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Creating Painterly Light with Blend Modes

Photoshop’s blend modes can be applied in surprising ways to create painterly light, ethereal ambiance, and beautiful luminous accents. In today’s tutorial, we’ll employ a combination of blend mode, filter, and layer style techniques to produce a photo composite that closely resembles a beautiful classical painting.

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Creating Dramatic Moody Lighting

Hollywood films, such as the recent Boxtrolls, are wonderful examples of how to achieve a dramatic moody look through the use of carefully directed light and shadow, the play of warm and cool colors, and subtle inclusion of atmospheric effects like mist.