Just for fun

Let me ask y’all something… I’m trying to figure out the ins and outs of the “render light effects” in Photoshop.  I used it for my last picture seen here to render candlelight and it worked out pretty well, and sometimes it’s just, well… not easy to tell how well it’s working out. So here’s a screenshot from my Fallout 4 game:

nuclear sunset original

Pretty dark, right? It looked awesome in game, but in 2D, not so much. So I figured I’d see what I could do with it in Photoshop and part of that is rendering some light sources — a green light (using the spotlight) from the pip boy on her arm, a smaller glow from the cigarette in her hand (way smaller using the point light and a very low intensity), and an overall glow from the sunset behind her (using the infinite light at a low intensity). Add some contrast and a bit of sharpening, and this is what I came up with:

nuclear sunset

What do you think? It’s not perfect, I know, but I’m still learning a lot of this stuff. 🙂

13 thoughts on “Just for fun

  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    Some of this stuff is just trial and error. Unless you take a course in it — they often have them as evening courses at high schools etc. — you just mess around with them until they look (more or less) the way you want. It is, after all, art.


  2. Melanie B Cee

    Well personally? I think it looks AMAZING! So much better than the original mod. Light sourcing is indeed a trial and error…mess around with it, learn some thing that work for you in your style and use them regularly to keep your skill fresh. What Marilyn said. Art is subjective after all…and not everyone cares for the same things.



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