Quick-Masking Soft Light Leaks on Photographs in Photoshop
This is a tutorial on how to recreate light leaks on photographs similarly to the those found on film photos that have been exposed to light via a crack or gap in the case. It is not as sharp and defined as most light leaks, as a softer finish is more appealing in this case.
1. Quick Mask Mode
- Open your image up in Photoshop.
- Select the Quick Mask (bottom of Toolbar), go Select –> Edit in Quick Mask Mode ( or Press Q):
- And Invert the Quick Mask, Ctrl/Cmd + I, this will help you see the adjustments you make.
2. Masking with the Brush Tool
- Grab the Brush Tool with settings: Radius 1800px, Hardness 0%, Flow 30%, as shown:
- Paint around the edges, as shown:
- Press Q once finished!
3. Adjustment Layer Curves
- At the bottom of your Layers Tab select the black and white circle and choose Curves, or Layer –> New Adjustment Layer –> Curves:
- Increase the RGB Channel up perpendicular to the line.
- Increase the Red Channel up perpendicular to the line.
- Decrease the Green Channel down perpendicular to the line.
- Decrease the Blue Channel down perpendicular to the line.
- As shown in the screenshot, select the channels by click the tab just above.
- The results may vary, however not greatly, only minor adjustments will be needed.
4. Adjustment Layer Levels
- To increase the contrast you can use Levels, go Layer –> New Adjustment Layer –> Levels:
- Move the Black slider right and the Gray Slider right slightly, as shown:
5. Retouching Curves Mask
- You can also go back to the Curves Layer Mask and make adjustments:
- I added a line using a Bi-Linear Gradient, FG Only White, as shown:
That’s It! Here is the Before/After:
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