Spotlight Background using Photoshop and Illustrator
● Learn to use Photoshop and Illustrator Together.
• Create an interesting background Photoshop and and import it into Illustrator to create shapes over it.
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Step #1: Open Photoshop ~
✗ Open YOUR PROJECT in Photoshop…
… if you're working on the Photoshop Portrait Project, open that …
… if you're working on the Picture Perfect Project, open your portrait …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
Step #2: New Layer ~
✗ Make a New Layer above your background layer.
Step #3: Fill with White ~
✗ Go to: Edit > Fill and fill the new layer with White …
✗ … or hit the keyboard shortcut letters: Alt (⌥) + Delete/Backspace + to fill the area with the foreground color.
Step #4: Lighting Effects Filter ~
✗ Now go to: Filter > Render > Lighting Effects …
✗ … and select Tripple Spotlight.
Step #5: Change the Color ~
✗ Change the color of the effect …
✗ … and the others too.
✗ Make each light a different color.
✗ Try the other settings too. Create a unique effect!
Step #6: Duplicate the Layer ~
✗ Right-click your spotlight background layer and hit Duplicate layer to make a copy .
Step #7: Flip the Layer Up-Side-Down~
✗ Hit the keyboard shortcut letters: Cmd(⌘)+T + …
✗ Right-Click and select Flip Vertical.
Step #8: 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 #9: Merge the Layers ~
✗ Select the two layers by holding the Shift Key and clicking them both …
✗ … hit Cmd(⌘)+E + or Right-Click and hit Merge Layers.
Step #10: More Blending Modes ~
✗ Now scroll through the Blending Modes on the merged layer and pick ANOTHER blending mode and watch how the layer reacts with the background. Try different Things.
✗ You can scroll through the Blending Modes by hitting Alt (⌥)+Shift+Plus
Last Step: Save & Attach ~
✗ Go to: File > Save as … and save your work.
• 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.