The Lighting Effects filter is fun to explore when you’re getting started, and can do a surprising job of emulating different types of light. The best way to get a feel for it is to do a simple and subtle effect.
Now say you want to bring attention to the far bar and wall in Figure below by making it seem as though it is a bit darker outside .you want the recessed lights shining down, illuminating the bar. One click of the Lighting Effects filter can help.
This is a fairly flat and uninteresting photo of a wine-tasting area
I also brought down the intensity of one spot light. You can see an approximation in the preview window as you make changes. You can compare your settings to mine in Figure below.
The Lighting Effects dialog box settings for each of the two spotlights
The Lighting Effects filter gives a good result, but has put a dark shadow over the light bulb in the hanging fixture on the right. Now you must manually touch up the hanging fixture on the right to bring the light back in.
Now take a look at your results, the likes of which are in Figure below. Your eye is drawn to the bar, and for a quick pass this works rather well.
The before and after images—a subtle but effective change
This is definitely one of those things that you just have to play with to familiarize yourself with the possibilities. It’s also a prime candidate for one of my exploded views! Check it out in Figure below.
The exploded view of the Lighting Effects dialog box.
The Lighting Effects filter comes with 17 presets. Table below shows an example of each of them at their default settings.
Lighting Effects Filter Style Presets
You can always choose from three types of lights:
Again, the best way to learn what this filter can do for you is play with it. The next shot gives you a more dramatic use of the Lighting Effects filter. The advanced day for night shot that follows after the quickand- dirty version creates the shot without using the Lighting Effects filter at all.
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