Lightning Bolt in Photoshop
● Visual Direction is an Important Concept in Advertising.
● Use a lightning bolt to point the way toward something you want your viewers to look at.
✓ Burn Tool ✓ Zoom Tool ✓ Merge Layers
• This tutorial is part of the Drive Me Wild project.
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Step #1: Open Your Project in Photoshop ~
✗ Open YOUR PROJECT in Photoshop …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
Step #2: Create a New Layer ~
✗ Create a New Layer and name it lighting …
✗ … select the Polygonal Lasso Tool .
✗ … and drag a Lightning Bolt shape …
✗ Your shape can be any variations you want. Just try it!
Step #2: Set your Color ~
✗ Choose a color from your selection with the Eyedropper Tool…
✗ … OR - if you don't have a color pallette picked out, choose your own …
✗ … and fill the selection by hitting: Alt (⌥)+Delete + or use the Paint Bucket
Step #3: Duplicate the Layer ~
✗ Duplicate the Layer by dragging it to the icon.
Step #4: Re-select the Lightning Bolt ~
✗ Re-select the shape by: Cmd (⌘) +Click ing the layer thumbnail.
Step #5: Change the Color ~
✗ Now choose a darker color with the Eyedropper Tool …
✗ … and fill the new layer with the darker color by hitting Alt (⌥)+Delete: + again.
Step #6: Nudge the Image Slightly ~
✗ Click the Move Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …
✗ … nudge the shape a little.
Step #7: Burn Tool ~
✗ Next, get the Burn Tool or hit the shortcut letter (O) …
✗ … swap the range from Shadows to Midtones to Highlights until you find something that works.
✗ … and try turning off Protect Tones, too.
✗ Try a large grungy brush …
✗ … also raise and lower the Exposure as needed …
✗ … and burn burn burn! Burn around the edges to add the illusion of depth.
✗ Do this all the way around.
Step #8: Layer Effects ~
✗ Click at the bottom of the layers palette …
✗ … and add Stroke.
✗ Change the Stroke color to match.
✗ Also add Bevel and Emboss …
✗ … and Drop Shadow too.
Step #9: Merge The Layers ~
✗ Select both lightning layers by shift clicking them …
✗ … and hit Cmd (⌘) + E + or Right-Click > Merge Layers to merge them together.
Step #10: Stretch to Fit (Optional ) ~
✗ Hit Cmd (⌘) + T + and stretch the image to help add a Z shape to your composition:
Step #11: Blending Modes (Optional ) ~
✗ Move the Lightning Bolt Layer down behind your car but above the background layers …
✗ … scroll through the Blending Modes and find one you like:
✗ Try Multiply, Screen or Overlay or whatever you like best …
✗ If you see other blending modes you like as you're scrolling down, don't be afraid to experiment.
✗ Blending Modes are awesome!
✗ Hint: You can scroll through the different Blending Modes by hitting Alt (⌥)+Shift+Plus:
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✗ Go to: File > Save as … and save the image as a .psd file - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.psd
✗ Attach it!
• ALWAYS save your projects like this:
• DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.
• NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.