5 Ways to Direct Light in Photoshop

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When finishing our image edits, one of the best things we can do is take a step back and look at our images from the perspective of our viewers. We should ask ourselves what is it about this image that we want our viewers to look at? If we can answer this question we can then look at our image to see if what we want them to look at stand out and are there any items in the image the pull the eye away and distract the viewer.    



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This tutorial shows 5 different methods for controlling light and colour to lead the viewers eye to the areas of interest. There are many more ways of working with light in Photoshop, this tutorial covers:

Levels Adjustments: I use the white point, rather than the levels adjustment to control the brightness of areas in the image. 
Curves Adjustments: I use this to do some simple darkening of the sky in the image.
Selective Color Adjustments: This method allows me to control the brightness of colours in the image and also their hue.
Luminosity Masks: I use luminosity masks to work in selective areas of the image without impacting areas I don’t want to effect.
Color Range & Gradient: I use the Colour Range tool to accurately make a selection from a colour then use the Gradient tool to transition the adjustment through a loaded selection.


  1. Robert October 23, 2017 at 5:17 am #

    Thanks Aaron, really enjoyed this tutorial

  2. Valerie October 23, 2017 at 7:41 pm #

    Yet another great, easy to follow tutorial. Thanks.

  3. Toni October 24, 2017 at 12:27 am #

    Awesome Aaron, thanks so much

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