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PRO Tutorial: Light Ribbon
PRO Texture: Bokeh 100 Pack
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This full length Photoshop tutorial is over 2:30 hours long, and you better believe we cover ever detail. Not only will you be learning great Photoshop techniques, but you will be helping to find the cure for breast cancer just by watching this PRO Tutorial.
With the included behind the scenes video we explain the lighting setup for the shoot, then we go into Photoshop to develop the final image. We start by bringing in each of the elements into the same document and sketching out the concept. We wanted to create a representation of the pink ribbon, and decided to do so using ribbons of light. Once the ribbons are sketched out, we cut out actual light streaks photographed for this shoot. The streaks are warped to match the sketch and then colorized. This is just the beginning, we also retouch each of the 3 subjects skin and add amazing lighting details to the overall image.
Included Behind the Scenes Video
Come behind the scenes to see how these images were photographed and learn lighting along the way. We go into detail explaining all of the lights used to make these images, and how we capture the light streaks straight out of the camera.
We cover the photo shoot with the lights on, then we turn the lights off and shoot with glowing gloves and socks. We discuss shooting tethered so you can see the images come up on the computer screen as you shoot. This help models know what they look like and how to improve, plus it gets everyone pumped for the shoot.
This photo shoot was done to bring awareness to breast cancer and help to find a cure. The pink ribbon has become the universal symbol for breast cancer in the United States, and we wanted to create a recognizable form of the ribbon. By creating the ribbon out of light we introduce a stylized element into the photo, and represent the ribbon in a new way.
This image had to succeed on a number of different levels. First it has to somehow say “breast cancer”, it also has to be a good image that stands alone without the association. We also worked hard to create something that would get people’s attention and be a great PRO Tutorial. We are very proud of the image and the tutorial.
Lighting the Subjects
One of the coolest things you will learn in this tutorial is how to make it look as though the light from the ribbons is lighting the subjects. Where the light changes color, so does the color cast on the people. You can see here that one side of Dan is warm to match the colors towards the top, while his back is very cool.
You will also learn how to create a great stylized light glow. You can almost feel the light gleaming off Dan’s shoulder.
Beneath all of the great lighting and coloring techniques in this tutorial, we also go into detail on skin retouching. This is one of the few PRO Tutorials that focuses on skin retouching over the entire body of a person. Not only that, but here we are retouching in a very stylized way, making the skin glow.
These techniques are perfect when you want to add a bit of depth and style to skin.
Create Color and Style
Every bit of this image has been colored to fit the ribbon, and we did a lot more than just turn it pink. The ribbon changes color as it gets farther from the center, giving each subject their own story. At the end of the ribbon we add style with light streaks and a bit of glowing plasma.
Learn how to use blending modes such as DIVIDE and COLOR DODGE to create a gamut of colors that will make any image glow.
To help add a bit of detail to the light sources, we include 3 splatter textures that will look like sparks or plasma when applied to a light area.
Straight Out of Camera
We include this photo that is straight out of the camera to show that capturing the streaks in one shot is possible. We would have loved to use each shot with the light streaks intact, but because we had to create a specific shape and connect 3 people, that wasn’t a possibility. What will you do with this technique?
It feels great to create a tutorial and image that will go on to help save lives. Thanks so much!