;Hiya once again!Here you learn how to create a plasma effect in Photoshop!1.Create a new document with a size of your choice(mine was 600*600) and fill it black.
;Understanding the Photoshop Technique The Ray of Light Photoshop technique identifies the light source and blurs it to create a ray of light. Once the ray of light has been created, it is blended into the photo.
;Create new 500x500px transparent documentFilter->Render->CloudsFilter->Blur->Motion Blur, use these settings:Angle: 0Distance: 999Filter->Stylize->Find EdgesDuplicate layer.Edit->Transform->Rotate 90cw.Set blending mode to darken.Merge layers.Filter->Stylize->Glowing edges with these settings:Edge Width: 1Edge Brightness: 20Smoothness: 3 Image->Adjustement->Brightness/ContrastBrightness: 0Contrast: +40Image->Adjustement->Hue/Saturation:Colorize-checkedHue: 180Saturation 100Lightness: 0Zoom out layer (ctrl-) and Edit->Transform->Perspective.(If your background layer is locked, double click it on the layers palete to unlock it)Duplicate layer.Filter->Blur->Gausian Blur (Radius 4.4)Set layer blending mode to screen.Merge layersCreate new 500x500px transparent document and repeat all this.Paste into a previous document.Switch to bottom layer and doFilter->Render->Lighting effectsSwitch to top layer, chage opacity to 50% and set blending mode to lighten.And here`s final result:
|Light areas are identified||Light source is blurred||Ray of light blended into photo|
Start by opening an image of a model.
2.Spread Rendering-Filter/dazzling marks randomly all over the document.
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Step One Before we begin, duplicate the current layer (Ctrl/Cmd+J) so that we have a backup layer with the original image. The first step is to separate the light source from the photo. This can easily be done by using the Levels tool (Image> Adjustments> Levels or Ctrl/Cmd+l). Using the Levels tool, drag the gray input slider right so that it is overlapping the white input slider and click OK.
Duplicate the layer and press Ctrl+Shift+U to desaturate.
3.Duplicate the layer and use the Artistic Filters/Chrome Filter.
Dragging the gray input slider to the very right will make only the light areas in the photo visible.
Step Two Now that we have our light source separated, we can blur it to create a ray of light. The Radial Blur filter will give us the right type of blur. Open the Radial Blur tool (Filter> Blur> Radial Blur). Set the Amount to 100, the Blur Method to Zoom and the Quality to Best.
Change the color mode to screen.
4.Set the layer mode of the chrome layer to screen and press Cmd(Mac OS)/Ctrl(Windows)-E to merge the layers.
The Radial Blur filter
In the Blur Center area, click and drag the center point to where you want the blur to start. The lines from the Blur Center area will give an idea about how the light will be distorted. Here are a few examples of different settings:
5.Duplicate the layer and use the Vortex Filter.
|Top Left||Top Middle||Top Right|
Duplicate the layer.
For longer streaks, apply the filter again (Ctrl/Cmd+f) until the desired effect is achieved.
6.Set the layer mode to lighten.
Step Three Now we can blend the ray of light into the image. Because we want the dark areas transparent, we'll change the blending mode of the current layer to Screen.
Press Ctrl+U to open hue/saturation window. Apply settings as shown.
The Screen blending mode lightens areas in the layers below according to the brightness of the current layer.
7.Duplicate the basic layer and use Polarcoordinates on it.
Step Four You'll notice that the ray of light is very weak and not really visible. To increase the visiblity of the ray of light, we can apply an Auto Levels to increase the contrast of the light.
|Ray of Light Layer Before||Ray of Light Layer After|
8.Set the layer mode to lighten.
Step Five Duplicate the current layer (Layer> Duplicate Layer or Ctrl/Cmd+J) several times to increase the effect and merge the layers. For Photoshop CS2 users, select all the layers (Ctrl/Cmd+click) except for the background layer and press Ctrl/Cmd+e to merge. Users using Photshop CS or lower may merge the layers by selecting the top layer and pressing Ctrl/Cmd+e several times until only two layers are left.
Duplicating the layers will increase the effect.
10.Press Cmd(Mac OS)/Ctrl(Windows)-U to color the picture. Tick the box named Colorize and pick a color of your choice.
Step Six If the ray of light appears grainy, use the Dust and Scratches filter (Filter> Noise> Dust and Scratches) with a small radius such as 1 or 2 pixels to remove the grain.
|Ray of Light Layer Before||Ray of Light Layer After|
11.Duplicate the layer and press again Cmd(Mac OS)/Ctrl(Windows)-U to colorize the layer as described in step 10. Use a slightly darker color than before and set the layer mode to screen.
Step SevenTo adjust the color of the light, adjust the saturation of the top layer with the Hue/Saturation tool (Image> Adjustments> Hue/Saturation or Ctrl/Cmd+U).
|Saturation at -100||Original||Saturation at +75|
That's it! You're done!
Step Eight Add a lens flare using the Lens Flare filter (Filter> Render> Lens Flare). Position the Flare Center to the center of the ray of light.
Althought subtle, the lens flare will add realism to the ray of light.
Final ResultsFinal Results