4.1 Light Trails
Using basic default brushes, you will now add particles of light to the foreground and background by adjusting the brush settings.
1.Introduction1 lesson, 01:36
2.Setting Up the Document and Background3 lessons, 16:08
3.Constructing the Island7 lessons, 1:00:20
4.Adding Light, Color, and Depth5 lessons, 44:25
5.Conclusion1 lesson, 00:28
4.1 Light Trails
Hey, this is Gavin from Tuts+, and in this lesson I'd like to continue adding the lighting effects to the mountain area and the perfume bottle. So we're gonna add some glowing particles to this central area. But before I do that, I'd just like to zoom in slightly and scroll down. Open the last panel, open the Scent group and let's create a new layer. Let's choose B for brush and I'm going to choose a yellowish type glow. I'm just gonna paint over like that at 20% opacity. That's it. Now let's go back to layers, that's our layer blend. I'm going to choose hard light just to bring out some of the color there. Okay, let's just zoom out and see how that looks. All right, so I'm going to go to filter and blur, Gaussian blur. And I'm just gonna add a blur to that just to see, just to fade out the light, there, so it's not too hard on the edges. That's good. So, if we turn it on and off, we can see this adds some more to that area of the image. Let's close that scent layer, let's open a new layer. Let's call this layer, particles 1. Let's close that down. Let's press B for brush and it would be F5 for the brush panel, let's just choose that right there in the middle of the screen. So we're in our brush panel, I'm gonna stick with the default brush. I've got it set to the air brush. I'm gonna choose shape banner mixed with scattering. Now, it would normally be like this by default. On the dynamic setting on the top side of your tile, if I move that right across, and when I move the scattering, you can see we get some really differentiation with the particles there. If we go back to brush to shaping and we space it out, you can see there we get some really nice separation there, and we'll be experimenting with this. So if I make sure that I've got white selected and let's play with the brush size. If I go to the Layers panel, On paint you'll see there, it's really, really big so we're not really seeing anything. Again see I'm painting again and it's very, very faint. But I'm gonna, Begin to add in some of the depth, so let's just leave it as it is. And then play with the size. I'm just making it smaller and bigger, just to add some of the faintness. So let's add some of that in there, and some of that in there. Left and right, left and right. Just bring it right down. Add some small particles. If you don't like what you've got just go back. Slightly bigger. Okay, so that's the color of our background, the layer that we've got there. Okay, so let's go back to the brush panel. B for brush. Let's play with this spacing again, let's make it a bit smaller, less space. And let's close that, let's add another layer. Let's call that particles 2. Now let's make sure that we're at, let's say 70%, and let's see how that looks. Okay, I need more space between the particles. Let's open the panel. Let's space it out slightly more. Okay, let's try it at 100%. Okay that's good. Just gonna add some more in there and there. Just play with the sides of the brush. Make it smaller around this area. So we're gonna bring it right down, and around the perfume bottle we're really gonna bring out the smaller particles there. Okay, let's bring up the brush size slightly. Left and right. Now let's bring it right up and let's add some more to the foreground. It's too big, that one is. Okay, again I'm just going back and forward on what I like, I'm just gonna take away, I think that's good, there. Let's go back, add a mask. And let's go back to the brush panel, let's take this away, and let's bring the spacing right down back to normal, which is about there. And I'm going to just get rid of anything I don't want, let's get rid of just that one on the right-hand side and same thing for this layer. Add a mask and let's just take away that one there. So that's good. So there we have our particles. Let's just open that slightly to group those together and let's call this particles. Let's open it again, and add another layer. Let's close that down, B for brush, let's make sure that it's white, or maybe yellow actually, maybe somewhere in between. Maybe right about here, let's experiment. And let's leave it as it is. Let's put one there and one there. And let's try and blend this in with a layer,but then let's try screen, which is good. And as you can see, the screen really brings out the lighting effects on either side. Let's just make the brush bigger, bring it down to 10%. And let's just add in some more there on either side. As you can see, it really brings out the glow around the perfume bottle, which is lovely. So I think we'll leave the particles as they are. In our next lesson, we'll be adding the foreground elements. So we will be adding effects to the grass and we're putting in our butterflies and our flowers. And just building the image up before we add the final adjustment layers of text to the composition.