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A brief guide in day to night conversion in Photoshop

Read this step by step guide for converting day time photographs to twilight images using Photoshop.

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A brief guide in day to night conversion in Photoshop

  1. 1. ManipulatingphotosinPhotoshopenablesuserstocreatetheirdesiredeffectandpresentthe imagesinacontextualizedmanner.Oneofthemosteffectivefeaturesisthedaytonightconver- sioninphotoshop,wherescenescapturedduringthedaycanbepresentedasnightscenes.At times,youmaywanttoeditanimageclickedduringthedayandpresentitasanightscent.The imagemayappeartobeheavilyeditedortoodark.Inthesecases,youcanusethedaytonight editingfeatureinPhotoshopandincorporatethechanges.Inthistutorial,youwilllearnhowto turndaysceneintoanightsceneusingPhotoshop.Thisincludesaddingstarstothenightsky andothereandothereffectsintheimage. ABRIEFGUIDEIN DAYTONIGHT CONVERSION INPHOTOSHOP
  2. 2. 02 Hereisadetailedguide,thatwillhelpyoutoincorporatethenecessarychanges: SELECTINGTHESKY Step1: UsetheMagicWantTooltoaltertheToleranceoftheimageto100.However,agoodcontrast shouldexistbetweenthebuildingsandtheskytomakethehightolerancework. Step2: Afterselectingthesky,usetheMagicWandTool.
  3. 3. Step3: Inordertogetabetterviewoftheselection,youcangototheQuickMaskMode.Youneedto painttheareasthatdonotbelongtotheskyusingabrush.Inthebackground,themountains maybeaffectedbytheskycolour.Itiswisetomakethemountainsapartofthesky. Step4: ExitExitfrom theQuitMaskModeandgoto‘RefineEdge’whichyouwillfindunderthe‘Select’ option,ensuringthattheselectionisallright.Now,youneedtochooseaviewthatgivesyouthe bestviewoftheeffects. 03
  4. 4. 04 Step5: IncreasethevalueofSmartRadiusandmakethenecessarychangesinothersliders.Thiswill helpyoutogainthebesteffectinthephotomanipulationprocess.Whenthedesiredeffectis achieved,pressOK.
  5. 5. Step1: Goto‘Adjustments’fromthe‘Windows’optionandchooseHue/Saturation. Step2: TheAdjustmentLayerhastobeclippedtothelayerbelow,whereyouhadplacedthesky.Now, theLightnesshastobeadjustedtogiveadarkercolourtothesky. DARKENINGTHESKY 05
  6. 6. 06 Step3: ALayerMuskispresentineveryAdjustmentLayer.Youshouldknowhowthisworksout,when youturndaytonightinphotoshop.Whileyoupaintonamask,thetransparencyofthelayergets defined.Itbecomestransparentwhenyouuseblack,opaquewhenyouusewhite,andvarious shadesofgrayform theotherstagesbetweenthem.Youneedtoclickonthemasktomakeit active. Step4: UsetheGradientToolpresentintheupperpaneltochangeittobrightgray-white.
