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Discussion in 'GT6 Photo Mode Galleries' started by The R!CE Guy, Nov 30, 2013.
Amazing shots again, congrats on the picture of the week!
Always enjoy viewing your work, don't even think about picking a favorite, too hard to do as they are all standouts.
Glow Effect Tutorial (Photoshop/GIMP)
Hey guys! I created this tutorial because it was requested by a few people that were apart of my tips & tricks conversation, and I thought it'd be a good idea to share it with the rest of you guys just incase you wanted to try it out.
This is my method on how to create a glow effect around your lights. However this method can also be used to create your own light leaks / glow effects in your images.
The first thing we are going to do is open our image file.
[Note: The image used below has already been fully edited.]
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The next step is to create a new layer, then grab a small, soft, round brush with the settings below.
[Hardness = 0% | Opacity = 50% | Flow = 100%]
Then make sure the colour of your brush is an orange/red colour and begin to brush around the outline of the tail light, like so.
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This is what it should end up looking like.
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Once that's done, we're going to create another new layer. This time we're going to enlarge our brush, reduce it's opacity to about 35% and select a bright red colour. We then begin to layer up the paint until it looks like this, below.
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Now we're going to select both layers and change the layer blend mode to Screen.
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And there you have it! It's that simple!
You can increase the intensity of the glow by duplicating the glow layer. If you want to reduce the intensity, lower the opacity or use a layer mask/soft eraser to get it looking perfect.
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You can also use this brush/screen method to create your own light leaks/glow effects in your image. Play around with different colours or you can simply use white. Just be wary of the direction your main source of light is coming from.
[Note: Look at where the light hits the car and the shadow it casts on the ground.]
Anyways, hope this is useful. Cheers!
Nice tutorial Nux!!! tnx
Very nice tip, thank you!
Fantastic gallery, very dramatic editing. One shot that stood out to me in particular was this one. Love how the clouds turned out in that one.
Merry Christmas & a Happy Holiday Everyone!
Here's my gift to you; a little preview of my upcoming set. It probably won't be done for awhile, since I'm going to go fishing off the coast of Coromandel between Boxing day & New Years.
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Plymouth AAR Cuda Preview
No probs mate!
Thanks for visiting mate! Glad you like that shot.
That's a nice gift for christmas this tuto mate ! Thank you very much.
And merry christmas to you
Cheers mate! Hope you have a wonderful holiday!
Nice preview, looking forward to it!
Can't wait to see this beauty edited by your hands...
Nice and simple tutorial too
Next time I get a new batch of shots, I might give your tutorial a go.
And the preview looks great. Can't wait for the full set.
Some excellent work in your gallery here - your style is vibrant, dynamic and attention-grabbing. The soft, glowing sheen that sets your work off is a really nice touch, and is really dramatic looking. Super nice work - keep it up! Looking forwards to seeing more from you!
Good job sharing that tutorial. I'd observe your work and try to figure out how you'd do things like the light glow, must say I figured right
That Cuda Set looks promising, happy holidays Nux!
Good work on the tutorial! I'm expecting a few more to be posted...
Also, I can't wait to see the Cuda set!
Brilliant Cuda picture, hope you had a nice xmas, I seached some Coromandel pictures, seems to be a wonderful place, hope the weather is better than the crappy one we have here in Europe. Thanks again for you glowing lights tuto mate. happy hollidays Nux
Great pics and great tutorial! I have much to take from it! Thank you!
I'm finally back from my relaxing holiday up at Coromandel and I hope I didn't keep you waiting for too long...
So here it is my Cuda set! As you can tell by now, City of Arts & Science is currently my favourite place to shoot. If any of you have some recommendations for places to shoot as well as time of day, let me know below. I think it's about time to spice up my locations.
I've kept the car stock for this set and will do another photoshoot in the future with a new paint job and some custom rims. Anyways, I hope you enjoy!
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Bonus Shots | Shelly Beach | Coromandel | New Zealand
Here are a couple of shots my sister took of the place at where we stayed for the holidays.
Please excuse the low res quality of the images because they were taken with her phone.
I've only lightly edited these pics because they already looked beautiful as they were.
Thanks for viewing!
Cheers guys! Wait no longer because it's finally here!
Thank you very much Revolution!
