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Windows Vista Aurora Effect Photoshop Tutorial

If you’re a Windows Vista user, you’re probably familiar the eye catching graphics shown off on the box, and in some of their wallpapers/screensavers. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create that effect yourself.

This Vista Lighting Effect, sometimes referred to as the Aurora Effect, can really transform an ordinary wallpaper to something extraordinary. What makes it even better is that it’s very easy to achieve. Just follow these simple steps!

Step 1

Before we can actually get started on the lighting effects, we need to create a background for the effect. We can’t simply use any background we choose, but rather create an appropriate canvas to begin with. Find a photograph to use as the basic palette for your background. It can be any image really… just make sure it has a lot of lights and darks in it. Alternatively, you can Download the Attached Photo Sample and work with the same photograph I’ll be using. Original Photograph

Step 2

From here, we need to apply a very strong Gaussian Blur to our Photograph. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and bring the slider to something high. You really want to get rid of all the detail in the photo, and have all the colors mesh together. I applied a Gaussian Blur of 75.

Apply a Gaussian Blur

Step 3

Now we are going to drastically change our background by adding a Color Balance Adjustment Layer. To create this layer, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance. A “New Layer” box may pop up, just click Ok through that. Next you’ll see 3 different sliders, as well as 3 separate ranges to choose from (Shadows, Midtones, and Highlights). At this point, it’s really just about experimenting with the sliders in each range until you find a suitable result. If you’re using the photograph I supplied, these were the values I used: Shadows: -37, -40, 7 Midtones: 15, 62, 0 Highlights: -34, 0, 69

Background with Color Balance Applied

Step 4

That’s it for the background. We’re done with it. You may choose to edit your Color Balance layer later on (just double click the icon next to it), but otherwise, we can move onto the effect. To begin, select the Elliptical Marquee Tool from your toolbar. Make a large selection, spanning all the way across your canvas. You may need to move your selection while making it in order to make such a large selection. If you need to do this, hold the spacbar while dragging your mouse (Don’t let go of the left mouse button). You should end up with a slightly curved selection that covers at least half the canvas.

Making a Selection

Step 5

Create a new Layer (Above the Adjustment Layer, mind you), and grab your Brush tool from the toolbar. Choose the default brush, and then modify the size to something large, such as 200-300, and set the hardness to 0. Choose White as your foreground color. This part may take some trial and error, but essentially, you are going to brush just the very inside of the selection you just made. Try to brush evenly across the whole selection.

Brush in the selection

Step 6

Easy enough, huh? Set the blending mode of this layer to Overlay. Deselect everything (Ctrl + D or Select > Deselect). Now, transform this layer so that is is positioned near-vertically along the right side of the canvas. To transform, go to Edit > Free Transform, or Ctrl + T.

Transform your stream of light

Step 7

Repeat steps 5 and 6 once or twice, and use smaller brush sizes (and possibly a larger brush size). Be sure to put each new band of light onto a new layer!

Repeat the lighting steps

Step 8

Now that we have 2 or 3 different bands of light, we won’t need to make anymore of them. Instead, you can Duplicate the layers you’ve made, and Freely transform them to become new shapes. Remember, Ctrl + T to transform. You can get some interesting effects by holding the Alt, Ctrl, and Shift Keys while dragging the transformation nodes.

After 10 or So Layers of this

Step 9

That’s really all there is too it! For add effect, you can add some extra color into it using Color Balance Layers. In order to do this, Select several of your light layers (Ctrl + Shift + Click a Layer in the Layers Panel), and then add a new Color Balance Adjustment layer (Like we did in step 3). The Color Balance Adjustment layer will automatically create a layer mask so that it only gets applied over the selection you made. Just be sure that these new adjustment layers are on top of the lighting layers.

Here’s one Final Result

Another Final Result.  The Background has been darkened and desaturated.

And here is the PSD if you wish to take a looksie.

If you enjoyed this effect, you’ll love our other Photoshop Tutorials on Tutorial9!


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    roxstar (5 Points) April 15, 2011 at 11:34 am

    cant do step 9..please email me the steps at
    help will be greatly appreciated..

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    i dont know how to change colour of light layers..when i select the layer and go to layer>new adjustment layer>colour and makes a new colour balance and changes colour of the whole pic..
    please explain step wise after selecting the layer..please

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    Simply awesome and so well explained thank you so much

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    Really nice tutorial thanks. Just want to add (where I did mistake) is in step 5 just keep upper 1/8 part of brush circle over the marquee selection to get nice effect

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    Love it! Thanks! :) Inspiring…

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    isn’t there an easier method than stroking the inside of the selection? before i started reading i figured you would do something with paths and gradients or something. great tutorial though!

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    It was very usefull.. thanks a lot :-)

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    COuld you PLEAsE make a tutorial for the GIMP?
    THANX in advance :)

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    Trailere HD (2 Points) January 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Very nice and easy tut! ;)

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    Senduran pararbud (1 Point) January 25, 2011 at 4:42 am

    yay helped me loads

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    Mel Gardner (-1 Points) January 8, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Thanks so much for the great tutorial, it was really easy to follow and has great results. I know I will be using this new found skills a lot in the future.

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    Paviano (-2 Points) January 6, 2011 at 11:14 am

    HELP ME!!!
    I can not do Step 9.
    Could someone explain this step for me?
    Email adress:

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    Thanks dude :D this really helped with the program i am developing. gives it a professional look.

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    Kunjal (-1 Points) December 29, 2010 at 5:53 am

    Its just wonderful… simple but looking so attractive to make… and use

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    its perfect but simple, ilike it so much.. thanks for share..

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    I never thought is that simple! :P

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    Irfan Ahmed (0 Points) December 24, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Nice tutorial! Thank you…..

