Flip day to moonlight with Photoshop mix modes

Out climbing one morning, I got here throughout this path resulting in the purple rocks within the distance. Not a good time of day to seize a picture … Until one is prepared to do some post-processing with a software program like Photoshop to boost the imaginative and prescient. Because of this I market myself as a ‘Lens Based mostly Artist.’

Imaginative and prescient

I appear to have the power to see the ultimate picture in my mind as I’m out and about making images. As quickly as I noticed this scene, the sensation of a lit path on a moonlit night jumped into my head. This referred to as for a set of bracketed images from below to overexposure. 5 stops labored nicely. Photoshop mix modes made it potential to create a plausible actuality inside the fantasy.

bracketed exposures for Day to moonlight
5 photos one cease aside had been made. I select to work with the second and final picture for this mix.

Course of

I used Adobe Digicam RAW on the 2 photos I chosen. First, I processed for highlights and shadows in every seize, figuring out I might mix the lighter picture into the darker. The lighter picture was layered over the darker one. With each photos highlighted, I invoked Auto Align below the Edit menu because the sequence was captured hand-held. This ensures the images is not going to find yourself with ghosting edges.

overexposed photo used to create highlights
The overexposed picture was used as a layer to color in highlights after slightly processing in Adobe Digicam RAW.
underexposed image for night scene
An underexposed picture was used as the bottom for the conversion to a moonlight scene.

I positioned a masks crammed with black on the sunshine publicity layer. Subsequent, I used a brush to color on the masks with white, revealing the lighter pixels. Then, I painted the highlights on the trail, by means of the bushes and on the distant purple rocks.

Promoting the scene

To assist promote the thought of an evening picture, I went to my recordsdata for a generic starry sky. I clipped the sky to the sky choice. A picture clipped to the one under will solely have an effect on the layer to which it’s clipped. Then, I turned the star layer to Display screen Mode. This has the impact of constructing the lighter pixels seen whereas hiding the darker pixels. I lowered the opacity to 65{0ceb0872235c2341eb3fc7f555aa6a26c53fb78135eb9f3141c748155889df8a} to lower a few of the brightness.

Stars picture from my recordsdata was blended with the precise sky part.

Look Up Tables

I used Look Up Tables, AKA LUTS to mix colours total. A Moonlight LUT in Gentle Mild Mode lowered the opacity. This made the picture a bit too blue for me. Subsequent, I added a second LUT referred to as FallColors. Search for elevated saturation within the hotter tones. As with nearly all of those LUT’s, the I modified the mix mode and lowered the opacity to style.

Layers from Photoshop
Photoshop Layers Palette turning Day to moonlight. Word: Masks, LUT’s, Curves and Mix Modes had been all used to make this picture.

Closing tweaks

Lastly, I added three Curves layers to regulate particular tones and finalize the picture. One for adjusting the sky alone, one other for the foreground. I added the third for total tone adjustment, and a masks to fine-tune the outcomes, masking small areas from that brightening adjustment.

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Closing picture as an evening scene.

Yours in Artistic Images, Bob