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Create Hot Original Light Effects

Posted by bencurious on Wednesday, September 9th, 2009


Hey, my name is Ben Bradley and I am a graphic designer/ video artist from New Zealand! I have finally got my web into gear so head over to bencurious to check it out for updates and new work! Also you can find me on twitter @bencurious.

Alright! Well I saw a post a while back by abduzeedo called sparkling hot girl and really liked it, so inspired buy his piece I made this one.  A lot of light effects are being used lately so here is another cool way to make your images look wicked hot! In this tutorial I am going to focus on how to get the cool patterns rather than the extraction of the girl but I will touch on it. This is my first ever tutorial, so hope I explain myself. The PSD file for this tutorial can be found at the bottom of the post.

We are going to be making this/something similar:


Step: 1

Open photoshop and create a new document File>New. Create it any size you like, for this I made it 800×1000

Step: 2

Make sure your foreground and background colours are set to Black and White, you can hit X then D to do this. Create a new layer and name it “Origional” then Filter>Render>Clouds.


Step: 3

Still in your “original” layer go Filter>Pixelate>Mezzotint… A dialogue box will appear, I choose the setting medium strokes. But play around with the different setting to get new unique looks.


Step: 4

Still in your “original” layer go Filter>Blur>Radial Blur. In the dialogue box make the settings Amount:100, Blur Method: Zoom and set the quality to best.


Step: 5

These next steps are where you get to be creative and decide how crazy you want to go depending what setting you enter for the Twirl dialogue box.

Duplicate the layer called “original” twice and call them “twirl1” and “twirl2” using command/control + J. Now lock and turn the eye off on the original layer. ( I keep this layer just incase anything goes wrong, or if I want to add more later on.)

In your “twirl1” layer go Filter>Distort>Twirl… We are going to be doing this step a couple of times and depending on how you want it to look you will enter different settings. For my first “Twirl” I enter +77


Then in layer “twirl2” do the same Filter>Distort>Twirl… but change the twirl amount to (negative) 200. Now change the blending mode of Twirl2 to Lighten. Right, now its starting to take shape!


Step: 6

Now we are going to merge these two layers, to do this select both layers and then use command/control + E and name it “swoops” Using the Lasso tool create a selection of your image, try to draw around cool looking swoops and sweeps.


Now right click and select “refine edge” play around with the settings, mainly feather to get it looking similar to mine. Here are the settings I used, but these can differ. Once happy go Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection.


Step: 7

To give some life and colour to this image go Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation… Check the tick box colourize and play with the setting till you get something nice. My setting can be seen below.


Duplicate the layer “swoops” Now go Image>Adjustments>Curves… Pull the curve down like I have, and this will put some blacks back into the image to make the lines in the swoops look a lot nicer!

Change the blending mode of the copy to “luminosity”.


Step: 8

The girl. This part may take a bit longer for un-experienced photoshop users but stick at it and give it a shot. Open the girl image with File>Place. We are going to use the bezier pen tool to trace the outside of the girl, or whatever you decide is going in the image.


Once you have a full selection, right click and create selection. Now again we are going to use Select>Refine Edge to cut the girl out. You have used this already during this tutorial so again play with the settings till it looks good, a bit of feather will help a lot. Once happy go Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection.

Now change the blending mode to hard light, I do this as it brings some of the background swoops through as if they are coming out of her. Depending on the colours of your image you cut out you may need to trial different blending modes to get a good look.


Step: 9

To finish up we are going to add some glowing trails. Create a new layer name it glow trails. Select the paintbrush tool and then go Window>Brushes to bring up the brush settings. We need to add scattering and shape dynamics.

Now double click on the glow tails layer, this will bring up the Layer Style dialogue box. Ad glow and change the blending mode to “Colour Dodge“. Again its up to you how much glow you add and what colours you use. My settings are shown below. Now draw on your funky light trails!



All done! Now you can enhance your image further by adding other colours or adding other assest! Up to you! Remember this is just a guide and one way to do it! Experiment with each step to get a different look and make it your own!


PSD File

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17 Responses to “Create Hot Original Light Effects”

  1. Ben Rama Says:

    goog stuff ben
    wicked cool design -very populat these days

  2. Stefan Drakulich Says:

    This is not your tut, this is Abduzeedo’s. i have alerted them. Here is the original tutorial.

  3. Ben Says:

    Cheers Ben!

  4. Joe Says:

    Ben (the tutorial author), stated in his tutorial that his inspiration came from the abduzeedo post and you’ll notice that the techniques he’s using to create the light effects are different. Maybe he shouldve used a different girl perhaps…

  5. Abinandan27 Says:

    good job….thanks for sharing…♥

  6. Says:

    Sweet effect, and it looks really easy to achieve – thanks!

  7. nicepricewebsites Says:

    Thanks for putting this tut together – I’ve not considered using these techniques before. I’ll give it ago asap. Thanks again.

  8. TheWebTuts Says:

    Tutorial added to

  9. Biju Subhash Says:

    Great Tutorials
    Thank you for sharing 😀

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  12. shynu Says:

    Amazing work
    thak you 4 sharing.

  13. gutoffline Says:

    Amazing!!! Tks for this…

  14. Philomena Defibaugh Says:

    Hey, just found your site on bing. You have some great posts!

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    I was wondering where you got your layout? Its great Looking.

  16. Fragonzal Says:

    Hi Ben,

    just came across your site and tutorial is awesome as is the pic you created here. Thanks for a great article!


  17. How To Start A Conversation With A Girl Says:

    nice tutorial thanks bussy learning photoshop atm. Love the logo of the site aswell :)

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