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    หนังใหม่ (0 Points) November 27, 2010 at 12:30 am

    thank so much

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    Really really handy little tutorial, only thing i cant figure out is how to change the lines colours as in the final picture, its probably a schoolboy error or something rediculousely simple that ive taken for granted and forgot about, so if possible can anyone shed any ”light” on the subject, pun intended, cheers :)

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    Спасибо огромное, отличный урок :)

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    David this is much beautiful than the Microsoft version :)

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    Nappies (1 Point) November 8, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Wow ! Great tutorial, I ll do it for my next Project

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    SOFONIYAS TADESSE (-1 Points) November 7, 2010 at 2:04 am

    need more effects

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    เพลงใหม่ (1 Point) November 3, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Nice thank for tutorial

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    nii adjiri (2 Points) October 13, 2010 at 7:45 am

    good tuts. Thanks a lot. been looking for this effects for so long. thnks

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    Deepsea Maisnam (3 Points) October 10, 2010 at 2:36 am

    It really helpful. With this effect I can design my new website.
    thanks very much.

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    bubs353 (0 Points) October 1, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Wow. Exellent Tutorial . Thank you

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    Nice work dear. Keep it up……

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    awesome! i learned a lot thanks big time ^^

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    Aikaterine (-4 Points) September 25, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I could do it, I just don’t know what you’re supposed to do this on. Like I have this thing called Paint on my computer, but it can’t blur it. I can only type on it and draw and stuff. What do you do this on?

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    designfreak (1 Point) September 18, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    i wannnaa know about that second black background !!! pleaaseeeeeeeeee !!!!!!! :(

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    designfreak (1 Point) September 18, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    pleaseeeee … i wannna know about the second black background !!!! :(

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    Sonny Pig (1 Point) September 13, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    you rock! thank you sooooooo mucho mi amigo!

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    Simple steps and amazing results – thanks dude!

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    Designer Ajit 9915229690 (1 Point) August 16, 2010 at 6:19 am

    nice design yaar

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    anyone have any idea how you could get the nice black background layer he has for his second example?

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    Good one! Simple & realistic Great Tuts from a great artist

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    I’ve been looking for this since…………………
    Thanks and more grease to your elbow

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    Brilliant work..i want to make my own windows 7 background like this. I have been looking for this kind of tutorial and it would be nice if this one is in video form on Youtube. It will be easier to follow

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    Jahnavi Chokshi (1 Point) July 29, 2010 at 7:33 am

    interesting tutorial. but I could not get the exact effect of lighting..

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    Carlos (1 Point) July 27, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Thanks…that´s very helpful! :D

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    howser27 (2 Points) July 24, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    In step 9, when you used adjusment layers: color balance, the adjusment applies to entire canvas, im using cs 3.
    How can i set the adjustment only to the layers i chose?

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    NITIN SHARMA (2 Points) July 24, 2010 at 3:30 am

    i want some more effects tutorial which is made by Photoshop, plz help, make a ideas,


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    Uttej (1 Point) July 22, 2010 at 2:04 am

    Wow really very helpful
    i want some more effects tutorial which is made by Photoshop

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    NENE TEI – NARH (1 Point) July 21, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Very interesting. Thanks

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    Pezhvak (1 Point) July 20, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Awesome, thank you man!!

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    Bonny M Koodathil (1 Point) July 15, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Thanks dude ! Very helpful!

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    Thanks for this tutorial.
    Easy and pro. Good job

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    Carlos (1 Point) July 10, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Very nice tutorial,

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    wow, the tutorial is nice.
    i like it

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    Zaphod (0 Points) June 24, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Nice tutorial!

    One observation – Step 5 can achieved far more easily… Once you have the new layer created, simply fill the elipse with white using the fill tool then feather the selection (Select -> Modify -> Feather) to something around 20. Ok the popup and press the delete button.

    No manual drawing!

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    ปั๊ก (0 Points) June 24, 2010 at 3:23 am


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    ดูคลิป (0 Points) June 21, 2010 at 4:13 am

    Great job.Thanks for share.

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    Disco Daddy (0 Points) June 20, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Thanks! , much appreciated!

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    Ollie (0 Points) June 19, 2010 at 5:52 am

    EASILY the best tutorial for this lighting effect out there! AWSOME :]

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    Ctrl + Shift + Click on the Box in the Layer then add the Color Balance effect

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    sulabh (0 Points) June 18, 2010 at 2:39 am

    nice work but itz quite easier to obtain the same effect without using our hand to brush in the selection n also obtain even effects at the edge of the selection.draw a vector mask n go to blending effects>gradient.then make ur changes…n u get evenly spread glowing effect in very less time..

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    deexit (0 Points) June 15, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Very great, thank you for share

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    TheShadowArt (0 Points) June 13, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Thank you very much, this is really awesome tutorial.

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    เว็บโหลดเพลงฟรี (0 Points) June 1, 2010 at 3:32 am
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    I love it! And it wasn’t that difficult! Thanks!

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    Arraial d’Ajuda (0 Points) May 23, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Amazing and simple, love your tutorials!

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    heramb (0 Points) May 20, 2010 at 7:47 am

    superb tutorial. very nice!

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    nimesha (1 Point) May 18, 2010 at 7:51 am

    wooooooooooooooooooooow itz gud thank u

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    Indianapolis Website Design (1 Point) May 10, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I am designing a website for Indianapolis Businesses. This background techniques will be great for some of my clients.

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    IRD Designs (1 Point) May 8, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    thaks for the tutorial it was really easy and inspiring :P

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    Saira (1 Point) May 3, 2010 at 2:22 am

    see below link Hope its useful for you

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    Master (1 Point) May 3, 2010 at 2:21 am

    Nice Tutorial..
    see more Professional and higher page rank tutorials see below link

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    โหลดเพลงฟรี (1 Point) April 28, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Thank you ,work step .

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    Andri Leonardi (1 Point) April 28, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Thx so much… Nice tutor… It’s easy to do with nice step… thx so much….

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    Wow, seriously awesome. Thanks for the post. Finally an easy way that doesnt use the pencil thing YAY!

