PI5 Lighting Gallery Rainbow

The Lighting Gallery offers a number of fabulous ways to add dramatic fantasy appeal to images. This tutorial shows you how to add a rainbow, a spotlight and other special effects to jazz up your images.

add a rainbow!

First I'm going to add a rainbow Lighting effect to this photo of my daughter, Vicky, wearing my logo t-shirt and showing off the matching coffee mug. 

original image

I'd cropped a lot of the sides out of this image a long time ago. Because the rainbow will be applied to the entire base image, and we don't want the image to go across her forehead, we'll have to select Vicky from the base image first. I chose the Lasso selection tool, then made a selection by dragging all around her. 

make lasso selection

To refine the selection, choose Edit, Mask Mode or click on the Mask icon in the task bar. Select the Paintbrush and black paint. Paint out close to the outline of the object you're selecting. If you make a mistake, add back to the mask by painting with white paint. Use a size 20 brush with a very soft edge (50) around the hair and along straight edges, but change the brush to size 5 or smaller to get into difficult-to-reach areas (like around the ear).

paint out in mask mode

Choose Edit and deselect Mask Mode (or click the Mask icon again). Your selection should be fairly fine-tuned by now. 

fine tuned selection

Now right click and choose Invert. Notice that now the background is selected, instead of the child.

inverted selection

Open the EasyPalette's Light Gallery, Laser. Right click on Laser 7 and select Modify Properties and Apply. When the Lighting dialog box opens, in the Preview window on the left you'll see the rainbow effect applied to the base image, with a gray "cut out" representing the area where the child is. This rainbow looks pretty good, but let's make it stand out even more. Edit the Length to 85, and the Range to 30. Click OK to apply.

Notice that the selection area is still surrounded by a marquee. Right click on the image and choose Merge. Voila, instant rainbow!

rainbow added 

In the next example, I'm going to use a Spotlight to add some drama and clarity to this photo of my son, Geoffrey, and our Welsh Terrier, Pepper, playing near our lily pond. 

original photo

This is a nice photo but it lacks a central focus and it's got so many things in it, the child and the puppy don't really stand out. My goal is to make the child and puppy the central focus with the judicious application of light and shadow.

For this one, choose the EasyPalette's Lighting Gallery, Spotlight. Right click on Spotlight 2 and choose Modify Properties and Apply. You'll see that in the Elements section, Spotlight 1 is selected. Below it are listed Spotlight 2 and Spotlight 3, indicating that there are two other spotlights comprising this Lighting effect. Each of them can be edited to suit the needs of any particular image by clicking on them. You can add or subtract effects too, by clicking on the plus (+) and minus (-) signs.

Spotlight 1 selected

To edit Spotlight 1, in the Preview window, position your cursor in the upper left corner until it turns into a pair of crossed, double-headed arrows. When you see the cursor change to the double-headed arrows, that means you're on top of a draggable control point for Spotlight 1. Drag it slightly to the right -- you'll see a large crosshair indicating the Spotlight's current location in the image. By changing its location, you are casting more light on the child's head. 

drag Spotlight 1

In the Effects section, click on Spotlight 2 to select it. Position the cursor in the upper right corner until you get the crossed, double-headed arrows. Drag Spotlight 2 down and to the left slightly, so the beam of light focuses in a diagonal from the puppy's back to shoulder area (arrow). 

reposition Spotlight 2

Click in the Light color box and choose the moss green color at the bottom of the color box (arrow). This color adds some warmth and it isn't as stark and harsh as white light.

change light color

Edit the Ambient light value to 75, darkening the image slightly. Leave the Spotlight 3 settings at their defaults. Click OK. You'll see how changing the lighting slightly with the spotlights highlights the boy and the puppy as the central focus in this image.

spotlight effect added 

Nothing beats a lens flare for adding drama to an image. The last example is a photo of Geoffrey, just after he earned his black belt in USA karate. His reward for 3-1/2 years of hard work was this real samurai sword. 

original image

It's a pretty impressive sword even seen in our boring living room, but we'll add a lens flare from the Lighting Gallery to make it even more dramatic!

From the EasyPalette's Lighting Gallery, Lens Flare, right click on Lens Flare 1 and choose Modify Properties and Apply. When the dialog box opens, position the cursor in the upper left corner of the Preview window, until it turns into a crossed pair of double-headed arrows. Drag the lens flare effect until it's positioned near the tip of the sword. 

The default orange-yellow Light color doesn't do much for this photo. Click in the Light color box and select a blue-gray color, RGB=95, 145, 177. Change the light Size to 50, to make the effect somewhat smaller. Change the Ambient light value to 90, brightening the entire image. Click OK.

Now this looks an illustration from "The Sword in the Stone!"

lens flare added

Now that you know how to tweak the Lighting Gallery effects, you'll probably want to experiment with them. Try adding fireworks, lightning and other great special effects to add mystery and drama to your photos!

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