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April '20

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36 a-e-mag.com • A&E APRIL 2020 Yes, there is another "one-button" lens flare effect located under the Effects menu that mimics a sunshine flare. But as stated before, I'm not excited about using it. There are too few controls. It also tends to look like a cheap trick applied to a photo rather than real sunshine. Let's do real sunshine. There are a couple things to consider first before applying this lighting technique. First, identify a photo that looks like it could benefit from some added sunshine. An outdoor shot with trees, foliage, and ample sky work well. Next, take a guess where the sun is coming from based on any highlights and shadows in the image. You want to add sunlight from a direction or position that does not fight the natural lighting that may already exist. With the image open, open the Object Manager (Ctrl+F7) and duplicate the Back- ground layer (Ctrl+D). Now add two new object layers by clicking on the button at the bottom of the Object Manager (Figure I). Select object layer one and click on the text to rename it to Soft Light. Now change the Merge mode to Soft Light. Notice a dra- matic change in the vibrancy and contrast? That is the beauty of using merge modes — the natural enhancement they bring. Select and rename object layer two to Warm Soft Light. Open the Edit Fill and change the color to a mustard yellow or similar color (Figure J). Use the Fill tool (F) from the tool bar on the left side of the workspace and left-click inside the object layer. The entire image should now be filled with yellow. By default, this object is in Normal mode; therefore, it completely covers the layer below it. Change the merge mode of this layer to Soft Light. This allows the object layer below to blend with the yellow layer above and cast the entire image with a Fig H Fig I Fig J

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