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    Web Design (1 Point) April 26, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Wow amazing thanks for sharing!! :)

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    Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

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    avsa adasi (1 Point) April 19, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    This just may be the greatest tutorial i’ve ever seen. I’ve always been worthless with the pen tool, but now there’s hope, thank you so much.

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    Very nice! One question, how do you get rid of the moire pattern?

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    Bobby Jck son the thirtieth/ noobinator (1 Point) April 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm


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    kavyasudah34 (1 Point) April 5, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    its very nice. Great post!! post to webmaster “legitimate work at home jobs”

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    โหลดเพลง (1 Point) March 29, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Great tutorial, Thank you for your share!

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    Manasa (1 Point) March 18, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Really It Was Very helpful, thank you

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    Very nice tutorial, many thanks

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    anas3laa (1 Point) February 18, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Great Job ..
    simple & Creative

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    Douglas Naaden (1 Point) February 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Really easy tutorial to follow. Thanks!

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    i got a question.

    how did you get the effect with the collored lines?
    i couldn’t get the effect you had.

    please contact me.

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    Great tutorial! Thanks so much, was easy and the result looks fantastic :)

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    simczik (1 Point) February 4, 2010 at 8:42 am

    cool. So cool. Thank you.

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    marija belic (1 Point) February 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    kako se zowe program za slika i kako da ga skinem besplatno……..

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    ฟังเพลงใหม่ (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    wow thanks so much.152

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 1:42 am

    wow thanks so much.147

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    เพลงสากลใหม่ (1 Point) January 30, 2010 at 9:21 am

    great tutorial . Thanks

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    ดาวน์โหลดเพลงฟรี (1 Point) January 28, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Great article. thank you.

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    memo karate (1 Point) January 15, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    WoNdErFuL IdEa In DeEd :P

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    healthyscript (1 Point) January 9, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    I know how to create my own vista background. Thanks

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    Haitham Nabil (1 Point) January 4, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    WE Want More & More
    Thanks for your Help
    plz More tutorail

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    لمياء محمد (1 Point) January 2, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    thanks a lot for sharing such nice and wonderful tutorial
    I really hope to know how to make such effect
    thanks again and again

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    Tutorials007 (1 Point) January 2, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Excellent, I’ve just got an idea by seeing the final image. Thanks for it David.

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    Gajanand (1 Point) December 24, 2009 at 5:42 am

    Very nice but I have some problem. We not sure 100%. But your site is very good for Adobe photoshop tips. Thanks

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    เพลงใหม่ (1 Point) December 22, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Art is beautiful

    Excellent tutorial.. thank you.

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    this is one perfect and clean tutorials, thanks for sharing

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    Awesome tutorial to learn. Very easy and well defined . thanks for sharing this nice post.

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    Anukrati (1 Point) December 12, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Excellent tutorial.. thank you.

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    When I try to adjust the individual brush layers at the end (for added lighting effect) with a new adjustment layer, it still affects all of the layers under it instead of ‘automatically creating a mask’ – is this a CS3 to CS4 issue?

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    music-mp3 (1 Point) November 28, 2009 at 7:19 am

    This is a different technology and best

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    Thank you…it’s very helpful

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    sabithpocker (1 Point) November 19, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Thanks a lot dude, i was looking for this 4 long. Looking forward for more lighting tutorials.

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    lOl, too much cool your post…
    Now I can do my own Vista Wallpapers and
    I’m doing my own Seven wallpapers.

    Thanks a lot.

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    PhotoshopNub (1 Point) November 15, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Please email me how to change individual lines! This tutorial doesn’t explain at all …

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    PhotoshopNub (1 Point) November 15, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    For some reason when i try to add the Color Balance adjustment Layer it applys the color changes to the whole picture. How do i change just the color of the individual lines?

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    Awesome !. This time I know haow to create my own vista background. Thanks

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    Wow thanks :D Now it’s So~ easy for me to make vista-like backgrounds!!

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    always wanted to do effects like this and never knew how. Cheers from the lovely mexican caribbean, Cancun Mexico.

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    before I think it difficult.

    now.. I can make it very easy.

    ^^ Thank you very much ….

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    Andreea (1 Point) November 5, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Wow. Very cool and easy to do tutorial. I really enjoy it and helps me a lot. Thank you very much for sharing!

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    phani sekhar (1 Point) November 4, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Great Work. Keep it up

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    Oggiiiiiiiiiiiiiii (1 Point) October 31, 2009 at 5:21 am

    hey.. when i am on step 5, My Brush Isen’t 100% inside the Canvas.? what can i do?

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    Could you please post how you made it black and white except for the red beams? That would be really appreciated since it looks extremely awesome

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    Art is beautiful much different

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    Photoshop CS5 Team (1 Point) October 27, 2009 at 10:04 am

    so sweet
    love it to bits
    well done David and thanks for the PSD

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    This is really awsome tutorial. Thank you

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    i always try to make this type of effect but failed to complete..this tut helps me a lot…thanks for a luvly tutorial……

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    AWESOME… Dudee… awesomee……!

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    The Gimper (1 Point) October 14, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    I’ve got GIMP (I haven’t got the money for Photoshop) and after a long search I found out, how to do it there… I’ll post my version here when I’m finished!
    Little Tip for GIMP Users:
    Use the Xach-Effect!!!

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    Andrea Leganza (1 Point) October 13, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Hi, nice tut, instead of marque you can use the “circle shape tool” setting background to transparent and applying a white inner shadow.

    Faster and without using the brush :)

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    Thank you so much for sharing, I learned a lot fron this tutorial. Wish you the best and keep it up please.

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    Sorry forgot to add that I changed the selection to a 5 pixel border and filled that first.

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    Thanks for the brilliant tutorial.

    My hand is not steady with the brush at all – too much coffee i think :) – so i took the selection and added a stroke on the inside, inner shadow and then deleted the bits that I did not want.

