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Change day to night in Camera Raw, lighting photos in Photoshop.


Turning Day to Night with Camera Raw

In this Photoshop tutorial, Colin Smith shows you how to take a photo of day time and turn it into a night scene including street lights and window lights.

This tutorial is easy and fun. Watch the video and then use the written steps for reference.

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I am showing you the steps here, because this is a hands on style of edit, you should really watch the video above first.

Begin with this photo that I grabbed from Adobe Stock.

1.

Choose Filter>Camera Raw Filter (If you are on CS6, right click in bridge and open in Camera Raw)

Click on the Radial filter from the toolbar

2.

Drag to create a circle with the Radial tool

3.

At the bottom of the adjustment panel, choose outside, so the adjustment works outside the oval.

Lower exposure to darken and move color temperature to the left to make the color cooler (blue) so it looks like nighttime.

 

4.

Choose the radial tool again (click new, from the top of the adjustment panel to add a new adjustment)

Under effect at the bottom of the panel Change to inside.

Turn up the exposure so you are making it lighter.

Also change temperature to more yellow.

Drag out to create a pool of light.

5.

With the same settings, drag out another pool of light.

6.

Keep adding ovals to look like pools of light that would be under street lights and windows.

7.

Using the same method, start to add some light up the walls on the buildings. Don’t be afraid to change the sliders to make the brightness and color look the way you want.

8.

Choose the adjustment brush.

9.

Make the settings to its bright and warm

Temperature +77

Exposure +3.55

10.

Paint in the window to light it up. This is fun!

11.

Keep lighting windows and lamps with the adjustment brush.

When you are happy click ok.

Step 12. Adding bokeh lights

This is a fun things to do to get realistic bokeh (When the out of focus light creates circle in the shape of the camera aperture).

Create a new layer on top and fill with black (D key resets colors. Ctrl/Cmd+Delete fills with foreground color).

13.

Choose a small white brush (B is brush tool).

Tap to add dots of light in the distance where the street lamps are.

14.

Here is one you probably don’t expect. Choose Filter>Blur>Lens Blur

Under Iris change the radius and also play with the specular highlights until they are looking the way you want.

Click ok and you now have super realistic bokeh.

There are some other thimgs on the video that show you additional thing, but these are the basics.

I hope you enjoy.

 

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Great to have you here at the CAFE and see you next week!

Colin

This is part 7 of a series I’m making on Lighting effects, where we do something different with the lighting on a photo in each one. This series will really make your photos come to life.

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Great to see you here at the CAFE

Colin

Check out part 1 here for the basics and using a color channel for texture.

Part 2 is lighting a portrait

See it here

Part 3 is embossing a logo

See it here

Part 4 is adding a beam of sunlight to a Landscape photo.

See it here

 

Part 5 is making a Sunset.

see it here

 

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Colin

 

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8 responses to “Change day to night in Camera Raw, lighting photos in Photoshop.”

  1. thanks Colin , I found this most interesting I never knew you could do this in raw and I shall be trying it out , over the week end great tutorial
    mike yates

  2. It’s amazing Colin how you can change the atmosphere of such an image. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

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