Mandala 7

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Boosting the Colors

In this effect, photos with cool colors (eg. blue, green) will become darker and warm colors (eg. red, orange) warmer. The results are dark grass and trees, vivid colors and glowing tones.

Step 1: Open a photo, you want to work on.

Step 2: Change the color mode to Lab color (Image > Mode > Lab Color).
Lab color mode contains a chroma. This channel identifies the cool and warm colors.

Step 3: Create a new Layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N)

Step 4: With the new layer selected, use the Apply Image tool (Image > Apply Image) and set the following properties
Layers – Merged
Channel – a
Invert – Unchecked
Blending – Normal
Opacity – 100%

Now that we have defined our layer with the cool and dark colors, we can blend the layer into the image and adjust the result accordingly.

Step 5: Change the blending mode of the top layer to Soft Light

Step 6: Open the Levels tool (Image > Adjustments > Levels or Ctrl + L) to adjust the effect. To increase the effect, move the black and white input sliders towards the center.

Step 7: Editing part complete, so let’s change the image mode back to RGB color (Image > Mode > RGB color)

Step 8: This effect may cause some parts to be over saturated. To fix that, simply use the Hue / Saturation tool (Image > Adjustmens > Hue / Saturation or Ctrl + U) and lower the saturation.



Light Rays

Step 1: Open a photo you would like to edit.

Step 2: Duplicate the layer (Layer> Duplicate or Ctrl+J).

Step 3: To find and separate the light source of the photo, use the Levels tool (Image> Adjustment> Levels or Ctrl+L). Drag the middle input slider all the way to the left.

Step 4: Now that we have the light source identified, we can distort it into a ray of light. For that, we’ll use the Radial Blur filter (Filter> Blur> Radial Blur) with properties set to

  • Amount: 100
  • Blur Method: Zoom
  • Quality: Best

After you have those properties set, click and drag the blur center to the area where you would like the ray of light to zoom out from.

Step 5: You’ll notice that there are visible speckles on the ray of light. To smooth down the speckles, we will apply the filter two more times and most of it should be gone. Press Ctrl+F to redo the previous filter again. After the filter has been processed, press Ctrl+F again to redo the previous filter once more. In total, press Ctrl+F two times.

Step 6: Now that ray of light is created, we can blend it into the original image by changing the blending mode of the current layer to Screen.

Step 7: Although the light is blended into the original photo, it still doesn’t seem very strong. To increase the visibility of the rays, we’ll use the Levels tool again (Image> Adjustments> Levels or  Ctrl+L). Drag the right input slide towards the left to increase visibility. You may also press the Auto button to have Photoshop automatically set it to an appropriate level.

Step 8: In case you are working with a large image, you may still notice that there are speckles on the rays. To remove that, we’ll use the Despeckle filter (Filter> Noise> Despeckle). Press Ctrl+F to repeat the filter until the speckles disappear.

Step 9: Now we need to erase the areas that the ray of light shouldn’t be visible on. To do this, we are going to use layer mask. Add a layer mask to the top layer (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal All) and click on the thumbnail of the layer mask to ensure it has been selected.

Step 10: With the layer mask selected, use the Eraser tool (E) to erase the areas where the light shouldn’t appear.

Step 11: To emphasize the colors of the ray of light, use the Hue/Saturation tool (Image> Adjustments> Hue/Saturation or Ctrl+U) to increase the saturation. Before you can use the Hue/Saturation tool, you need to click on the thumbnail of the ray of light layer.


Note: 1. Using too much of Despeckle filter will blur the ray of light, so don’t overuse it.

2. To add more rays, use the brush tool to draw white lines where you would like the additional ray of light to appear, after you’ve used the Levels tool to separate the bright areas from the photo (step 4). Thicker the line, the brighter the ray of light will be. After you’re done, continue with the rest of the tutorial.

Metal Texture

Step 1: Create a new document (File > New or Ctrl + N)

Step 2: Set the background color to 50% grey.

Step 3: Now let’s add some noise to the image. To do this, use the Add Noise tool (Filter> Noise> Add Noise). Select Uniform and check-mark Monochromatic. The Amount you specify will determine how visible the metal grain will be.

Step 4: Use the Motion Blur tool (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur) to blur the grain.

Step 5: Now enlarge the layer to hide the edge effect caused by the Motion Blur filter. To do this, use the Rectangular Marquee tool (M) to create a selection of most of the brushed metal area.

Step 6: Use the Transform tool (Edit> Transform> Scale or Ctrl+T) to scale the selection to the document’s size.

Step 7: Add a lighting effect to this texture, simply use the Lighting Effects filter (Filter> Render> Lighting Effects).

The Smoke Effect

Step 1: Use lasso tool and draw an abstract shape like a cloud. Set a feather to 60px.

Step 2: Filter > Render > Clouds

Step 3: Let’s make the cloud bit bluish to get the smoke color effect.
Image > Adjustments > Hue /Saturation

Step 4: Use any free smoke stock image and mix both the layers of images by setting color dodge as blend mode.

Mandalas and Patterns

Hello everyone,

I hope you are having a good weekend. I just dropped by to let you all know that, i have added two new collections in the art gallery.

  1. Mandala : round designs with lot’s of patterns and colors
  2. Patterns : name says it all. Doesn’t it 🙂

I hope you like and enjoy them as my old posts, as there will be more in future.