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SIMPLE SPECIAL EFFECTS WITH PHOTOSHOP

How to use Photoshop (or similar app) to make simple, fun especial effects for renders etc :)

ORIGINAL IMAGE

IMAGE WITH SPECIAL EFFECTS ADDED

It's quite simple, actually, to add some special effects to an image with Photoshop, or similar 2D app :)

The basic principle is this:

If you draw a line, stamp a brush or such on a new layer, then add an outer glow, you can make an interesting effect look!

You can find brushes just for such use on the Net, in the demonstration pics below I've blurred them a bit to protect the brush maker's work, by the way.
You can get swirls, stars and all kinds. You could also use paths to create your own designs, and use "Stroke with brush" to paint them in with white (the strongest easiest colour to work with for such).

Other possible techniques are instead, to fill a layer with a gradient, use a design as a mask to cut it out leaving a cool looking effect behind.

Note that by adjusting the layer type, from Screen, to Multiply etc, you can get other looks.

Also, when I rendered the staff, I put a small light inside it with a custom lens flare inside it, to make it glow, very useful tip for general 3D work when wanting such items to look lit up.


Adding some lines and stars above the head of the staff, putting them on seperate layers,
then using Transform Scale and rotate, to set them into place.


 


And now add a Layer Style with a greenish blue gradient
(it's one of the defaults that comes with Photoshop called "Deep Sea")


Here's how it looks in the Photoshop window.


See, pretty simple, but effective!! :)

 

I hope you find this of use! :)

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