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Old 09-01-2010, 09:59 AM
mort3 mort3 is offline
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how to add light to photo

Hi can somebody pls tell me if it is possible in photoshop add light like in this photo or it is natural? i saw it on lot of photos, not sure how it is done.

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Old 09-01-2010, 02:21 PM
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Re: how to add light to photo

Hi mort3.
To reproduce the exact same effect to an image you'll need three things imo :

Overexposure and lower contrast + Split Toning + some kind of digital fog

You can use the Exposure adjustment layer in PS for the first (curves or levels will do as well)
Split Toning is something I never do in PS, but you can play with color balance anyway.
Finally, for the "digital fog" I see down right, you can simply paint to a new layer with a large soft brush using an appropriate color and then use Gaussian blur to make it even softer. Then you can play with opacity according to your taste.

PS: if your version of PS has Camera Raw, try that for overexposure and split toning.

Hope I helped.


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Old 09-01-2010, 02:29 PM
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Re: how to add light to photo

If the image is properly prepared, you should be able to just add a blank layer above it, fill it with pure white in Normal Blend mode, then lower the opacity to taste. There are many other more complex ways but this is quick and effective.
Regards, Murray
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:15 PM
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Re: how to add light to photo

ok I found maybe better way via gradient map
but thank you anyway for your help!
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