OK.
This time, I want an Opacity value of 50% and I'm going to tab my way down to the Size value and press Shift+Up arrow in order to change that value to 15 pixels and then click OK. And that's all there is to it. We now have a glowing moon integrated into the rays of light. The only image element that's still outstanding is the big huge flower in the foreground and we'll begin working on that in the next movie.
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