Brilliant Backlight or Rim Light Effect in Photoshop
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Brilliant Backlight or Rim Light Effect in Photoshop

Create highly realistic Rim Lights or Backlight Effect in Photoshop just by utilizing the power of Layer Masks. Learn the principles of Backlighting and the Physics involved to understand the effect even better and get it closer to reality. Also, we’ll be adding Filters and Adjustment Layers creatively to make the image more interesting.

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Whether you are retouching a portrait or an object, the secret to creating amazing rim light is to have a perfect selection of the subject. The more precise and accurate the selection, the more realistic the effect. In this tutorial, after learning how the phenomenon of diffraction works, and what role does it play in shaping the backlight, we will learn how to combine masks and groups of layers to create this effect. However, the effect by itself does not add mood or drama to the image. In order to add that, we can experiment by trying different combinations of adjustment layers like Color Lookup with Blend if and Vibrance.

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