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    I LOVE YOU! (L) awesome tutorial man

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    Great tutorial, but I have one problem. The Color Balance Adjustment layer DOESN’T automatically create a layer mask when I’ve selected one, several or none of the ‘light bar’ layers. Little help?

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    herzevekil (1 Point) August 24, 2009 at 5:57 am

    so usefull tips, thanks David Leggett

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    Arul Anchalan (1 Point) August 22, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Simply! But Amazing!

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    gerry (3 Points) August 17, 2009 at 7:36 am

    lol..sorry, figured it out…your tutorial is a little wrong in one point: it is ctrl+shift+click in the THUMBNAILS of the light-layers that are to be coloured…

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    Awesome!! but the last step doesn’t work…Where u select various layers and add color balance adjustments for “extra” effect. No matter how I try, the light streaks NEVER change color WHATSOEVER… What am I doing wrong?

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    it’s good,thanks for sharing

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    qimaoya (1 Point) August 13, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you! I really like it. And your tutorials are very useful!

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    thank you!! easy and cool photoshop tip :)

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    thanks for the great tutorial and long live man your services

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    Mohammed (1 Point) July 23, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Thank u verry much for the great tuto, you’re realy the best. Good luck man

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    vamshichowdhary (1 Point) July 20, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Very nice! Looks great.

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    Robin (1 Point) July 14, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Awesome tutorial! Thanks alot mate.

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    Jairo G (1 Point) July 11, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Dear David , thankyou very much for you time and share yours skills

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    erick (1 Point) July 10, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Graciassssss, muchas gracias, realemten tienes un don para compartir tu conocimiento y no solo yo te lo agradezco si no todos los que seguimos tus tutoriales. Gracias.

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    Flash Designer (1 Point) July 7, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Wow very cool and easy!

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    Chris (1 Point) July 4, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Image result doesn’t look pro because of the very huge color gradient jumps especially in the dark areas.

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    Peter S (2 Points) June 30, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    I have a different technique to make the arcs:

    1. Make a Screen layer
    2. Draw an white ellipse (Larger than the image)
    3. Fill the transparent area with black
    4. Use the magic eraser tool to make the ellipse transparent
    5. Apply Outer Glow (I like it at 50% opacity and 250 pixels)
    6. Repeat

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    Sumeet Chawla (1 Point) June 29, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Hey Awesome tutorial! I never knew it was so easy to create such stunning effects.. :) Now that I know the technique I can innovate on my own and bring up some cool looking stuffs :) Thanks again.. Keep up the good work!

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    WINDOWS 7 TUTORIAL (1 Point) June 25, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    great tutorial man Its Quite Hardd hehehe

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    Damaris (1 Point) June 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Step nine got me too. :( Can’t seem to only apply the color balance changes only to the selected layers.
    I wonder why that is.

    Great tutorial! Thanks a lot.

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    MikeB (1 Point) June 14, 2009 at 7:24 am

    I have some troubles in step 9. The colour balance layer is colouring the whole composition. Could somebody help me??

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    im having difficulty with part 5
    everytime i use white to paint over my selected part
    in the end it just turns out to be much light (whole selected part)
    i dont know how you get that luminescent effect on the lines
    and btw since im kinda new to this
    what does a white foreground mean anyway???

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    Chikiyo Wolf (1 Point) June 10, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    No way! Thanks man! You’re the best! XD

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    This is indeed good… btw, that Step 5 canbe done in other easy way too.. with this way you could get an accurate effect..

    With pen tool make the curve and reasonably large portion above the curve i.e. above the concave part and save that path. Now, make that a selection and save that selection too… Stroke the pen path and with the previously saved selection, you could easily delete the glow part on the convex side of the curve… Got me? :)

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    Jorge Reza (1 Point) May 26, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Can remove the sponser bar, it’s very anoying in small sceen sizes. VERY,
    Thanks, ^_^

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    In step 9, PS doesn’t seem to be automatically creating a layer mask, so the color balance layer is coloring the whole composition.

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    ajay (1 Point) May 21, 2009 at 6:04 am

    by applying a blur to photograph and turned it to a background.

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    Granpy (1 Point) May 19, 2009 at 2:51 am

    Amazing Tut :* …
    So useful in making textures ;)

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    Psyqic (2 Points) May 15, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Thanx K.Jagdish but…

    I tried it out, and it doesn’t seem to work, i select a part in my image, have a new layer, start to brush, and it brushes both inside and outside the selection..

    It’s very weird, because it worked in first instance, and i tried again, and it doesn’t work anymore :S

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    Piotr (1 Point) May 15, 2009 at 3:58 am

    great tutorial man – very helped me…

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    Psyqic (2 Points) May 7, 2009 at 6:12 am


    Very nice!
    In first instance, i tried it, and it worked perfectly!
    But now i try it again and i dont get step 5 good anymore!
    I brush, but it is visible at both sides of the selection…

    Can you help? =D

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    Step 5 too… didn’t get the brushing effect

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    Really nice tutorial. Thanks

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      Jonathan Liu (1 Point) September 2, 2009 at 1:34 pm

      Make an elipse with your marquee tool, and edit/stroke it with a 30 – 50px line in white. Then with the marquee/elipse still on, go to filter guassian blur. The blurring only happens inside the marquee, which will give you that nice crisp edge. This is a much simpler way of creating that white curving gradient line.

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    austin web design (1 Point) April 25, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    thanks, this was a pretty cool tutorial. I love making backgrounds and thought your blurring a normal photograph was an interesting technique.

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    WoW, simply and nice effects :) thx for tutorial! (And for many others tutorials! its really best) BTW… in PSD we can se more details how He do that :)

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    Miriam (1 Point) April 15, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Yeh me too step 5 is bit confusing cud any one help

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    Umm dude could you please explain step 5 in a little more detail cause i cant get the effect along the curve.

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    robert (1 Point) April 11, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    step nine doesn’t work if your getting paid to do this at least answer the comments and tell everybody how to fix it

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    theres a mistake – its not colour balance you want but
    layer > layer style > colour overlay

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    DeadGodMax (1 Point) April 10, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I am having a problem with the last step.
    I cant seem to make the color balance only for the light effect layers.

