Lightning in Photoshop Photoshop Tutorial

Here is a nice little tutorial to show you how to electrify your images with lightning in Photoshop.

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Lightning in Photoshop Photoshop Tutorial

Step 1

On a new layer, create a black to white gradient, diagonally from the top left, to the bottom right.

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Step 2

Filters>Render>Differance Clouds

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Step 3

Now invert the image. Cmd/Ctrl+I

You can start to see the lightning

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Step 4

Adjust levels to bring out the lightning, Cmd/Ctrl+L.

In the levels box: slide the black arrow to the right and the middle one to the right too, until it looks nice and clean

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Step 5

Now to add a bit of color:

Go to Hue/Saturation Cmd/Ctrl+U Click the colorize box and slide the Hue till you like the color.

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Step 6

Now to add it to your image:

Just place the lightning on a layer above your image and change the layer blending mode to “screen”. Here I duplicated the lightning layer 2x and rotated it a little.

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Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

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Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe