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3D Lights on 2D Images

Corey shows you how to get realistic lighting effects on 2D images using 3D lights in Photoshop CS5 Extended.

15 comments on “3D Lights on 2D Images

  1. This could be useful in multiple ways also couldn’t it Corey. Say you wanted to take a party scene and make multiple little lights around the scene of different colors. Make it pop a bit more. If there was already lights in the photo.

    Nice tip and effect either way. Thanks Corey.

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  4. Great lesson here, though it leaves me wondering (as I have since CS4) whether light positions and other parameters can be animated in CS5? For example, what if you wanted those spotlights to wave around, changing angle over time. Can changes to 3D mesh-y stuff be “keyframed” in Photoshop?
    I recall trying to figure out, say, how to animate an illuminated lamp swinging above a table top, so that cast shadows moved as the lamp moved through space. To my amazement, and Adobe confirmed this at the time, it could NOT be done in CS4.
    Have things improved on that front? I hope what I’m asking makes sense, and if anyone can make it happen, it’s YOU. Thanks!

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