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Chapter 11. 38 Special: Photographic Spe... > Creating Drama with a Soft Spotlight - Pg. 319

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Step Three: For this effect, we're going to use a very soft, narrow beam, so go under the Style pop-up menu at the top of the dialog (this is where the presets are) and choose Flashlight. Step Four: Once you choose Flashlight, look at the preview window and you'll see a small spotlight in the center of your image. Click on the center point (inside the circle) and drag the light into the position where you want it. If you want the circle of light a little bit larger, just click on one of the side points and drag outward. Step Five: When you click OK, the filter applies the effect, darkening the surrounding area and creating the soft spotlight effect you see here (the final photo is shown using the "Poster Presentation" tech- nique from Chapter 14). If the Lighting Effect filter seems too intense, you can remedy it immediately after the fact by going under the Edit menu and choosing Fade Lighting Effects. Drag the Opacity slider to the left to reduce the effect of the filter. The farther you drag, the less the intensity of the effect. You can think of this Fade command as "undo on a slider." Photographic Special Effects Chapter 11 319