Rays of Light in Photoshop
● Take a picture and make a spooky background for your project.
✓ Threshold ✓ Brush Opacity
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Step #1: Open Your Project in PhotoShop ~
✗ If you are currently working on a Photoshop project, open YOUR PROJECT!
✗ If you don't have a project you can use, then make a blank document the same size - but remember: these tutorials are intended to be used ON YOUR PROJECTS.
Step #2: Duplicate the Layer ~
✗ Duplicate the original layer. Right-Click it land select "Duplicate Layer"
Step #3: Threshold ~
✗ Select the duplicate layer and go to: Image > Adjustments > Threshold …
✗ … and adjust the Thresold to half black and 1/2 white.
Step #4: Radial Blur image ~
✗ Now go to: Filter » Blur » Radial Blur …
✗ … set to: Zoom, Quality: Best, adjust the Amount and change the Blur Center.
✗ Be sure to adjust the "Blur Center" by dragging its center point around - thats's the most important part …
Step #5: Blending Mode ~
✗ 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!
Step #6: Erase ~
✗ Then get the Eraser Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (E) …
✗ … and select a soft brush …
✗ … and erase out part of the layer where obviously light is not passing through.
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✗ Save your work as - 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.
Other Resources: http://www.tutorialwiz.com/rayoflight