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Dual Lighting Effect in Photoshop

Create a Dual Lighting Effect in Photoshop

Dual lighting effects in Photoshop can add a captivating and dynamic look to your images. By simulating the interaction of multiple light sources, you can create a sense of depth, drama, and visual interest in your designs.

Using Photoshop’s powerful lighting tools and effects, you can manipulate the direction, intensity, color, and placement of light sources to achieve the desired dual lighting effect. This allows you to create unique and striking visuals that enhance the overall composition.

With the ability to control various lighting parameters, such as shadows, highlights, and reflections, you can mimic the interplay between different light sources. This technique can be particularly effective in enhancing the three-dimensional appearance of objects or subjects in your images.

By experimenting with different lighting setups, you can create contrasting or complementary lighting effects that emphasize specific areas, shapes, or textures. This helps to create a sense of dimensionality and visual impact.

Photoshop also offers a range of lighting presets, filters, and adjustment layers that can streamline the process of creating dual lighting effects. These pre-built options allow you to explore different styles and quickly apply lighting effects to your images.

Additionally, blending modes and layer opacity adjustments can be used to further refine and blend the lighting effects seamlessly into your composition. This helps to ensure a cohesive and natural-looking result.

Exploring tutorials, online resources, and the Photoshop community can provide inspiration and guidance on creating various dual lighting effects. These resources often showcase different techniques, workflows, and creative applications of lighting effects in Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop provides powerful tools for creating dual lighting effects. By manipulating lighting parameters, using presets and filters, and leveraging blending modes, you can achieve captivating and visually appealing results. The ability to control and customize lighting effects allows you to enhance the mood, depth, and overall impact of your images.

This article will teach you a quick and easy trick to create a Dual lighting Effect in Photoshop. With the help of this Photoshop tutorial, you can create your own amazing Double Light Photography Portrait.

Dual Lighting/Double Lighting is a popular effect in Photoshop for editing portraits. This effect adds a new look and atmosphere to a simple image. There are other ways also to create this effect in Photoshop. But, you will learn a very easy and quick trick in this Photoshop tutorial.

Dual Lighting Effect

While creating Dual Lighting Effect, we will only use two layers in Photoshop.

For creating the Dual Lighting Effect, the image must be selected wisely. There must be proper lighting on the subject of the image from both the direction. Otherwise, it won’t be possible to create this effect and give it a realistic touch.

Select an image for this tutorial, and then start editing it by following the below-mentioned easy to create steps:

Step 1

Launch Adobe Photoshop and open an image as a new document. The image which I have selected for this Photoshop tutorial has light coming on the subject from upward and downward.

Open the image

Step 2

After opening the image, click on Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer icon in the Layers Panel. Then select Gradient.

Select Create new fill or adjustment layer icon
Select Gradient

Gradient Fill dialogue box will appear on the document area. In that dialogue box, click on Gradient Swatch to edit the gradient color in Gradient Editor. In the Gradient Editor, edit the colors by selecting the left color stop.

Select the left color stop and double click on the Color to change the color with the help of the Color Picker.

Gradient Fill dialogue box
Gradient Editor
Select the color from Color Picker

Click OK in the Color Picker and Gradient Editor dialogue box. Then in the Gradient Fill dialogue box, set the Angle of Gradient as per the direction of light coming on the subject.

Tip: You can also set the location of Opacity stops in the Gradient Editor.

Set the Angle of Gradient

Click OK and set the Blending Mode of the Gradient Fill layer to Color.

Set the blending mode to Color
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Step 3

Press Ctrl + J to create a copy of the Gradient Fill layer.

Create Copy of the Gradient Fill Layer

Double-click on the copied Gradient Fill layer thumbnail to edit the gradient. On double-clicking the thumbnail, the Gradient Fill dialogue box will appear in the document area. Click on the Gradient Swatch and edit the color as done in the previous step.

Also, remember to change the Angle of Gradient in the Gradient Fill dialogue box.

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Set the angle of gradient
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Step 4

The Dual Light effect can be clearly seen in the image but you can also notice the color leaking in the background. We will adjust the color leaking in this step.

Select the Red color Gradient Fill Layer and click on Add New Effect (fx) icon in the Layers Panel. Then select the Blending Options from the list. A Layer Style dialogue box will appear. In that dialogue box, adjust the Underlying Layer slider from the left side, and you can notice the changes in the image.

Select the blending options
Adjust the color leaking

Step 5

You can skip this step, if not required in your image. But, as you can see, some extra red light is appearing on the front side of the subject. So to hide that light I will use the Layer Mask and Brush Tool.

Select the layer mask of the red color gradient fill layer and then select the Brush Tool from The Tool Panel. Select the Soft Brush as Brush Type. Also, select Black as the Foreground Color and move the cursor over the areas from where you want to hide the light effect.

Dual Light Effect

This is how you can create Dual Lighting Effect in Photoshop with just two layers. You can also add different Brush Effects to the image.

Dual Lighting Effect in Photoshop

You can also use different colors for creating this Dual Lighting Effect in Photoshop. Practice this Photoshop Tutorial and share your views in the comment section. Also, share this Dual Light Tutorial with others.


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