Beyond Basic Photoshop: Using Lighting Effects

Written by Bill Hankins

Using Lighting Effects

  1. Image must be in RGB mode even if you have a black and white picture. Perform all the basic tonal adjustments.
  2. Duplicate the Background layer.
  3. Apply lighting effects to match your light source. Do this by going to Filter > Render > Lighting Effects.
  4. Play with the style and angle until you get the effect you want.
  5. Set background copy to Overlay and set opacity to 75 percent.



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Bill Hankins

Bill Hankins taught scholastic photojournalism for 26 years, advised student publications for 29 years, and instructed more than 1,600 photojournalists, mostly at Oak Park High School in Kansas City. Before retiring, Hankins received the Missouri Journalism Teacher of the Year Award, the Pioneer Award from the NSPA, the Certificate of Merit from the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 from the JEA.