Rays of Light in Photoshop
● Take a picture and make a spooky background for your project.
✓ Threshold ✓ Brush Opacity
Other People's Work:
Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Open PhotoShop ~
✗ To start off, find an image that has some gap or spaces where light normally passes through, such as a window, clouds, or hallway or clouds or sunsets and open it in PhotoShop (you'll be moving to Illustrator later).
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.
✗ Remember: You can 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!
✗ Hint: You can scroll through the different Blending Modes by hitting Alt (⌥)+Shift+Plus:
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.
Step #13: Save as .ai ~
✓ Then go to: File > Save as ... and save the document as an .psd file.
Step #14: Open your Current Project ~
✓ Open YOUR CURRENT PROJECT …
… if it's the Comic Book Project, open your interior in Illustrator …
… if you're working on the Movie Poster Project, open that …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
Step #15: Place your Vase ~
✓ Now go to: File > Place … and place the .ai vase you saved.
✓ … (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✗ Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME
✗ 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