Using simple manipulation techniques can make significant enhancements to an image. In this Photoshop tutorial, we’ll explore how to add a series of lighting effects.

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We’ll start by preparing the background.

Background image

For this example, we want a more rounded area in the grass and ground area.

Select the pen tool and outline the area to keep.

Pen tool

Right click and choose “Make Selection.”

Right clicked to make selection

In the window, for Feather Radius, enter 20 and click OK.

Photoshop feather radius

Click the Selection tool, right click to open the drop-down menu and choose “Layer via Copy.

Selection tool layer via copy

On the right side of the screen, the new layer should appear above the background on the right side.

Make a duplicate layer of grass area

To round it off click on Selection tool and right click to choose Free Transform.

Right click to get free transform

Now the bottom half of the screen will be enclosed.

Bottom half of the screen is enclosed

Right click again and choose Warp.

Right click again and select Warp

You should see a grid of 9 boxes.

Grid of 9 boxes in photoshop

Go to the top line and the 2nd vertical line, and move the line up just a bit. Continue to the next vertical line to the right, lifting it until you see a slight curve, going to the right so all the horizontal lines are all curved slightly.

Curving horizontal lines in photoshop

Finally, click apply and the background image is ready for next edit.

Background image is ready for next edit

You will now merge the layers by clicking on the upper right corner of the layer.

Merge down the layer

Duplicate this layer to begin the light effects.

Duplicate the layer

Name it “background copy” and click OK.

Name background layer

see both layers

To resize the photo, click on Filter, then Render, then Lighting Effects.

Click on filter then render and then lighting effects

You should see one elliptical ring, tilting to the screen, with 4 points on the ring.

Lighting effect

Using the mouse, extend the circles to make them longer and wider, extending them to the upper right hand corner of the image.

Using the mouse move and extend the circle

Go to properties, and for this example, we’ll set Intensity at 27, Narrow at 45, Gloss at 32, Material at -22, Exposure at 36, and Ambience at 10.

Now go to properties and set all options

Go to hue saturation to set the lightness levels.

Select Hue Saturation

Set saturation to -30.

Set saturation to -30

Choose Photo Filter, and in the window you enter your color of choice. We’re using 00ff72(green). Then hit OK.

Select photo filter

Photo filter window

Selected green color from photo filter

To change the green hue of the picture, (making it darker or lighter), go to the Gradient map.

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Select gradient map

Enter the first color as 00a7ec (blue), click OK. The next color is ff9c00 (orange).

Select first color blue and second color orange

You should see a blue sky with bright orange.

Blue sky with bright orange

Now, change the blank mode to soft light by setting the opacity at 60%.

Select soft light

Now the background is ready for the next step.

background image is ready now

We’ll now add the image of a person to the picture.

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Use the Pen tool to draw outline around the person.

Draw path around the model

Right click to Make Selection, for Further Radius enter 3 pixels, and hit OK.

Make selection of model image

Give redius 3 in model image

Copy the selection by clicking Command+C, and then drag this image to the new project image.

Copy the model image and past on the background image

Using the Eraser tool, trace around the entire person’s outline, removing any elements, such as the blades grass in this photo, retouching the image so it blends in more naturally with your background.

Removing the extra bits of grass

To change the size of the person within the background image, use the Free Transform tool to create a box around the image. Reduce to the size you desire, and click OK.

Select free transform to reduce the model size

Use the Burn tool (located right underneath the Dodge tool) to deepen the hue and tone of the person’s clothing.

Reducing the model size

To create a realistic drop shadow, use the Brush tool to provide a level of shadow underneath the person’s image.

Gave shadow and the image is ready now

And you’re done! We invite you to check out our other Photoshop tutorials, including Turning a Photo into a Pencil Sketch, and Learning the Skin Retouching Technique.

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Rokaiya Yeasmin Munni

As manager and head of digital marketing at Clipping Path India, Rokaiya wants to help retailers and photographers use marketing strategies and tactics that will elevate their business. She has an 18-year background in graphic design, content management and digital marketing.

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