Creating a Spotlight in Photoshop®
What do you do with the spotlights? Or what do you do when you want to add a little bit more haze? So, what I'm gonna do here is a fun little Photoshop trick. I'm gonna create a spotlight. Now I'm gonna create it in the same way that I'm gonna play this out. I'm gonna follow what's already there and it's basically just gonna make it look stronger. So, this is gonna be done in a couple of steps. One, I create the color, then I change the blending mode, and then I use a gradient to affect fall off. So, what I'm gonna do here is use my polygonal lasso to make the line, let's just kinda guess about here maybe, probably something like that, that's a guess. So I'm gonna create a solid color fill layer, which turns this selection into my mask. And I'm just gonna sample, I don't know, maybe like this bright yellow, orange color, something like this. The color of the light, right? Change the blend mode to something like screen. And then we lower the opacity, and it's starting to look close. Doe...
sn't look like a light yet. Two things, one, the edge is too hard. So what do we do? We select a mask, and you go to mask properties, and so, it used to be when you double click on the mask, properties would come up, now it brings up select a mask, but properties is the same thing as like when you select an adjustment layer, same window, OK? So this is a mask property. You can also get there by going to window, properties, right? Increase the feather, soft edge, OK? Now what do I do? I need to put a gradient on it. I don't want to put a gradient on this, I can, but what if I just put a gradient on top of it? Well, unfortunately, you can't mask a mask unless you group something with itself because then you can put a mask on that group. And so one thing is grouped with itself so that you can layer a mask. And so my original layer had to have a mask or it was the white, but now all I have to do is grab my gradient tool or G and I can put it right on top, I can make it look however I want, strong, subtle, lower the opacity, feather it a little bit more, make it brighter, brighter, nope, less bright, feather, soft, like what do you want it to look like? You can make it look however you want. And the cool thing is is you can take this, you can duplicate it to the other side or you can just as easily do it again. Want to create another one? Solid color, same color, kinda something like that, change the blend mode, I'm gonna make it its own group. Change the blend mode to screen, lower the opacity, feather it, group it with itself, command G, and then add that gradient. Now what I would probably do here is kind of mask it a little bit off her, oops wrong one, just because that's what it would be doing, all right, just bring a little bit off, so my mask looks like that. And now what I've got is something that is a much more amped up version of the spotlight. And you can create lights in this same way. You tend to want to layer lights a little bit with like a middle, cause lights are multi, like there's more than just a solid color, so maybe what you do is you come in and you dodge, oops, you dodge the inside, right, maybe that's, that's what you do or maybe you come in and you paint paint soft light like a bright white color over the inside, right, something like that. Lower the opacity, and that helps you to create that highlight, you can blur this as well. But there are all different ways, like for you to create this affect. This is just one of them. And so this is again not where I'd finish it, but it's come a long way in a pretty short amount of time and I'm, like I said, I'm not making the spotlights, it's just helping them out a little bit.