    Any tips on this?

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    suresh NADAR (1 Point) April 7, 2009 at 4:31 am

    really very nice & very Usefull 4r every Designer

    u r

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    Thank you! You are so kind to post this! I am going to try very shortly!

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    professional photo retouch artist (1 Point) March 27, 2009 at 4:00 am

    A really nice design tutorial. I am definitely going to have a look at more of your tutorials

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    Susmith Gopalan (1 Point) March 22, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Brilliant! its really difficult to make something simple, and you have done just that!
    Thanks a lot!

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    Donsilog (1 Point) March 17, 2009 at 4:51 am

    Step 1 unlocks the mystery. Best technique ever. thanks

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    basana (1 Point) March 12, 2009 at 5:56 am

    wow it’s simple but looks great. tks for sharing

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    Mike1959 (1 Point) March 12, 2009 at 2:10 am

    I can see why some would want to use the pen tool but I found that doing it your way with the soft brush along the edge gave me a slightly more creative feel to the whole thing…just my personal choice after testing both options.

    nice work anyways…:)

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    Nikki (1 Point) March 2, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    great tut, but I would like some more pictures from photoshop, because I’ve got the dutch photoshop and some functions I can’t find because I don’t know what it is in dutch…

    sorry for my weird english..

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    Good tut, actually got me opening Photoshop.

    If you’re not good at free hand brushing, try this:
    • Make the selection as described above.
    • Get your brushsettings right.
    • Take the pentool (set on Paths) and draw a line next to the selection.
    • Right-click the path, choose ‘Stroke path’ and take the brush.
    • Click Ok and tataa!

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    awesome tutorial! good job!

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    Gerald Catalano (1 Point) February 26, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Can you explain how to get step 4 accomplished in Photoshop elements 7? I get the first 3 parts fine, but when I add the 2nd adjustment layer as instructed (after I make the wide circle, I can no longer see the circle to paint anything and my brushes become useless. Is there a specific layer setting that was not mentioned that would create this issue?

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    مدونة فواز (1 Point) February 26, 2009 at 5:39 am

    Explain the stock


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    Good tutorial but u not creater..It may enjoy and beatiful

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    tasarhane (1 Point) February 19, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    thanks for the tutorial..

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    Arama Motorlarina Kayit (1 Point) February 17, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Great tutorial for the starters.Very informative.

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    It’s so simple but it does look very complicated on the photo.. fantastic effect. Thank you. I can’t wait to try it.

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    Great tut, but cant get the layer mask to change for step nine.. got the whole ctrl click the thumbnail and that brings up the selection, and then Layer > layer adjustments > color balance and I can see the layer mask come up, but adjusting the colors doesnt do anything :(

    Also another easier way to do the bends..

    Draw a rectangular selection across the entire width of the image.
    Select Gradient Fill tool > White to Transparent
    Select outside the selection hold down Shift and then Press left mouse button and drag up until its just inside the selection.
    This should then give the very bottom a gradient which fades.
    Now whilst the rectangle is still selected right click inside, Free transform > Warp.

    Grab the bottom left anchor and drag up slightly, now do the same with the other side and even it out (can put a guide on if you need to) and then double click inside, apply free transform.

    You should now have a nice smooth bend, an for the other layers you can just use a little less or a little more warp.

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    Thank you, I’ve been looking all over how to do this!

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    emilardz (1 Point) February 7, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks for your idea….

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    Jason Xuai (1 Point) February 7, 2009 at 4:52 am

    For Step 9, I just can’t quite get the colors as nice as yours. Anyone have any tips or tricks to do that?

    - Jason Xiao

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    thanks, really easy to do and i good intro for beginners in photoshop.

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    magnifico, excelente y facil de entender gracias por enseñarnos :-)
    wonderfull, excelent and easy to understand tkx for share ur knowledge:-) i’l keep these page in my favorites

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    Really nice, i had good fun creating this!

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    Hello There!

    It is a very nice tutorial, especially using the photograph for easily getting a good starting background. Also it is possible to get to a nice result within 5-10 minutes.

    However, the use of the marquee tool and brushing by hand could be avoided; thus avoiding the trial and error when using the brush.

    It is more easily to draw a path, with two anchor points outside the screen, and curve the path somewhat. Specify your brush settings (for example 300px, soft edge) and stroke the path using brushes (When pentool selected, right mouse on the path and stroke path).

    Now we have a stroked path, however, we just want only one side of the path to be stroked (as in your tutorial). Well, that is pretty easy. Just close the path we just draw, on the side you want to be deleted (so we use the pentool to select what we want to remove), and right mouse > make selection. Hit delete and your done! No trial and error and awkwardly brushing ;)!

    Kind Regards,


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    You’re all very welcome. Glad this continues to help so many :)

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    Thank you for this. I’m a beginner at Photoshop and I found this very easy to follow!

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    Thanks for sharing this technique.
    It has been popular
    for a some years now.
    Fashion trends aside,
    I still like the look of the end results.
    I’m starting to like
    Gaussian blur more and more.

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    Allucard9 (1 Point) December 3, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Wow!!! Awesome tutorial! Thanks for all & sharing the .PSD, Appreciate it man.

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    thank you , its really amazing
    i will try to do it now

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    Kieran (2 Points) December 1, 2008 at 8:44 am

    This tutorial is great and i had no problems with it what so ever!

    However, below the tutorial you have an example with a grey/black background but no info for it, I have been trying to get the same effect but can only seem to get a very dark blue. This may sound stupid but how did you get it to go like that?

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    hey david,
    first of all i wanna say that this tutorial is amazing. but im struggling with it tho.
    i gotta say that this is the first day using photoshop^^
    anyways here is my problem.. i cant brush the border like you did :/

    pls i rele wanna create a vista background^^

    thx for help

    so far


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    thank’s dav, notice me please if theres other tutorial

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    hey i have no hardness tool in brush too……….how will i reduce the hardness….

