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Feb 12, 2013

Bring Light Sources to Life

Enhancing a Light Source With Color

A great way to make a light source appear as if it’s lighting its surroundings is to create a color cast. Hue and saturation do a great job of pumping up the vibrance of the glowing orb, and by giving the rest of the image a greenish tint using curves the light looks much more bright and powerful. You can even add warmth to the shadows of your photo to create more of a contrast.

Bring The Light to Life

While lens flares don’t really fit into a majority of images, they work great for sci-fi images such as this one. By using parts of the original image and manipulating them to create a lens flare, you’ll end up with something much more organic looking. By using another curves adjustment layer, we add a deep greenish tint to the orb. This is a small detail, but it helps to give the light more depth and interest.

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