We will simply paint the light sources in this step. Look for any necessary lights, window lights, etc.

Make sure your Night mask is selected in step one.

a. Pick a gentle, black brush. 100% opacity should be used.

d. Fill the first lamp with paint. Observe how it becomes yellow. (If you paint the mask away on a white shrub, the blue will reappear if you cross the lines.)

d. Enlarge the photo and add colour to the other obvious lamps. What fun this is!

e. Also choose a few windows that you would like to see lit and paint them. A doorway or two, perhaps? It’s up to you; be imaginative and enjoyable.

The following step is flood light after you have painted your light sources.
A light will have an impact on its surroundings. Since illumination is the aim of a light, it will create more lighting areas around it. Now let’s practise that.

a. Increase the size of your brush (right-bracket key).

b. Lower the transparency to about 30% (Set the pressure to Transfer>opacity if you’re using a Wacom tablet.)

c. Lightly paint a spot of light beneath the lamppost.

d.The light will also affect the wall, paint on that too

e. Reduce the size of your brush and repeat the process for the other lights. Don’t forget to add some shine to the area around the entrance on the right side of the street.

Due to reflections, the lights will shine a little stronger if the ground is moist and softer if it is dry.

It might be wise to give them a slight shine and lessen the light at this time. (This also aids to balance out your brush stokes).

f. With the mask chosen, pick Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur (softening the light by blurring the mask).

We will add a varied amount of glow depending on the outcome you desire. greater radiance results from the presence of greater atmosphere. The figure will be higher on a misty night (guesstimate it. It is good if it appears good. The figure will be lower on a clear night.

I went with 37.

The professional from the average is determined by this phase. As it pours over and catches the borders of 3D objects in real life, light will define the contour of things. Thinking works in precisely the same way as dodging and burning, but light painting is done at night and with light. We are incorporating shape and depth.

A. Set your brush to 50% opacity and your tablet’s flow to 23 or less.

Here is a close up of the lamp to demonstrate

b. Paint around the top rim that is facing the light bulb.

c. Also paint around the bottom rim

See how it is adding dimension and realism?

Before any light painting, have a look at this close-up of the vegetation beneath the bulb.

Here is the outcome of the light painting. To give depth, you’ll see that I painted the tops of the leaves and flowers. This is the stage when you can work quickly by just shaping the image. I completed this rather quickly, but if you put some serious work into it, you can achieve amazing results. Publish them in our Facebook group so I can view them, please!

d. Look for other surfaces that would receive light and paint them

See how much realism is added?

Nearing the finish line! The specular light, or the brilliant part of the actual light bulb, is added as the final phase.

a. Add a new layer to the top and give it the name light.

b. Pick a fresh foreground hue. Make it yellow and purchase items that are so brilliant, they almost appear white.

c. Set the opacity and flow of your brush to 100%.

d. Adjust the size such that the brush just barely exceeds the lightbulb.

a. Paint the bright highlight after tapping with a shrub. The lights are actually on now!

f. Continue with the remaining light sources.

You’ve successfully changed day into night, congrats! Practise with a few additional pictures and save this page for later.

I sincerely hope you liked this tutorial! Even though it required a lot of labour on my part, I had a lot of fun creating it and showing you how I did it. Share this tutorial on social media to help spread the word.

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