Summary:

Rays of Light in Photoshop

    ●   Take a picture and make a spooky background for your project.


Learn About:

Threshold Brush Opacity

  •   This tutorial is part of the Monster Mesh Project.

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).

clouds


Step #2: Duplicate the Layer ~

Duplicate the original layer. Right-Click it land select "Duplicate Layer"

clouds layers


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!

Step #6: Erase ~

Then get the Eraser Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (E) …

eraser tool

… 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

Click to view the project database

Click to view the project database

 

… 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:
FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME

 

  •   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