Semaphore Lights Effects

Semaphore Lights Effects

This tutorial will teach you to create amazing “magic” color effects using some simple methods. It will greatly beautify every fantasy-style work.

Create a new file (File>New) that must have 1280×1024 px and 72 dpi. Use immediately after that the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to paint the made layer in black color.

Semaphore Lights Effects

Next we have to select the Rounded Rectangle Tool (U) with a radius of 10 px and draw the basis reserved for many – colored lights that would compose our picture. The color in this case is black.

Semaphore Lights Effects

Apply the next parameters on the last made layer by making a mouse click on the processed layer in the layers’ panel: Blending Options>Drop Shadow

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Blending Options>Inner Glow

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Semaphore Lights Effects

Use now the Ellipse Tool (U) to represent the primary layer of the colored small lights.

Semaphore Lights Effects

Make three copies of the last represented layer and select Free Transform option to place the copies exactly the way shown next image. We have to apply also the next parameters for each layer.

Semaphore Lights Effects

The parameters for the Red light: Blending Options>Outer Glow

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Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

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Gradient’s parameters:

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The parameters of the Orange light: Blending Options>Outer Glow

Semaphore Lights Effects

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

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Gradient’s parameters:

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The parameters of the Green light: Blending Options>Outer Glow

Semaphore Lights Effects

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Semaphore Lights Effects

Gradient’s parameters:

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The parameters of the Blue light: Blending Options>Outer Glow

Semaphore Lights Effects

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

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Gradient’s parameters:

Semaphore Lights Effects

 

Semaphore Lights Effects

On the next stage we’ll create a new layer (Create new layer) and select the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to paint the new layer in black. Select after that the Brush Tool (B) to represent the colored luminescence, coming from the lights. This layer should be placed lower than the layers containing the colored lights (on the layers’ panel).

Semaphore Lights Effects

 

Semaphore Lights Effects

Select for the last created layer next option: Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur

Semaphore Lights Effects

 

Semaphore Lights Effects

Create one more new layer (Create new layer) and choose the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to paint it in black. The new layer will be placed lower than the layers containing the colored lights (on the layers’ panel). Use after that the Eraser Tool (E) and Opacity of 20% to erase the elements as below for getting the same result:

Semaphore Lights Effects

The picture is finished!

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