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    I’m struggling a bit. I have the base done with the colour balance – had to use a few more to get the right effect. But, with the lines that you brush on, mine don’t seem to have the same effect as yours, they just seem so boring, yours have more emphasis in certain places. Also, it is – as far as i am aware – impossible to change the colour of those lines with colour balances. You can’t use image-adjustment-colour balance because you select more than one. If you make a new adjustment layer then it affects the whole image and if you click the mask option in the new layer box that comes up, it has no affect whatsoever on the image. Please help :)

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    I really can’t do this tutorial David, i’m on a laptop and I don’t have a steady hand when using the brush is there any chance you could help me with another way of doing this tutorial without using the brush. e.g: The pen tool (as Matt said already) Let me know asap :) Thanks.

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    I might have approached Step 5 differently – I think it’s somewhat difficult to brush the selection evenly. Instead of using the brush tool, I would have filled my selection in Step 4 with 100% white (Alt-Delete). Then, Ctrl-D to deselect. Filter -> Gaussian Blur (about 40 pixels). Then Ctrl-shift-D to Reselect and Delete the filled area (or you can mask it with a quickmask). Same result, but likely quicker and more accurate….

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    thanks a lot,
    very fine result.

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    Alex Smith (1 Point) September 20, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Wow! Great tutorial, got one on my first try!

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    Exceptional man
    very nice and clear and to the point

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    Motlatsi (1 Point) September 2, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    This is awsome……wish all sites were like this. Its was pleasure doing this, very clear consise to the point LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    wan4cri (1 Point) August 30, 2008 at 11:41 am

    good thanks tutorial9
    the best site ever

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    Thorero (1 Point) August 29, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    This site is immensely good, I found it through Google, and Haven’t stopped reading. Great Job!

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    hello nice tutorial, but whenever i try this on a gradient background and turn it to overlay layer for the lines it dissapears but when i try it out on ur background it turns okay

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    meskis (1 Point) August 19, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    can you help me, i don’t get it how to make step 6: ” Set the blending mode of this layer to Overlay.” what need to do, that look nice. look what i have done on 6 step

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    @Achmes: Unfortunately, no, but it’s for certain that I jumped up those Red highlights quite a bit…

    @Achmes: Changing the color mode will affect the entire image. Select the layer you want to Desaturate, and select Image > Adjustments > Desaturate

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    Achmes (1 Point) August 14, 2008 at 7:21 am

    I do not know how to delete color in one layer….
    I tried =>Image ->Mod->Grayscale but it’s delted color in all…….

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    i am irani
    good learning in thank

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    Achmes (1 Point) August 13, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Do you renember settings witch you used in Color Balance?

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    @Achmes: I darkened the background, desaturated it, and then applied an Color Balance Adjustment layer to the lighting to give it that nice glowing effect. Glad you like it mate!

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    Achmes (1 Point) August 13, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! It’s cool
    The last image is so really amazing!

    David..Please…Just tell me how can I get effect like at last screen…..It’s amazing.
    Dark colours….Wow. It’s better than in Vista :D

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    @Mr. G: You can have a color balance layer affect ONLY your selection using layer masks. Usually, Photoshop will create the layer mask for you when you have a selection, and THEN create the new adjustment layer.

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    votre tuto est extra. cependant, l’orsque je crée un nouveau calque de règlage des balance de couleur pour les lignes, celui ci s’applique à tout le document et non pas aux calques que j’ai selectionné, y a il une manipulation particulière afin de lier le calque d’effet aux calque auxquels s’appliquent l’effet ?

    Merci, salutations

    Mr. G

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    Jacob (0 Points) July 27, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Wow, that’s such a simple effect to get something so great! I like the use of the color balance layers and how you mixed it up. Thanks!

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    sumit (0 Points) July 9, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    just perfect for my new project.

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    Aliexa (0 Points) July 2, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    If you do not mind you could do a tutorial completely with all the effects from last picture? we have provided in downloading to see in photoshop … because they are probably many who do not understand how you do the effects … much easier for us and for you to escape as many other questions … please so much … sorry for my english

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    Ivan (0 Points) June 30, 2008 at 8:21 am

    You just got bookmarked :)

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    This doesn’t [work, I set the layers to overlay but I do no gt the effect you have i.e the parts where the brush strokes overlap and you see a bright glow. I just have dull srokes.

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    Sean (0 Points) June 15, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks for the fast responce David. Cleared up my questions, just wasn’t clicking the thumbnail with Ctrl. D’oh!

    Again, nice tut. =)

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    Yes! I got it! Finally :D
    Hold Ctrl, click on the layer thumbnail in the layers palette and create a new color adjusment layer! how simple is that?lol

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    Ok just so you don’t have to type one and the same thing all over again, just ignore my last post ;) I see many people have the same problem as I do and you’ve replied to them already, so I’ll just try to figure it out myself. It looks great with out the different colors anyway ;)

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    Oh kay, but hot di I add a new Color Balance Adjustment layer for those? Is it like just applying layer effects of something? Like, if I want to get each of those rays of light in a different color, like shown in the last 2 images.

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    @ Jana – I think I may have confused my words there. You see, when you hold Ctrl and click several layers, you do indeed select the actual layers in the palette.

    However, when you hold Ctrl + Shift and click multiple layer thumbnails you actually select the layer contents (in other words, a selection is created in the actual image workspace).

    So… If I have a layer that only has a circle in it, and I Ctrl + Click the actual layer thumbnail, then a circular selection will appear in my document where that circle is. If I hold shift + ctrl at this point, and click a different layer thumbnail with a square in the layer contents, THEN I will have a selection of a circle, AND a square in my document.

    Hope that clears things up!

