Painting Light in Photoshop


Thank you so much for the giving me a shout out in your article!! I love your step by step images! Great work!!

Aaron Blaise, November 19, 2014

Hello Paolo,
The process I refer to as ‘light painting’ is a multitude of adjustment layers stacked on top of each other. I have many different approaches to color correction that I use depending on the image. Yes, I do use the paint brush with a low opacity to paint on a mask in order to add or subtract the given effect. I primarily use Exposure and Levels for the actual ‘light painting’. I would like to use Curves but Photoshop does not yet support curves in 32 bit images. One trick I often use is when I am looking to add light to my scene I will overexpose the scene concentrating on a mid-range area and get that area to the point I like and then paint out the effect where I have blown out the image too much.

Thank you for your comment.

David Hamel, November 15, 2013

Hi David,
the Photoshop process looks very interesting. Could you expplain me better what do you mean by “light painting”?
Do you actually add a brightness/contrast layer and create a mask using brush with low hardness?
Many Thanks

Paolo Fang, November 15, 2013