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Lighting a Background with Render Lighting Effects for a Book Cover - Photoshop CS3 Tutorial

Jacquelin Vanderwood


March, 2007

The point of this tutorial is to show you the better version of Render Lighting Effects to make a background. Tutorial Includes project files.

Let's open up Lighting Effects. Make sure you are on the Background layer. I've started with Spotlight and moved it into position. I chose 2 O'clock Spotlight and changed Properties color to light blue. Press OK.

Notice the enhanced quality of the lighting compared to previous versions of Photoshop. 

Re-entering Lighting Effects, I selected Soft Spotlight, made some adjustments to the sliders, moved and reshaped the Lighting in the Preview box and changed the color in Properties. Hit OK.

In this third go around I changed to Crossing. Then I moved the lighting mechanism in the left window and increased it's size until I was happy with the results, then changed the colors for Light Type and Properties. Press OK. 

In this step I used an Omni light with Flashlight selected and made changes to the size of the mechanism in the left side. I also chose to select a Texture Channel. 

In this final step I chose Spotlight and made adjustments, then moved and resized the light. Then I clicked and dragged the lightbulb at the bottom of the screen onto the lit area and made adjustments to each light. I did this several times. 

This makes for an interesting background to a book title. 



Download the original source files from this tutorial in Zip format Here

Copyright (c) 2007, Jacquelin Vanderwood, All Rights Reserved


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