Add Lighting Effects

Add Lighting Effects

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Add Photoshop Lighting Effects



Lights can be added in Photoshop to both 3D objects and normal layer assets (i.e., images and rasterized layers).

There are three types of lights available; Infinite, Spot and Point. For each light you can set the color, intensity and other parameters.


Step One

Open an image file in Photoshop (File > Open).

Step Two

With the image layer selected, choose Filter > Render > Lighting Effects. The Lighting Effects dialog box opens.

Step Three

The interface is divided into four parts; Light Options bar, Properties panel, Lights panel and Main Workspace.

Step Four

From the Lights panel, you can see that our scene already has one light added.

Step Five

Click the Visibility icon to turn the light on and off.

Step Six

In the Properties panel you can set the light Type, Color and Intensity.

Step Seven

There are additional sliders used to simulate Glossy or Metallic surfaces.

Step Eight

The Ambience slider is used to simulate ambient light. It basically lightens the darker areas of the image.

Step Nine

By setting Texture to Red, Green or Blue, a bump map is applied to the image based on one of the image's channels. The Height slider controls the texture intensity.

Step Ten

The light's Position, Size and Intensity can be controlled in the workspace.

Step Eleven

To add an additional light, click one of the Add New Light icons in the Light Options bar.

Step Twelve

Once you are satisfied, click OK and the effect is applied.

Think Beyond a Single Light

You can add several lights to the scene. For scenes with multiple lights, remember that the lights are additive. Lower Intensity settings generally work better.

Individual Light Controls

The Color, Intensity and Hotspot controls are applied to each individual light. The other sliders define the global settings. career skills