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    “For add effect, you can add some extra color into it using Color Balance Layers. In order to do this, Select several of your light layers (Ctrl + Shift + Click a Layer in the Layers Panel), and then add a new Color Balance Adjustment layer (Like we did in step 3). The Color Balance Adjustment layer will automatically create a layer mask so that it only gets applied over the selection you made. ”

    I really don’t get this part. First, you can select those layers with just Ctrl + Click, so why the Shift? But it’s not that important. My question is how toadd new Color Balance Adjustment layers when you have selected those layers?

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    @ Sean – This is a question that has to do with Masks – something we will cover in the School of Photoshop Very soon. I won’t go into specifics right here, but basically, “Adjustment Layers” such as Color Balance use masks. By selecting the layers you want to affect (Ctrl + Click a Layer Thumbnail… Hold Ctrl + Shift + Click layers to select multiple layer contents at once), and then creating an adjustment layer, that adjustment layer will ONLY affect the selection.

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    First off, nice tutorial, thanks =)

    Second, I’m sure this has been asked already, but I didn’t really understand the answers to it…

    When trying to add the new color balance to the single rays of light, instead of the whole document, I’m running into problems.

    I go Layer -> New Adjustment Layer -> Color Balance, and it opens up Color Balance 2. As soon as I start changing the sliders, it changes the whole document. How do I link it to only the few layers I want to edit?

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    flowerhorn (1 Point) June 13, 2008 at 4:04 am

    wow, that is beautiful tutorial. I’ll give it a try.
    thank you

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    Fixed the Typo. Thanks for your help Dybcio & Ben :)

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    Dybcio (0 Points) June 11, 2008 at 8:00 am

    Andy, you have to change one value in the Highlights slider, from 34 to -34. David has made a typo and that’s the problem. For future problems download PSD file that is provided with most of tuts here :)

    Last but not least this problem was first solved by BEN over here:

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    The values for the color balance adjustment layer in Step 3 do not match the color of the screen shot provided. Additionally, there’s “ridges” in the color (the color doesn’t change smoothly).

    Here is what I’m getting:

    I’m pretty sure I’m following the instructions exactly, (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance) and then entering the precise values.

    What am I doing wrong? Thanks.

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    StudioM6 (1 Point) June 6, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Thx! for the tutorial! :D

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    Rafael Braga (1 Point) June 6, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Amazing! Just amazing!

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    Designer-artist (1 Point) June 6, 2008 at 8:05 am

    Many thanks, has very much helped with work.
    I know much, but this good addition!

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    Aristides Echauri (1 Point) June 4, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Very good…

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    Matsuri (1 Point) June 2, 2008 at 4:33 am

    Thanks for the awesome tutorial :)

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    @ KM Graphic Design – Yeah, it really is a lot easier than it seems, isn’t it?

    Thanks again folks!

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    Great way to use a stock image to create something unique in just a few steps!

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    Kaos (1 Point) May 21, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    hmmm interesting, too hard to get though xD

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    KM Graphic Design (1 Point) May 20, 2008 at 1:59 am

    It seemed so defficult to me but you got the way to make it easy. Great tutorial. I loved it. Thanks heaps!

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    Glad you got your problem solved Timothy! Thanks mate!

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    Timothy (1 Point) May 13, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    omg i found it…friend of mine helped me out over msn(and at this time of day! 1:17 am :P) forgot to click the thumnail *smashes head into a wall*

    nice tutorial dude :D

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    Timothy (1 Point) May 13, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Hey there, i tried giving color to the bands of light, but for some reason i cannot seem to get the effect at all. everytime i slect the layer and go to Layer> New adjustment Layer> Color balance, i have to tick clip to current layer, otherwise it will affect the background, but when changing the colors it does not change the band of light at all! i need some help, coz its kidna frustrating….im using ps cs3.

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    sevi (1 Point) May 13, 2008 at 3:32 am

    it’s really easy to create such effect.

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    Douglas (1 Point) May 6, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Nice tutorial!

    But had you used CS2 or CS3 version? Because on the CS3 version, the numbers you give at Color Balance doesn’t match the colors on the preview.

    I’had to change it a bit, so I got this:

    shadow: -37,-40,+21
    midtones: +15,+62,+15
    highlights: -37,+20,+85

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    subcorpus (1 Point) May 6, 2008 at 7:01 am

    interesting effect …

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    Kanna (1 Point) May 5, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    WOW great tutorial,i lov it..
    Expect more like this keep it up.

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    Juan (1 Point) May 2, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Was doing this tutorial and was having trouble with steps 5 & 6,another way to do it is by making a rectangular selection and giving a white to transparent gradient and then use the warp tool to get the crescent shape. You might have to duplicate the layer though.

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    Deus ex (1 Point) May 2, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    NOp i cant get it right when i make the color balance layer for the lighting effects it just leaves the mask in white so nothing changes

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    Aminur Rahman [aka Tom R] (1 Point) May 2, 2008 at 2:59 am

    this is absolutely beautiful

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    Rob Barrett (2 Points) May 1, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Matt has a good point if anyone’s finding it hard to paint the edges. That was my initial thought when I saw this, just ever so slightly different.

    If you create a curved selection or path and fill it with any colour then set the Fill to 0%, then you can then apply Inner glow and you’ll just see the Layer Style, but none of the filling colour.

    Of course, you’d only be able to make a uniform-width glow, but you could always apply a layer mask to vary that.

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    Thanks folks! Appreciate all of the feedback!

    @ Paw – try creating a brand new adjustment layer on top of your other layers (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance). Good Luck!

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    Hey. Nice tutorial and the result is pretty nice but i cant find out the last part whit a color balance on a single layer???

    Pleass help.


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    Hey boris like the new site man you never cease to amaze me with all your grahical creations. Like michaelangelo with computers man good work.

    GHP O7″

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    dude.. you’re a friggin genius.. i dunno how you possibly figured this out but man i’m just impressed on how easy you made this.. you are a very good man my friend.. thanks so much.. cheers!

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    Great tutorial! I’ve just completed it and I gotta say it’s very easy to follow and with a great end result as the reader. I think I’ll be using this effect in my new layout, thanks.

