Adding Infinite Lights

Adding Infinite Lights

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Add Infinite Lights in Photoshop



Within Photoshop you can add either Infinite, Spot or Point lights. Infinite lights are similar to the way that the sun illuminates the outdoors. The rays travel in a straight line and create shadows with similar characteristics.


Step One

In Photoshop open a new blank document (File > New). Set the image size to 1,024 pixels by 1,024 pixels.

Step Two

Add a new layer to the Layers panel by clicking the Create a New Layer icon.

Step Three

Choose 3D > New Mesh from Layer > Mesh Preset > Pyramid. The object is added to the blank layer and it becomes a 3D layer.

Step Four

In the 3D panel, click Infinite light to select the light. The light was added to the scene by default.

Step Five

Click and drag the small sphere on the light controller to reposition the light. Watch the light effect on the object and the shadow cast by the object.

Step Six

To soften the shadow you can adjust the Softness slider in the Properties panel.

Step Seven

The light's color is changed by clicking the Color rectangle in the Properties panel.

Step Eight

To change the light's intensity, move the Intensity slider or enter a value in the box.

Step Nine

You can set a specific light angle by selecting the Coordinates icon in the Properties panel. Values can be entered for X, Y or Z Angle.

Step Ten

To see your scene with the new light settings, click the Render icon on the Properties panel.

Lights Without Shadows

You may want to add multiple lights to your scene. It is possible in the Properties panel to activate shadows for just one or two of the lights.