Moody, evocative lighting adds ambiance to everything it illuminates. In today’s Photoshop Workbench tutorial, we’ll create a glowing, light bulb effect. As we play, we’ll discover the power and flexibility of working with a custom brush, toy around with light in a variety of creative ways, add cinematic lens flares, and even make one of the bulbs appear as though its shorting out and throwing off sparks. Thanks to the brilliance of Photoshop’s layers styles, we’ll also fashion a 3-dimensional appearance for our text without using any actual 3D tools. Wow!

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About The Author

Adobe Photoshop Luminary

Mark S. Johnson is an Adobe Photoshop luminary, a photographer, an author, and one of the most passionate instructors you will ever encounter. Through the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, The Radiant Vista, and Boulder Digital Arts, he has lectured in front of and worked side-by-side with countless individuals, including Adobe’s Chief Executive Officers, Jane Goodall, the U.S. Ambassador to Finland, and Academy Award winning director, Louie Psihoyos. Mark’s tutorials appear regularly on the KelbyOne and Planet Photoshop websites, and his imagery and articles have been featured in Photoshop User, Photo Techniques, Nature’s Best, and After Capture magazines. He is a contributor to Dewitt Jones’ heartwarming Healing Images campaign and a Trey Ratcliff Flatbooks author.