Faux Lightning in Photoshop
Let me show you how to make lightning thiss resembles the look of my outlet that is in the hotel right now. This is not the actual this is when I was in iceland, my set up what happens is my wife always gets the left side of the bed and in the current hotel, the left side of the bed happens to have three outlets in two usb ports available my side of the bed has one outlet and that's it and I come with two hard drives they come with, you know my phone needs to be charged my camera battery needs to be all this kind of stuff, and so this can often look like my side of it. What was the museum is this morning, my wife's side of the bed didn't have a single thing plugged into any of the outlets and that's true, so I wanted to look here is if we have some shorts going on and let's see how we can go about doing that. So first, I'm going to put a layer in here above this and I'm going to make it so that layer contains white, so I'll just go over here and choose film, and it actually doesn't mat...
ter if it's black or white, but since I said white that's, what I'll put in there we're going to end up painting on this layer and wherever we paint it's going to turn our painting into something that resembles lightning or electrical shortage, but we needed create some stuff above that that's going to help us to create this effect. So after I create a layer that's full of white, I'm going to create another layer above it, and in that layer I'm going to make sure that my foreground and background colors over here are at their defaults, that they're not weird colors, and I'm going to apply a filter that is called clouds, then I'm going to change the blending mode of those clouds. That means the menu at the top of the layers palate and what I'm going to change it to is a choice called difference it's not gonna look like much changed when I just said it to difference, but now those clouds would interact with anything that's on the layer below. Right now, the layer below on ly contains white, so there's not much for to see as far as details concerned. So what I'm going to do is just introduce some black into that layer just so we can see if something happens to see if these clouds somehow interact with the content of what's underneath, and they seem to you see a black ish kind of ring. Within here it's just somewhat subtle. Well, what I want to do is emphasize that what I'll do is I'll click on that top most layer the one that contains are clouds and I'm going to add an adjustment layer above it the adjustment later I'm going to use his called curves and in curves the first thing that I want to dio is actually make this a negative of itself because that black ring that you see I want to end up being lightning and lightning isn't usually black it's usually bright right in order to get this to invert the colors too make bright things dark and dark things bright you take this curve that's here and you flip it upside down what that means is you take this don if it's at the top you put it at the bottom and the other dot which started at the bottom you put at the top that inverts your picture all that means is usually this line tells you how much ink would be used or how much light depending on how you're thinking would be used to reproduce your picture and so here what we usually use no light whatsoever we just turned it all the way up to use as much as we could and here where we would usually use as much light as we possibly could we said use none but that's what it does then I wantto make everything in this image turned black except for that little ring of lightning like stuff we see in one of these sliders down at the bottom, this little slider full of black should force areas to black the opposite one would usually force areas toe white, but since we have this thing upside down, we flipped it. We have to grab the opposite slide earth unusual, so I'm going to bring this in and bring this in and keep going until the majority of that background just goes away. And now we're starting to get something that semi resembles electricity, you know, going through the app. So this is a weird adjustment, I know, but all it did in general is it inverted the picture, many made a negative of itself, and then it forced the majority of the image to black, except for the absolute brightest part, it's not truly rocket science here, not just might not be completely used to curb, so your brain might not know exactly what it was doing when it was flipping upside down. So now we have our document prepped, and I could come in here and click now on the layer that formally contained white in wherever I paint around the edges of where I put the paint, we're going to get that kind of electricity look all it's doing this if you look in here is it's seen the transition from black to white and it's putting that line right around the transition? If I want another transition in here, I'd have to put some white in here so that I get a transition between those shades so here I'll switch over and paint with white and I'll just put a little bit here in the middle and see how it could do that, but I want to be able to see the image that's underneath and have this of being applied as if it looks like just this white stuff being put on top of my picture so let's see if I can figure out how to do that. The problem is the effect that we're creating is made out of three layers right now, and we need to do something to get photoshopped to treat those three layers as if they were one to get it to treat them as if they were one I'm going to select all three of