Making 'Lightning' continued
Clive R. Haynes FRPS
view the lightning that is hidden amongst the 'clouds':|
Go to Image > Adjust > 'Levels.
Set Input Level to amount 245.
|And numerous 'bolts of lightning' appear|
the appearance of the 'lightning' can be enhanced if it has a slight blue tinge.|
Image > Adjust > Hue & Saturation.
Tick the 'Colorize' box, then
Set the Hue slider to around 225
|You may need to use the Lightning image again sometime, so save it.|
Look at the various 'lightning' shapes and find a likely piece of 'lightning' and with the rectangular marquee tool, make a rough selection around it. Don't worry if you include unwanted bits - these can be removed later.
|Edit > Copy|
Adding the Lightning
the scene to which the lightning is to be added.
Edit > Paste.
lightning appears on the scene, however, it's still surrounded by black.|
To eliminate the black area, change the 'Blend Mode' of the layer to 'Screen'. Do this by clicking on the drop-down arrow to the right of the word 'Normal' (situated below the Layer 'tab' - top LH of Layers Palette) and from the list that appears, choose 'Screen').
The 'lightning' now looks to be more the part.
Use the Edit > Transform menu to rotate and shape the 'lightning' to the correct position.
a 'Layer Mask' to remove unwanted sections of 'lightning and to create an effective
merge with the scene.
Add more lightning bolts for more elaborate effects.