Chapter 3. Lighting Effects


The light in our pictures determines the mood and directs the viewer’s attention. And when it comes to retouching techniques, creating and adding lighting effects is one of my favorite things to do.

Without a doubt the best way to learn about light (how it looks and how it interacts with elements) is to just get out and observe. I have folders full of snapshots that I’ve taken purely for reference. Photographs of clouds, street lighting, shadows, reflections, and so on, and I’m continually adding to it. Why? Because when I’m adding lighting effects in Photoshop I have something that I can refer to rather than merely ...

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