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Window Lighting Effects

Author: LunaL

Tools Needed

  • Photoshop

Introduction

With this tutorial we are going to learn how to add special lighting effects to windows of a dark room. This particular technique can be used in various different situations.

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Step 1 - One

To begin, open your document that you wish to add these effect to. We will use this scene for this tutorial.

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Step 2 - Two

Create a new layer on top of your current document

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Step 3 - Three

Prepare your image for lighting by using a soft brush to “dot” in window areas using a white color (#FFFFFF). For this tutorial we used a 45px soft brush for the smaller windows, and 100px soft brush for the larger windows. Set your brush opacity to about 80%.

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Step 4 - Four

Once that has been completed, switch to your smudge tool.

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Step 5 - Five

Set your smudge tool size settings to suite the sizes used in step 2 in your Windows > Brushes menu. You need not select any of the other options. Set your smudge tool brush opacity to about 80%

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Step 6 - Six

Now begin to smudge your window “dots” at a downward angle to give it the lighting effect. Repeat this for all of the windows. You may have to do this several times until you get something that you like.

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Step 7 - Seven

Now set your layer that was used for the lighting to about 50% opacity or something that you like.

Create a new layer, and with a soft brush at about 80% opacity, brush the areas on the ground below the lighting, to reflect the lighting coming through the windows.

Once this is done, set that layer to about 60% opacity, or whatever you like.

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