Dreamr Lab Sessions #10 | Lighting Effect in Photoshop with Jamar Marriott

Sep 24, 2021 2 min read
Dreamr Lab Sessions #10 | Lighting Effect in Photoshop with Jamar Marriott

One of Dreamr's video editors, Jamar Marriott, shares how to add Lighting Effects to an image in Photoshop.

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Let's begin!

STEP 01: OPEN IMAGE IN PHOTOSHOP

You can either drag and drop your image in Photoshop, or you can go to File > Open and select the image you want to edit. In this example, I clicked the image in my Recent files.


STEP 02: DUPLICATE LAYER

With the Background layer selected in your Layers panel, hit ‘cmd’ + ‘J’ to duplicate the layer. You can also right-click and select Duplicate Layer. This is a common practice to ensure you can revert back to the original image if need be.


STEP 03: CONVERT DUPLICATED LAYER TO SMART OBJECT

With the duplicated layer selected, right-click and select ‘Convert to Smart Object’.


STEP 04: ADD LIGHTING EFFECT

With Layer 1 selected, go to Filter and select ‘Lighting Effects...’. In the Presets drop-down menu, select ‘Parallel Directional’ to add a light source into your image. You may change the position and direction of the lighting effect as well as other properties in the Properties panel.


STEP 05: CHANGE LIGHTING EFFECT COLOR

In the Properties panel, double-click on the Color (as shown in the first photo) to open up the color palette. Choose your desired lighting effect color. In this example, I will be choosing a shade of yellow. Click ‘Ok’ when you are happy with the lighting!


STEP 06: ADJUST LAYER OPACITY

With Layer 1 selected, adjust the Opacity so the lighting looks more realistic!


STEP 06: SAVE YOUR WORK!

Go to File > Export > Quick Export as PNG and save it as a .png to your computer.

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