Photoshop tutorial: Photoshop's layer effects explained

How to create vibrant images with Photoshop's layer effects

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Step 8 Create a new layer. Click around the edges of the lenses with the Polygonal Lasso tool until they are selected, and fill with black. I added a bit of a subtle star-field to mine for adde d interest. Apply the same effect to both lenses.

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Step 9 In order to add more detail to the lenses, I added a second layer of stars and shifted them to a blue hue using the Hue/Saturation palette. You can find plenty of star shots on the web for this effect.

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Step 10 For the mercury tears, I used a picture of water drops, turned them to greyscale using Hue/Saturation, then used the Levels palette to amp up the contrast. Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to select the drops and hit the Layer Mask button to drop out the background. Apply a subtle Drop Shadow layer style to add depth to your drops.

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Step 11 Create a new layer and, using the Brush tool, add some wild colours over the top of the drops. Once the colours are done, set the Blending Mode to Overlay and reduce the opacity to 60%.

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Step 12 Hunt down a couple of light source images, I suggest streetlights or eclipse shots. Paste them into Photoshop, set the Blending Mode to Screen, adjust the levels in order to drop out the background and apply any masking that is necessary.

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Step 13Create two new layers. On the first, set the Blending Mode to Screen and the opacity to 46%. Use the Brush tool to apply some soft colour to the back of the head – I suggest using pink and blue. Then on the second layer, use the Gradient tool to apply a full blue to pink gradient across the canvas. Set that layer to Overlay and the opacity to 22%.

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