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    nicolas (1 Point) April 2, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    this is a GREAT site where i can learn more about photoshop… Im just starting everything and its not easy shifting from a cook to web publisher! whew, thanks a lot and more power!! by the way I just recently subscribe to your feed and hope to see some of Flash Tutorials.. Again.. THANKS A LOT!!!

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    SrThanatos (1 Point) April 1, 2008 at 7:31 am

    thanks friend, this tutorial is very good, now I can create myself wallpapers or new desing for the web :D thanks

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    Svetlana (1 Point) February 12, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Love it! One key thing for foreign speakers, in step 5 when brushing the selection, I didn’t understand at first you need to just barely brush along the edges of the selection, not the entire selection :) That’s how the ‘edge’ feel is created (no need for shadows and such)… it’s late, hope I’m making sense.


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    Big Bright™ (0 Points) January 31, 2008 at 11:20 am

    U are great and see this useful, powerful,

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    yoyoyohom (0 Points) January 12, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    awesome tutorial, i like the fact that you’ve put in the .PSD file, it helps alot often too see how the layers look in the file itself

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    Famous? I had no idea it was that well known :P

    It’s very similar to the “Create a Wreath in Photoshop” tutorial (in some ways anyhow), so you may want to check that out.

    I’ll see what I can do about getting a new X360 Rings Tutorial out though ;)

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    OuterEight (0 Points) January 4, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Hey dude, cool tutorial… when will you be putting the famous “Xbox360 Rings” tutorial on again? ^_^ Shame I can’t get access to it on GC anymore.

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    madrespex (0 Points) December 29, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    Great tutorial! looks outstanding, always what i expect from you guys!

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    tchnclfl (0 Points) December 26, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    very nice tutorial! I’ll definately use this when I get the time! (=p)

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    Its great that u even put the PSD file, makes it easier to find out what to do!
    Good job!

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    great job. i’m very impressed and i’m looking forward to your future stuff :)

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    True but with pen tool although a bit more steps you could always duplicate the layer and change the opacity to get the brightness you want then merge them :)

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    You do bring up a good point Matt. Using the pen tool, and then using a drop shadow (or inner shadow) might work as an alternative here.

    That said, you would lose some customization that you would get with the brushing. In my samples, I actually brushed a little more intense in some areas that I wanted to purposely make brighter.

    However, I guess it’s all up to you in the end. It’s definitely a good suggestion.

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    True but if its on a curve its hard to make quick motions and follow it evenly :P

    I was thinking possibly another way is make the curve with a pen tool and add a gradient drop shadow.

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    Hey Matt, here’s a suggestion if you’re having trouble brushing.
    First off, a mouse will help you, and make things much, much easier. A graphics tablet will also work wonders, but if you don’t have either of those accessible, try making quick motions in order to make a smooth stroke. When you stroke quickly, you’ll generally keep the flow of the stroke much more consistent.

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    This tutorial was quite hard for me to do just because I’m on a laptop :| Even with mouse I don’t have that stead of a hand to keep it perfect all the way across the canvas D:

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    OK, I got it !
    Actually all these while I press crtl+shift at the wording of the layer, lol…but actually should click on the thumbnail pic xD
    Anyway, thanks a lot ! You can be a great tutor…haha ..looking forward for more nice tutorials here ^^

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    Erm sorry to trouble you, I pressed CRTL and Hold it while selection my layers then the layers that I selected will be highlighted in the layer panel right? Then I go to Layer–>New Adjustment Layer–> Color Balance, I can’t get like yours @@
    This is what I got >.<”

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    Thanks everyone!

    @ Ben – You should simply have to Hold Down the Ctrl Key While Clicking the Layer Thumbnail (in the layers panel) in order to make the selection. When you create the adjustment layer, it will apply the layer mask automatically.

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    JhayPH (0 Points) December 8, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    At last! Greycobra is back. great tut btw

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    Sweet, Greycobra is coming back! :D

    thanks for the tut, this really expands my techniques

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    Erm thanks a lot, after downloaded your PSD I understand a lot, and by the way, your tutorial you forget to add a negative symbol (-) for Highlights: “34″ —> -34

    And I stuck at the last part, I keep try but fail to make the cliping mask for my colour balance? How do you do that? @@

    Thanks a lot ^^

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    Hey Ben,

    Try duplicating your Overlay layer, and see if that fixes things for you. I’m assuming by “Border”, you mean the sharp edge of the eclipse.

    If you’re using a very dark background, Overlay might not work quite as well since it will basically Multiply the White with the Dark background. Sometimes, you can get around this by duplicating the layer a few times.

    Let me know if that fixes things for you :)

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    Erm…I can’t get the same effect like urs in the tutorial especially when the brushing part. I brush my whole selection ( The eclipse part) with white and then I change to Overlay belnding, but I could get the effect like yours where your “border” seems to have a little white part, help please, thanks ^^

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    Thanks kenj! Glad you liked the tutorial mate! We’re happy to be back too!

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    Nice tutorial.
    Can’t believe one of my favourite p.s tutorial site is back. Best of luck.

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    Thanks Iceberg! Hope you’ll stick around for more tutorials, and keep in on the discussion here. It’s good to be back!

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    Iceberg (-1 Points) December 7, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    Nice tutorial David. I can’t wait until the site returns…it’s been such a long time.

    Good luck with the new GC!

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    Hey Dubz! Thanks for stopping by!

    This is just the beginning for Tutorial9, as we’ll be posting many, many, many more tutorials here on a daily basis. I’d suggest adding our feed to your feed reader if you want to stay up to date with our latest news and tutorials.

    Anyways, Glad you liked the tutorial!

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    wow great stuff.. thanks for the tutorial

    hey guys im an avid fan of grey.cobra and i consult all my graphics tutorial on the site

    im way too excited for the site’s comeback


    maybe you c an post more tutorials here.. way to go tutorial9 :)

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