This is a fun tutorial, that shows you how to make a cool searchlight beam of light. Think the searchlight on batman and you are getting close to what we will create in this tutorial.
This tool doesn’t work with dragging. To work the Polygon Lasso, you click at the origin. As you move your cursor, a line will follow it (Kind of like gum on the sole of your shoe.). Click again to create a line.
Tip: To quit dragging gum press the esc key.
Keep clicking in the shape of a triangle (sort of). To complete the selection, hover your mouse over the origin (The first place you clicked). You will see little circle. This circle means that you will complete the selection if you click on the start point. Do it!
Now, we are ready to fill with color. Press the D key to reset the Foreground/Background colors.
Press the x key to swap the color. White is now the foreground color.
(You could just choose white as the foreground color and avoid all the shortcuts, but it’s good to learn them right?)
1. Click the gradient to open the options, select the foreground to transparent option as shown.
2. Make sure that you choose the linear gradient option.
Finally, make sure that the transparent option is turned on in the options bar at the top and reverse is off.
To change the shape, press Ctrl/Cmd+T for the free transform tool. Right click for additional options such as perspective. Change the shape to suit your needs by dragging any of the little squares (adjustment handles).
Try adding the effect to different backgrounds. In this picture I made some stars and added the spotlight. This shows the gradients off really well. You can drop the opacity if you want to lesson the effect.
Don’t forget, you don’t have to use this effect for vertical spotlights. Here is a futuristic cityscape I have been working on. Notice the effect in the sky.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. See you at the CAFE
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