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I'm interested in making an icon with a light effect similar to this:
(Credit to detoxcocktails)

I've tried using light effect brushes, but the brush colors the opposite part of what I want. Like this:

I'm relatively new to Photoshop and am probably missing something really basic, but could anyone help me or point me to a tutorial that would show me how to do this?

Thank so much


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May. 30th, 2005 08:12 am (UTC)
I'm kind of confused. Are you using light effect brushes or textures when making your icon? Because brushes will give you a different result than textures.
May. 30th, 2005 08:20 am (UTC)
Ok.. Maybe this will help. Here's how to make that kind of effect.

You have your picture.
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Take a light texture and put it on top of your base.
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Set the light texture to screen or lighten (i prefer screen)
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There you go! Sorry, I know my choice of light texture was weird and my icon isnt sharp but you have the idea, right? :P
May. 30th, 2005 08:33 am (UTC)
detoxcocktails probably pretty-fied the base first (which I didnt do in my example coz Im horrible at using gradients). And I forgot to mention, detoxcocktails probably used a texture instead of a brush (though I could be wrong, since i've never used light brushes). You can probably get that kind of texture from a stock image of a busy street with all the lights blurred in a cool and funky way as you go by them.

I couldnt find a tutorial with that specific kind of light texture but if you like, i could make one myself. I have no life and nothing to do, after all. haha :P

oh, and i forgot to put credit to those pictures. The light texture is from www.gettyimages.com (great for stock images with lotsa lights) and the Dan pic is from DR.com
May. 30th, 2005 11:01 am (UTC)
That looks similar to some of the light brushes I made.
Most of them ARE like that... with the colors opposite of what they should be to add spots of light to the picture. But it's because I made them to be used as brushes and not really light textures. :-\ However, if you're using them as base layers set to dodge, overlay, or soft light, you can get a different look (similar to that of a light texture).

May. 30th, 2005 12:58 pm (UTC)
If you're trying to use an actual *brush* and not a texture, and are making the brush yourself, you could try taking the image and inverting it first before you make your brush. I'll use one of my quick lights for example:

This is the light texture.

When it is desaturated, it looks like this:

Making that into a brush, if I paint it on a white background, I get this (the blue represents where all the light would be):

Buuuuut that's not what I want, the color/light is on the wrong side. So I go back to my brush and invert (Ctrl + I) that image and making another brush.

Now going back, I reapply the brush and get this (once again the blue represents where all the light would be):

It gives a completely different effect. While I know my images aren't exactly the best for examples, you can definitely go try it yourself with your own images ^_^

That may or may not have been what you wanted to do, but at least now you can make two separate brushes for a light texture and use them differently. Hope that helped a little.
May. 30th, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC)
That's a pretty old icon I made, but I remember this about it:

I used about 6 gradients to get the color I wanted; that purple/white color. That has nothing to do with the stock photo. The stock photo is either mine or spaceyme's and it's set to screen or lighten.

I think you're setting the lighting texture you're trying to use on another mode that's not working correctly. Lighting textures look best on screen, lighten or hard light.

Hope that helped a bit :)
May. 30th, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC)
ah ok. Thank you everyone that helped alot!!
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