  7. 7. Step5: Thegradienthastobeappliedtothemaskfrom thebottom.Asaresult,theupperpartwill becomewhiteoropaque,andthelowerpartwillbecomebrightgrayorslightlytransparent. Step6: UseUsePhotoFilterintheAdjustmentPaneltodarkenthebackgroundlayer.Thecolourneedstobe changedtodesaturatedblue,adarkershade.NowuncheckPreserveLuminosityandadjustthe effects. 07
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  9. 9. Step7: Abluetintshouldbeusedinthesky.YoucanusethePhotoFilteroptiontomakethesechanges. Youcanuseabrighter,saturatedtoneforthesky.Theadjustmenthastobeclippedtoaffectonly thisarea. 09
  10. 10. Step8: Ingeneralcases,theskyappearsbrighterthanbuildingsthatarenon-illuminated.Therefore,the lowerlayerhastobedarkenedalittlefurther.YoucanduplicatethePhotoFilteradjustmentand minimizetheOpacitytogetthedesiredeffect. Youcanmakethesechangesthroughphotoeditinginphotoshopintheimages.Theseeffects areoftenusedinrealestateimages. 10
  11. 11. Step1: Inordertocreatethestars,anewlayerhastobecreatedonthetop.ThePaintBucketToolhas tobeusedinordertofillitwithblackcolour.GotoFilter,thentoNoiseandchooseAddNoise. Youneedtoaddblack-and-whitenoisetothephoto. Step2: SelectFilter,thenFilterGalleryandchoosetheStampoptionfromSketch.Adjustthesettingsto createthedesiredeffect.Astheskyisnottotallyclear,nottoomanystarswillberequired. CREATINGSTARS 11
  12. 12. Step4: ChoosetheBlendingOptionsbyrightclickingonthestarslayerandtheupperblackmarkerhas tobedraggedtothemiddle,inordertointegratetransparencyinthedarkerareaofthelayer. Step3: Movethestarsoverthesky,usingtheMoveTool. 12
  13. 13. Step5: YouneedaLayerMaskatthisstage.Afteraddingit,youcanmakethelowerareaappeartrans- parentbyusingablackandwhitegradient.Towardsthetop,itgraduallyturnsopaque. 13
  14. 14. Step1: Youcanchoosethewindows,presentinthebackground.Thepanesneedtobeselectedusing thePolygonalLassoTool.YoucanalsoselectafteryoucloseaselectionbyholdingtheShiftkey. 14 Step2: Duplicatethebackgroundlayersectionandmoveittothetop. ILLUMINATINGTHEWINDOWS
  15. 15. Step3: ChooseBlendingOptionsafterrightclickingonthelayer.Thecolourhastobechangedtobright orangeaftercheckingColourOverlay. Step4: ScrollthroughtheBlendModetillyoufindtheintendedeffect.NowchecktheOuterGlowinthe image.YoucanexperimentwiththeBlendModeandmakeadjustmentsinthesliderstogetthe desiredeffect.Makesurethattheeffectissubtle. Youcanseekexpertservicesforrealestatephotodaytonightconversionfrom theestab- lishedcompanies. 15
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  17. 17. Step1: Incaseyouwanttoaddanewsourceoflight,useanybrightobjects,forinstance,lanterns,in theimagetointegratethischange.YoucanselecttheshapeofthisobjectusingthePolygonal LassoTool. ADDINGANEW SOURCEOFLIGHT Step2: Duplicatethelightofthelanterninthebackgroundlayerandthenewlayerneedstobedragged tothetop. 17
  18. 18. Step3: SelectBlendingOptionsbyrightclickingonthelayer.TurntheColourOverlayintowhite. Step4: TheOuterGlowhastobeturnedbrightorange.Tryoutdifferentsettingstogetthedesiredresult. 18
  19. 19. Step5: Anewlayerhastobecreatedandithastobedraggedbelowthelantern.Usingasoftbrush, paintthebrightorangelightaroundthelantern.Thebrushcanbemadeevensofterbylowering theFlow. 19
  20. 20. Step6: IntheBlendingOptions,thelowerblackmarkerhastobedraggedtotheright.Thiswilleliminate thebrightorangecolourfromtheshadows. Theeffectcanbemademoretransitionalbysplittingthemarker,byholdingAlt.Whenyouconvert daytonightinphotoshop,thesefeatureswillhelpyoutoachievethedesiredeffect. 20
