Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Lantern light, part of Creating Dreamscapes in Photoshop: 2.
So now that we have the candle lit, what we need to do is to have the effects of that lit candle on the building itself. Now we have this lit building here but, that's not what we're going to work with. What I'm going to do is I'm going to in here and duplicate my background again, right there. And bring that one above the candles, right there. And we're going to go in there and colorize this one, like we did with the light layer down here. And I'll go to my Hue/Saturation and before I go in here, lets cancel this. The detail.
Now this is going to be a strong light source right here, which means that some of this, detail that we see in here I will get in a little closer. So, I am going to, stone texture needs to really pop out at you. So, before I go in there and light this, I am going to go in there and go into my levels, and levels are going to increase the contrast in that area. Now I will push my dark scene you know, really nice and strong, right in there like that. And bringing my lights see, so I'm getting a little more contrast in the actual texture of the wall right there, see, getting a really strong sense of the texture of my wall.
Click OK. Now that I have this, it doesn't look that great right now, but that's okay, because we're only dealing with this area right here. Now I'm going to go in there and light this. Let's get a little closer so we see that area. And now I go into my Hue/Saturation. If I go in there and say colorize it, and let's bring up that saturation a little bit so it gets a little stronger, like that. I'm going to darken it just slightly, just to get a little more of that tone happening through there, like that. Click OK.
So, there's our little building, alright? So now, this has to serve as a light coming from our candle. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to give this a mask, but this time when I give it a mask, I'm going to hold down my Option key and say give it a mask. That automatically gave me a black mask, hiding the entire contents of that layer. So now, right there inside the contents layer. What I'm going to do, is get white from my foreground and get my little Gray tool.
Which is now going from white to transparent in a radio group gradian. And right here, right here on the wall I'm going to draw a little gradian right there like that. Okay? Now that I have that, there's that little shape. It's not quite the way I want it. So what I'm going to do, is I'm going to select that area and I have black for my background. So anything I do to that masks. Like I'm going to go in there and reshape this. This is going to give me black where I move into this area, where I create a negative area.
So what I want to do is, get that angle. See this is very circular, whereas we're looking at this wall at an angle. So what I'm going to do, is I'm going to go in there and transform this. So I'm hitting Cmd+T. To bring me the Transform tool, I'm just going to kind of shrink in a little bit, make it a more of an oval kind of a shape, and bring it over into position right where I want it right there. See, make it a little narrower. And you see that I'm not getting any white in here, because of the fact that my background is black, so as I shrunk it from the area that it originally came from, the negative area is black. When I have the shape that I want, I click OK. And there I can now deselect it, and we see that we have this nice little tone in here.
Now it's not quite right yet, because there are shadows that have to be cast. 'Cuz you see here, right here in the lantern, and we get in real close, we see that the lantern has these little separators here, right? So they need to cast a shadow onto our scene, as does this bar right here because this bar is in line with our candle, which means as the light's coming down, this is going to cast a shadow straight down on our wall. So, let's pull back and Now we're going to create that effect.
And they're going to be done right here in the mask itself. So what I'm going to do is, I'm going to go to mask and in the mask I'm going to start to create my shape. I'm going to go in here and with my brush, I have my brush, I'm going to make the size a little bigger. Nice big brush like that. And I go to my brush engine, make sure that nothing is turned on. Okay, there it is, nice and straight, like it is. I might make it a little bit harder. A little harder edge. And I'm going to bring down the opacity. I don't want it to be too strong. (INAUDIBLE) down to about like that.
I'm going to click right here. And right now, I'm doing with white. I want to hide. So I'm going to go to black and I'm going to click here, come down here and Shift+click. There it created a nice, nice little shadow. Do it up here, click, Shift+click and I got that other little shadow right there. Now I need the little shadow right underneath for the bar, so what I'm going to go is I'm going to go and make my brush much smaller like so, and I'm going to click here, and straight down click.
Come back up, and click, and click. So, I'm just creating this nice little shadow right there, and now when we pull back, we see that we now have this slight, now, it's a little strong. So, I could take the overall layer and bring down the opacity a little bit. This starts to become just this little halo on the wall, of our lantern that's now lit. In the next scene, we're going to have our ghostly visitor.
Check out the original Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1 for more inventive illustrative techniques.
- Isolating and retouching composite images
- Colorizing backgrounds
- Adding shadows
- Creating effects like smoke and sparkle
- Positioning elements