See the image below? Transform this cloudy country side picture into a stormy and dramatic evening by adding simple lightning effects!
Start off by duplicating the default layer (CTRL+J) as Layer 1.
Bring out the Levels Window (Ctrl+L) and apply settings until you see lumps of clouds appearing (Input Levels: 30/0.75/175).
NOTE: Results/settings may vary as each clouds/difference clouds rendered may differ.
Next, we should remove areas which are too bright. Follow these sub-steps:
1) Go to Windows > Channel (to bring out the channels window).
2) Hold CTRL and click on Red channel (to make a selection).
3) Go to Select > Inverse (or press Shift+CTRL+I) to invert the selection.
4) Go to Select > Feather (or press CTRL+ALT+D) and set radius : 10 pixels.
Select layer mask of ‘storm’ layer and further adjust the levels (CTRL+L) until you have something like this (Input Levels: 0/1.70/180):
NOTE: Again, results/settings may vary as each clouds/difference clouds rendered from previous steps may differ.
First, create a new layer (Shift+CTRL+N) and name it as ‘lightning’. Using the Rectangular Marquee tool (M), select a square box (holding down the Shift key while dragging will create a perfect square). Bring out the Gradient tool (G) when you are done.
With the selection still active, go to Filter > Render > Difference Clouds (or just press CTRL+F as it is your last applied filter).
NOTE: Difference Clouds rendered differs as it is randomly generated.
Before & After
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