Applying Mystical Lighting






Applying Mystical Lighting

Mystical Lighting is used to enhance the lighting in your Photoshop images. You can choose from softening effects, modifying color casts, and adding edge lighting to rainbows, fairy dust, and sunrays.

The program comes with many presets, so you can experiment with different looks to get as close as you can to the results you want. Then you can use various controls to adjust the settings and get the mystical lighting effect just right.

Here’s a quick demo of Mystical Lighting:

  1. In Photoshop, open an image you want to add lighting effects to.

    For this example, I’m using the photograph of Arches National Park shown in Figure.

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    Figure: I’m adding a ray of sunlight to this photograph.

  2. Choose Filter>Auto FX Software>Mystical.

    The Mystical Lighting program dialog box opens, as shown in Figure. (Depending upon the speed of your computer, the program may take a minute to load.)

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    Figure: The Mystical Lighting program window opens full screen.

    Take a minute to look around the program window. On the left are File, Edit, View, and Special Effects buttons. On the right is a floating Layer Options palette that lets you choose from layer presets, create new layers, and clone and delete layers.

  3. Click the Special Effects button to choose from the menu of effects, as shown in Figure.

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    Figure: Choose a lighting effect from the Special Effects menu.

    For this example, I’m using LightCaster to add a ray of sunlight to the photograph.

    Depending upon the special effect you select, a set of tools and settings appears at the left side of the program window, as shown in Figure.

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    Figure: The LightCaster tools and settings appear at the left side of the program window.

  4. For the LightCaster effect, drag the T-shaped path to set the width and direction of the light cast on the image, as shown in Figure.

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    Figure: Drag the T-shaped path to set the width and direction of the sunbeam.

  5. Using the sliders at the left side of the program window, set the Cast Color, Spread, and Fade Out of the sunbeam.

  6. Click OK to apply the lighting effect to the image and return to Photoshop.

    As shown in Figure, the LightCaster adds a lovely sunbeam to Delicate Arch.

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    Figure: The sunbeam adds a glow to Delicate Arch.



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