  21. 21. Step7: Inordertogainthebesteffect,youcangothroughtheBlendModesandchoosetherightone. Step8: ALayerMaskhastobeaddedtothislayer,whereyouneedtopainttheshadows.Takecare thatthelightdoesnotgetintotheareasthatareblockedfromit.Youcanpainttheshadowsin thewindowsusingblackandremovethemusingwhite. 21
  22. 22. Step9: Takethebrightorangecolourandcreateanewlayer.Theprotrudingelementsofthestructureare tobepaintedwithcertainhighlights.Thiswillintegratea3Deffectintoit. Step10: TheeffectcanbemadesubtlerbyalteringtheBlendModeandaddingaLayerMasktoit. 22
  23. 23. Step11: Theglowhastobeduplicatedandchangedintowhitecolour.Removethisfromthedarkerareas, leavingthebuildingwithbrightelementsonly.Theyshouldnotbevividlycolouredandreflecta greateramountoflight.TheBlendModehastobechangedandtheOpacityhastobeadjustedto getthiseffect. 23
  24. 24. 24 Thisisoneofthemostdelicatestagesintheadobephotoshopdaytonightphotoconversionpro- cess.Ifyouarewillingtointegrateanearlymorningorlateeveningeffectintotheimage,youneed tofollowthesestages: Step1: Thefinalbrightnessofthescenehastobeadjustednow,asyouhaveallthenecessaryelements. AnewAdjustmentLayer,Levels,hastobeaddedatthetopofthelayers.Thewhitemarkerhasto bedraggedtotheleftandthevolumeofbrightshadeshastobeincreasedinthescene. ADDINGANEARLYDAWNORLATE DUSKEFFECT
  25. 25. Step2: Createanewlayeranduseblackcolourtofillit.AddGradientOverlayfromtheBlendingOptions andintegratetheshadesofalowsunintoit. 25
  26. 26. 26 Step3: Clickontheskylayer,holdingControl,togettheoutline. Step4: AddaLayerMaskafterclickingonthegradientlayer.Theselectionwillbeappliedtothemaskon itsown.Inordertoshowthemountainspresentinthebackground,youneedtopaintonthemask.
  27. 27. Step5: Theskyhastobeduplicatedandyouhavetodragittothetop.Integratethecloudswithspecialef- fects.Youcanalsoaddhueorsaturation.Theadjustmentlayerhastobeclippedtotheduplicated sky.Nowdesaturateitandincreasethebrightnesstoacertainextent.Youcanseekprofessional Realestatephotoeditingservicestomaketheseimagesmoreappealing. 27
  28. 28. 28 Step6: NowaLabelsAdjustmenthastobeadded.Clipit,andincreasethecontrastofthesky. Step7: NowMergeallthethreelayers,includingtheAdjustmentLayersandthesky(ControlE).Inthe newlayer,gototheBlendingOptionsandeliminatethebrightareasofthesky.Youcanusethe lowerwhitemarkerforthispurpose.TheBlendModehastobechangedtoSoftLightandthe Opacityhastobelowered.
  29. 29. Step8: ThislayerhastobeduplicatedandyouneedtoexperimentwiththeBlendingOptions.Remove thedarkcomponentsfromthesky.TheBlendModehastobechangedtoSoftLighttoo,butthe Opacityshouldbe100%.Ifrequired,youcanadjustitwithalayermask. Step9: Inthefinalstage,youcanintegrateanExposureAdjustmentinthetoptoenhancetheoverall brightnessoftheimage.Theskycanbedraggeddownslightlytomakethecoloureffectmoreso- phisticated. 29
  30. 30. Step10: Incasethebackgroundappearstoobright,youcandarkenitusingtheHue/Saturationoption, alongwithmasking. Step11: Youneedtomergeallthelayersatthisstage.Youcanaddnoiseintheimagefrom theNoise optiontomaketheimagelookmorerealistic. 30
  31. 31. Youcanapproachtheexpertsforhigh-qualitydaytoduskconversionservices.Theseimagesare extensivelyusedintherealestateindustry,forpresentingproposeddesignsandplanstothecus- tomers.Getacrosstoanestablishedphotoeditingcompanyfordaytonightconversionservices. CONCLUSION 31

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