those layers that are up there. All he did was hold the shift key and click on the top most layer tio add them then I'll go to the bottom my layers panel where I find an icon that looks like a folder that creates something known as a layer set but all often referred to as a folder that's what it looks like now in photo shops sisi when I click on the folder icon it automatically will put these images in the folder in older versions though I'd have to hold on shift otherwise that would give me an empty folder and I'd have to as a second step put the images inside of it so if you have an older version of photo shop hold shift when you click on this if you have photo shops sisi just click on it now anything that I do when this folder is active will affect all the layers that are inside and what I'm going to do is change the blending mode on it there's a bloody mode that acts like light and if you think about how much light would be used to make this out in this area you use no light whatsoever and therefore we set it to the mode that acts like light this will disappear and only where it would need to use light will it light in the image that mode is called screen mode so let's see what happens when I change it to that now we have it on our picture so now let's actually make it so that this electricity kind of look is actually where we'd want it to be I'll click on the layer that used to contain white that we've been paying on and I'm just going to clear it out by filling with white I just edit phil and now we can paint this in, we'll grab a soft edge brush. We're going to paint with black and know that wherever the edges of this black is that I put in, we're going to get that look. So I wanted to go down down this cord around this stuff around and back out that court. So here goes, I'm just painting where I wanted to go all the way around their year. Oil will weigh over there, come out that way. And in this middle part I'm just going to fill in to get rid of the other ridge that's there. Here we go if you look in the layers panel it's just drawing a line around this edge if I want another edge and here I'll paint with white, so let's, go over here and paint with white, and I'll add another one coming in this way. If it's going around that, uh, maybe one around here, that kind of stuff. But it would take some time for many experiment and maybe have a different image as far as be able to create something it's interesting but I've seen a lot of images we see lightning strikes added and things like that and this is a kind of technique that's used but most of the time the placement of them is more random it's not as controlled whereas here were able to control it by painting and all it's doing is drawing lines around the transitions that air here so you can see the transition from black to white wherever you have that is where it's appearing and with this image again you could just save this file and you don't have to remember how it was created all you have to do is drag this file onto another picture in replace the contents of this layer with where you want your lightning to be yes brush options are while you're doing that painting you mainly want a soft edge brush if I come in here and use a harder edge brush and put it in right now this is what it looks like with a hard edge brush I'll go with a semi soft brush this is a brush with twenty five percent and this is fifty you need a soft edge brush right now this is the softest brush aiken get that's really when it shows up so the main thing is a really soft brush how would you make that a lightning like a bolt instead of strength around straight straight line yeah, in fact, fill half of your document with white the other half with black right where the transition is is where you'll get the bolt and if you then you could also blur that layer the one that contains black and white to control how soft it is and that will affect the shape of it s oh, yeah, I wanted that. I have one of the files set up here. I'll just fill this with white here I'm gonna paint with black and if I want to bolt I'll just go like this and you see, I have to that's because it's putting the line on both sides of the black just extend the black all the way to the edge of the document so that you only have one and then you could come over here and blur that layer to control us off the edges and you see the blurrier we get it, the more randomized it becomes when you paint with just a normal brush feeling get it so soft but if you actually blur the end result, then you can control how well, two months how crazy it becomes like that that's super cool yeah, I want another bowl. Just switch just say you need another transition what color would you need to put right here to get the transition? You do white when you so I'm on another boat. I want to come over and we'll get a painting. Quite this one's got to go like that and then back out that end. Just get rid of the rest, but it's, nice to be able to control it instead of using a filter that seems to randomly put things down with that set up, the document wants just make it big so that it's, like the largest you'd need to use for any practical image so that the clouds filter fills enough space. And then it is long as you have something set up like this document. If this was in the folder, set the screen mode, you could just select the folder that was their drag it on top of another picture, and you have to remember how it was made. You just have to remember what to do on that layer that's usually full of white s o it's. Nice you, khun somewhat set it up ahead of time.