Manip Academy #9 : Adding realistic highlightsSo you're looking to have a dramatic light effect in your work and aren't sure how to go about it... In Photoshop there are always many ways to reach your goal, today we're going to focus on adding highlights by using the Color Dodge layer mode.
This is a fairly easy effect to produce realistic light hitting a surface. This method works best when you're working on mid/low range levels and with elements that don't have extreme contrast. It does very well when you have a shaded element and want strong highlights but might not work in other circumstances.
If you want to practice with this same tent, feel free to download this PSD (tree stock and original hilghlights layer included): Adding Highlights Turorial PSD
Background, layer and brush preparation
Adding highlights is something you usually want to do towards the end of the process. If you're going to add high contrast highlights
Manip Academy: Creating mood/atmosphere with lightLight is one of my most favourite things to play with when photomanipulating. It is a very useful thing that helps to bring mood to the image and sometimes can even play a role in giving more focus to your subject or whatever you want to highlight. I use it every time, however it's not always obvious, but it makes the difference.
Atmospheric light is particularly useful if you want to add detail without overloading your work with different objects. Because it allows you to create highlights and bring out the things you want to, while keeping the rest subtle. It also helps to blend everything in seamlessly and gives the image more depth.
I'm going to give out a few tips that help me in playing with this and getting some interesting results.
The trick in creating the mood and atmosphere with light is knowing the surroundings in your work and having an image of the light source. From there