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Chapter 7. Filters and Effects > Creating Lights and Shadows

Creating Lights and Shadows

Lights and shadows add drama to almost any photograph. There’s still no better way to implement lighting effects than by planning for your lighting before you take your picture. There are many times when you just can’t control these factors though, and Photoshop Elements includes some nifty filters to help you enhance the lighting after the fact.

The Lighting Effects filter lets you create a seemingly infinite number of effects through the combination of light styles, properties, and even a texture channel. It’s almost like having your own little lighting studio right on your desktop. The Lens Flare filter simulates the refraction of light shining inside a camera lens. This filter works really well if you’ve created an image with Photoshop Elements’ painting and drawing tools and want to make it look like it was shot with a camera. You’ll see this technique used quite a bit in computer-animated movies, to give them a more realistic look. Keep in mind, however, that your image must be in RGB mode to use these lighting filters.


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