Dual Lighting Effect in Photoshop

For this Tutorial, you will need the image of the subject you want to apply the effect to. You will also need some “Fog” and/or “Smoke” Brushes that can be downloaded from the web.

1 - In Photoshop, open the image you chose to use.

2 - Duplicate” the layer (Command/Control + J).

3 - In the duplicate, use the “Quick Selection Tool” (W) or the “Magic Wand Tool” (W) to select the “Subject”. You can also use the “Polygonal Lasso Tool” (or any other selection tool you want) choosing the “Add to Selection” and/or “Subtract from Selection” options in the Top Menu to refine the selection.

4 - Once you are done, click the “Select and Mask” button on the Top Menu. Fix the values in the “Properties” Tab and choose “Layer Mask” as the “Output” option. Click “OK”.

5 - Select the “Background” Layer and create a “New Fill or Adjustment Layer” by clicking on the small black and white circle at the bottom of the “Layers Panel”. Choose “Solid Color” and use Black (#000000) as “Fill” color.

6 - In the Top Layer, select the “Layer Mask” thumbnail, use the “Brush Tool” (B) with a Soft brush (about 50 px and 0% “Hardness”) with Black as the “Foreground” color and clean up the edges of the subject .

7 - Head to the “Brushes” Tab in the “Brush Settings Panel”, click on the 4 lines in the top-right corner and choose “Import Brushes”. Then, navigate to the location where you saved the “Smoke Brushes” and open them. Now, you can select them in the “Brush Settings Tab”

8 - Whit the “Color Fill” Layer selected, create a New Layer” by clicking on the small button at the bottom of the “Layers Panel” so it is placed on top.

9 - Select the “Brush Tool” (B) and use one of the newly imported brushes with a 10% “Flow” and White as “Foreground” color to paint some “Fog” behind the subject. You can use as many brushes in different sizes as you want. Then, lower the “Opacity” of the layer a bit (we used 55%).

10 - Now, select the Top Layer and create another “Fill or Adjustment Layer” but choose “Gradient” this time and use Cyan (#00ffff) to Transparent “Linear Gradient” with a 0° angle as “Fill”. Place the transparency “Location” of the first color at 20% and of the second at 55%.

11 - Change the “Blending Mode” of the layer to “Color” and lower the “Opacity” to 60%.

12 - Duplicate the “Gradient Fill” layer (Command/Control + J). Make sure the duplicate sits on top and change its “Blending Mode” to “Overlay” and lower the “Opacity” to 35%.

13 - Now, duplicate the first “Gradient Fill” layer (the one with the “Color” blending mode). Drag the duplicate so it is placed on top and double-click on its Thumbnail to open the settings. Change the first color (“Cyan”) to “Magenta (#ff00ff) and the Angle to 180°.

14 - Duplicate this layer, make sure the duplicate sits on top and change its “Blending Mode” to “Darken” and leave the “Opacity” at 35%.

15 - Create a “New Layer” on top of the one with the masked subject. Right-Click on top of its Thumbnail and choose “Create Clipping Mask”.

16 - Change the “Foreground” and “Background” colors to “Cyan” (#00ffff) and “Magenta” (#ff00ff). Select the “Brush Tool” (B) with a Soft brush (about 100 to 300 px and 0% “Hardness”) with 85% “Opacity” and paint at the edges of the subject to create a brighter edge.

17 - Click “X” to swap between the “Foreground” and “Background” to color the other side of the subject. Change the “Blending Mode” to “Screen” and lower the “Opacity” to 60%.

18 - Double-click on the “Foreground” and “Background” colors to change them to a lighter shade (we used #fd89fd for the magenta and #95fefe for the cyan).

19 - Create a “New Layer” this time, under the one with the masked subject. Select the “Brush Tool” (B) change the size to about 250 px and leave the 0% “Hardness” with 88% “Opacity”. Paint at the edges of the subject again to increase the glow effect. Change its “Blending Mode” to “Overlay” and lower the “Opacity” to 40%.

20 - With the top layer selected, head to the “Adjustments Panel” and create a “New Vibrance Adjustment Layer”. Set the “Vibrance” value to +100 and the “Saturation” to 10.

21 - Now, create a “New Curves Adjustment Layer” on top of everything and select the “Increase Contrast (RGB)” Preset.

22 - Check it out!

by @lornacane

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