Add Lighting Effects to Images in Photoshop CS6

Edited by Freya, Rushell, Eng, Doug Collins

You're watching VisiHow. In this video, we're going to show you how to add a lighting effect to an image on Photoshop CS6 on Windows 7.


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    We already have an image open, which we've demonstrated how to do in another video on this website.
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    This particular document has two layers, which can be seen at the bottom of the right-hand side panel. We can't see the layer underneath the image because both layers are the same size. We should make sure the layer we're working with is selected.
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    We need to go up to "Filter" on the menu across the top of the screen.
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    Come down to "Render".
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    Then select "Lighting Effects..."
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    Now, the page is loading. Since it has quite a lot of information, it might take a few seconds.
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    We can see now that we have an oval shape on our canvas.
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    On the right-hand side, it shows we have selected the "Spot" light effect. This is the type of effect that is showing on the main canvas image.
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    Before changing any of the settings on the right-hand side, we can adjust the size by clicking and dragging on one of the dots on the sides of the oval.
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    Now, we've made the oval a bit bigger. We can make it wider or longer. We can also rotate it as well.
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    The smaller oval is the spot light, and it is more intense in the top right area. This can also be changed to be more intense in another area as well.
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    At the top of the panel on the right-hand side, we can click on "Spot" to see other lighting effect options.
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    If we select a "Point" light, we'll see a dramatically different view. The light would be coming from one particular area and not so much from a corner.
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    An "Infinite" light is similar to the Point light but not as focused on one area.
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    We'll continue using the "Spot" light in our demonstration.
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    We can change the "Color" of the light by clicking on the box next to "Color" and then choosing a desired color.
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    We'll click on a red color and then select "OK".
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    Now, we can see our spotlight has a red tone.
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    We can change the "Intensity" by dragging the scroller or typing in a number on the right-hand side.
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    We can also change the "Hotspot" in the same way. It's worth experimenting with the settings, depending on what we're trying to achieve. It can give really nice effects.
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    We can change the "Colorize" color by clicking on that box and choosing a color.
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    We'll choose a purple for this one.
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    Adjust the "Exposure" by dragging along the scroller or typing in a number, as before.
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    We can add a "Gloss" effect. Again, with all of these, we can also just type in the number if we know what we're wanting. It can be worth just dragging and pulling along the scroller to see what happens.
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    Finally, if we want it to be more or less "Metallic", we can change that as well. That could make quite a difference, depending on the image we're working with.
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    Once we're happy with everything, and we've changed all the settings and adjusted the actual light on our canvas, we can click on the blue "OK" button at the top.
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    Now, it's been applied, and even our layer thumbnail on the right has been updated.
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    This is a VisiHow video, and we've just shown you how to edit lighting effects on Photoshop CS6 on Windows 7. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to add them to the section below, and we'll do our best to get back to you.
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