Join Daniel Lieske for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding a glow effect, part of Creating a Digital Painting with Photoshop CS5.
As a last adjustment, I want to put a Glow effect into my illustration. And for that, I'm selecting everything in the illustration save for the Background layer. And again, using Ctrl+Alt+E I duplicate the whole scene, and now I change the mode to screen. Now, this lightens up the whole illustration, and the effect is not quite nice.
But we will make some adjustments to it, so that it is exactly the effect that we're looking for. Now, the first thing we will do, we'll pop up the levels dialog, hitting Ctrl+L. And by doing that, and by sliding these little arrows here, from the left to the right, we make sure that only a portion of the layer keeps its lightness. I hit OK, and we will see what, what the effect was of that. If we go into Normal mode here, we see that we have dramatically raised the contrast of the image, so that all the middle parts are black now, and only the lightest parts remain bright.
And this means that, in Screen mode, only the lightest parts now light up the scene behind it. And to make a Glow effect from that, we'll just have to blur this layer with a filter. And under Blur, you'll find Gaussian blur. And we have a preview here, and you can see that I now increased the size of the blur. It gets really blurry, I guess you weren't expecting that, and we can see in the image here in the preview that it's getting really glowy.
Now, we can further adjust this Glow effect, by opening up the color balance again, Ctrl+B, and shifting the color of this glow into the reds and the magenta, for example. Now we have a very fantastic and fairy tale like glow effect around the bright spots especially over here.
And this is a little bit strong at the moment. But we see the difference when we decrease the opacity of this glow layer to zero. We can now experiment. It's a matter of your own taste, how strong you want the Glow effect to be. I guess I will go with 50% here. And this Glow effect, adds some atmosphere to our illustration. It's not too much right in the face, it's subtle in parts. But if you turn it on and off, you will see that the character of the painting is changing quite a bit with this Glow effect.
Whoa, and that, is it, we have finished our illustration, we have finished our post processing. I will now hit F, two times, to go into the Full screen mode, here in Photoshop. And this is the illustration we created, from scratch, from the completely abstract color composition. This what, is jungle scene emerged. And we enhanced it with detail, we put a character in it, and we did some nice post processing on it.
And now it is finished. I hope you enjoyed the process. I hope the you learned a bit from it. And I would really love to see you again in the future sometimes.
- Setting up
- Working with shapes and layers
- Using the Polygonal Lasso tool
- Separating the foreground from the background
- Enhancing the light in the scene
- Creating a leaf brush
- Painting a character