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Whether you're transforming a flat object into three dimensions or simply want to add a new or additional light source to a photograph, Photoshop has a great filter for the job. For example, I added a light source using the settings shown in Figure 9-11 to this image of my nephew, to place the attention more on his face and chest as opposed to the brightly colored grass in the background.

Original image

Image with new light source added to focus attention on the child's face and chest

Original image

Image with new light source added to focus attention on the child's face and chest

TRY IT To add a lighting effect to your image, first make sure the image is open in Photoshop and the appropriate layer is active in the Layers palette, and then choose Filter I Render I Lighting Effects.

Figure 9-11 The options for the Lighting Effects filter include ways to color the light and adjust its direction.

Figure 9-11 The options for the Lighting Effects filter include ways to color the light and adjust its direction.

If you want to try one of the predefined lighting styles Photoshop has provided for you, choose one from the Style menu at the top of the Lighting Effects window. Otherwise, leave the Style set to Default to create your own. Click the top and bottom color samples on the right side of the window to adjust the color of the Light Type and Properties, respectively. Select the Light Type—Directional, Omni, or Spotlight—and adjust the settings as needed.

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