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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 87 of 118

Light Painting Composite


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 87 of 118

Light Painting Composite


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Light Painting Composite

now there's a lot of other things that I do with this. Ah, these techniques. Let's take a look at one which would be light painting at night time, usually about 30 minutes after the sun goes down. It's dark enough to do light painting. And if you have a blue sky instead of overcast, I would start taking a photograph, maybe 30 minutes after sunset, and try to just get the sky. That's what I did heroes in Grand Teton. And then I'm gonna leave my camera on a tripod so doesn't move. From what I took this shot, and I'm going to start doing slower are shorter shutter speeds. This one here might have been a minute and 1/2 or something to get that sky to show up. But then I'm gonna start doing maybe 30 seconds to two minute exposures and I'm gonna grab a flashlight and I'm gonna walk into the scene that's here and start lighting objects with my flashlight. I can paint and imagine. It's like a fire hose, and you just need to dampen down a building. Well, you start in the left side, get it wet, ...

and then work your way across except for you during it with light. So here's one of my shots. There's a barn there and I started painting the left side I'm standing. Maybe I don't know about doesn't feed away from this building in I'm painting the light I'm just off to the side and I paint the light across the building during a long exposure. Then I closed my shutter I open it again and I go light another portion in this case the rooftop and I close the shutter. Open it again and shoot another spot and do that again here. I'm right at the camera, I believe, and I'm putting the flashlight near the ground and relating it across the ground. Get the front again edge, maybe get a tree. I walked way over there to get that. I have a little remote that I can hold in my hand so I don't actually have to walk to the camera each time. Well, I'm gonna select all those images with command. A. I'm gonna go to the tools menu in load files into Photoshopped layers. It says it's busy, but I know it's not. Take it just a moment to create a document that contains all those images. I no longer need the timeline. So I'm gonna go to the side menu of the timeline panel and choose clothes, and now I'm gonna combine these layers together. Now, in a separate lesson for the complete guide, we talked about blending modes. I'm gonna use one here. I'm going to select all of these layers and I'm gonna go to the top of my layers panel there. There's a pop up menu and I'm going to change it to a choice called lighten. When I do, all of those layers will combine together, and it's going to make it so the top layer can Onley Brighton what's under it. And if you look at the top layer, most of its solid black and solid black isn't capable of brightening, so that part won't show up. And then the one below it. This is only going to be able to lighten what's underneath it. So these solid black areas wouldn't show up on Lee where there's enough light to be brighter than what's down here. Will it show up? So we get this. There is an alternative mode. If I select all these and it's called Screen Screen is gonna add together the light that was in each one of those layers. It will always produce a brighter result and sometimes could be nice if their end result was looking a little dark. But I'm going to use light mode. But now that doesn't mean you're stuck with this end result. Since we have these on separate layers, I can turn a layer off and back on again, decide if I like it what it contributes to the image. And then I can go to the next layer down and do the same thing in as I find different layers. This one here I wish was warmer. I wish that locum or yellowish, like the front of the barn, well, I can go down here. If I do an adjustment layer, I'd have to clip it to that layers. It only affected it, but if I come here to image adjustments, this would apply to the layer directly. Then, when we talked about adjusting color, I mentioned that each one of these colors has an opposite in the opposite of blue is yellow. So if I bring down blue should get more yellow. There is. But once I do, it looks too green. So I can choose green from here in less than that as well. The opposite of green is magenta. There we go. Good. Okay. And then I can go to the next layer and decide. Do I like it to me? That's too bright. So I click on that layer and I lower the opacity to control How strong is it? And I could do a similar adjustment to make that more yellow if it wanted to go to the next layer down to it off and on to decide. That's too strong. I'm gonna lower its opacity to lessen it. And I wish it wasn't so bright near the edge of the frame out there you could add a layer mask, grab my brush, and with a huge, soft edged brush, I don't want to completely remove it. So I'm gonna lower my a pass ity. I might bring line passing two down to about 20 and I'm just gonna paint down here to try to lessen that. But that's a layer mask with my capacity turned down, and I just continue working the image each one in turn on and off and say, Do I like what that's doing now? It's too much in most of the areas, but I do like what it's doing to the window that's in there. Well, so just at a mask. And if you don't like what it does in most areas, you can invert the mask, which turns it black. It makes it so it's not showing up anywhere. Then I come in here and paint with white to control where it shows up and say, I like that right here where the window is and do the same for the next layer. I don't like their get some spill onto the building itself. So Adam ask. We'll paint with black, get this extra spill off the building here. Maybe I don't like there's a little fence over there. It looks like a car might have driven by. So I add a layer mask, paint with black and say, I don't want that fence. I'd be a little more careful than I'm being, but you get the idea. I see a red line in there. That means a car went by. That's its tail lights, and I'm gonna turn off these layers one at a time to see When does it go away? There it is. So that's the layer. I add a layer mask, too. Paint with black. Get rid of it. So you get the idea that light painting by taking multiple exposures in combining them in photo shop is much more versatile than trying to do it in a single exposure. Then the only other thing I would do here is I'm gonna create a brand new empty layer and there's one little spot right here. A little red light that was on during all the exposures. I'll use a spot healing brush to get rid of it in this little spot above. So there is my light painting. So in Photoshop, you can do a lot more. If you think about photo shop at the time you're behind your camera, and the more you can start making a connection between shooting and Photoshopped, the more you're gonna start developing techniques like these to get more out of your images. And I do all sorts of techniques like these, and I find the more I do, the more I really enjoy the shooting and compositing process. So I hope you've enjoying ah Photoshopped, The Complete Guide

Class Description

All individual classes that make up this bootcamp are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


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  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Photoshop.
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Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail


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