Cheers for stopping by, and great to hear you will be returning here in the future.
And you sure have, I've noticed the increased use of lighting & textural effects in your recent works.
They are looking great! Happy holidays to you too mate!
Thank you Katie! I'll definitely be posting a few more tutorials soon.
Thank you bro! Hope you had a wonderful holiday too. The weather was great most of the time. It's just one of many places where you can just sit back and watch the beautiful scenery in New Zealand.
Feels great to take a break from the city life every now and again.
I like how thw purple and blue hues work together in this set. Very harmonious and the trademark lights and glows of your style suite the modern/futuristic backdrop. I really like shots 1,2 & 6 (nice composition and clean isolation.)
Also dig the first shot of that beach.
Excellent set! Nice lighting effects.
Beautiful, composition and lightning 1a as always
Only thing I do not like is the combination of the beautiful violet with the blue light
And yes, there are not enough photomode locations... I want the ones from 5 or even from 4 back!
As expected this set is killer. I like the fact that you kept the car stock, the lighting is as usual splendid and my faves are #2, 3 and the last one. Nice holiday pics too.
I've never been to the Coromandel, mainly because I never go anywhere, especially not as a holiday, and even if I did go on holiday for whatever reason, I wouldn't go half way up the country for it. Too much effort. Hope you enjoyed your time there.
Anyway, the set. Is that water/condensation in shot 3!? It looks amazing. And the last shot is so white, bright and clean I can honestly swear it was taken on Richard Hammond's teeth fresh after teeth whitening. Another great set.
The set of the Cuda's really nice and you've got a neat "Riceman Style" going on with the soft light-themed editing going on in some of your shots.
Amazing shots, as always! #3 has got to be my favourite.
Thanks George! I'm pleased to hear you think the colour hues worked well together. Cheers!
Thank you very much Nicolas! Glad I didn't disappoint. I thought the car already looked badass in it's stock form, can't wait to add a few mods to it and do another shoot.
Cheers mate! I had a wonderful time there, except for the fact that on the way there, I vomited outside the car window while it was moving! I hate being a passenger on windy roads!
And yes that is water condensation in the 3rd shot. I thought it would be a nice touch to add in. It's my first time trying it so I'm glad you liked it.
Also the last comment about Richard Hammonds teeth is hilarious! Nice to hear you like the set.
Thanks mate! You don't like the Violet/Blue combo? Well I guess you can't please everyone...
I have to say I would love this game even more if they brought back the old GT5 locations and updated the GT4 ones!
Cheers Jaden! Great to hear that my style is becoming it's own thing.
Thanks for the comments Katie and Mazda!
Sharpening Tutorial (Photoshop)
For this tutorial I'm going to show you how to get sharper looking images without overdoing it in Photoshop. I already know that there are are quite a few other GTP users who use this exact same method, but this tutorial is for the ones who haven't given it a go yet. I currently do not know if this method is available in GIMP, so let me know below.
Now I tend to use Lightroom to sharpen up my images however, this is the alternate method I prefer to use in Photoshop. This method requires the use of the High Pass Filter, which I find to have much better results than the Unsharpen Mask. The unsharpen mask seems to sharpen each individual pixel wich results in having unwanted banding issues which tend to break your image, whereas the high pass filter method only sharpens lines and edges. I recommend doing this step after some colour correction.
The first thing we're going to do is open our image file. Then we're going to make a copy of the original layer, by right clicking on the layer and selecting Duplicate Layer.
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The next step is to select your duplicated layer and go to Filter > Other > High Pass.
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A dialogue box will appear. This is where you can adjust how strong you want the effect to be. I usually have the radius at about 2.0 pixels.
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Hit OK and then you will be left with a grey image like this.
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The next step is to change the layer blend mode to Soft Light.
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And there you have it!
You will then notice that your image will look slightly crisper than the original image.
Here's a side by side comparison below.
If you think the result is not crisp enough, then duplicate your high pass filter layer. If you think the effect is too strong, then reduce the opacity of the layer.
Hope this helps.
The next tutorial will be about Photo Toning Gradient Maps.
Inspired by the Novitec Torado
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I noticed that Flickr's compression has left some subtle colour banding in the sky that originally wasn't there... I feel your pain @GPR !