How to Make a Soft Light Photoshop Action to Create a Backlight Effect

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How to Make a Soft Light Photoshop Action to Create a Backlight Effect
  04-29-2021, 11:34 AM
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What You'll Need
To recreate the design above, you will need the following resources: 1. Let's Get Started
Step 1
First, open the photo that you want to work with. To open your photo, go to File > Open, choose your photo, and click Open. Now, before we get started, just check a couple of things:
  1. Your photo should be in RGB Color mode, 8 Bits/Channel. To check this, go to Image > Mode.
  2. For best results, your photo size should be 2000–4000 px wide/high. To check this, go to Image > Image Size. Our image size is currently a bit larger, but we are going to crop it in the next step.
  3. Your photo should be the Background layer. If it is not, go to Layer > New > Background from Layer.
Step 2
Now we need to crop the canvas on the top and the sides. Choose the Crop Tool © and transform the Crop Box as shown below:
2. How to Select the Subject
Step 1
In this section, we are going to make a selection of our subject and then copy the subject to a separate layer. Choose the Quick Selection Tool (W), and select the background of the photo. Use the Shift-Alt buttons on your keyboard to add or subtract some areas from the selection. After you've made a perfect selection, press Control-Shift-I on your keyboard to invert the selection.
Step 2
Now go to Select > Modify > Smooth and set the Sample Radius to 5 px. Then, go to Select > Modify > Contract and set Contract By to 2 px. After that, go to Select > Modify > Feather and set the Feather Radius to 2 px as shown below:
Step 3
Press Control-J on your keyboard to create a new layer using the selection, and name this new layer Subject.
3. How to Create the Backlight Light Source
Step 1
In this section, we are going to create the light source. Select the Background layer, go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer, and name it Light Source.
Step 2
Now choose the Brush Tool (B), pick a soft brush and set the foreground color to 
#ffffff
. Then, brush where you want to create the light source. Feel free to use a different brush size.
4. How to Adjust the Lighting
Step 1
In this section, we are going to adjust the lighting. Select the Background layer, go to Image > Adjustments > Levels, and use the settings below:
Step 2
Now go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color to create a new solid color fill layer, name it Background Color, and choose the color 
#000000
 as shown below:














Step 3
Change the Opacity of this layer to 70%.
[Image: changing-opacity.jpg]
Step 4
Now select the Subject layer and change the Blending Mode of this layer to Soft Light.
[Image: changing-blending-mode.jpg]
5. How to Make the Final Adjustments
Step 1
In this section, we are going to make the final adjustments to the design. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves to create a new curves adjustment layer and name it Color Look.
[Image: creating-new-curves-adjustment-layer.jpg]
Step 2
Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and, in the Properties panel, enter the settings below:
[Image: adjusting-curves.jpg]
Step 3
Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels to create a new levels adjustment layer and name it Overall Brightness.
[Image: creating-new-levels-adjustment-layer.jpg]
Step 4
Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and, in the Properties panel, enter the settings below:
[Image: adjusting-levels-2.jpg]
Step 5
Select the Subject layer and press Control-J on your keyboard to duplicate it. Then, change the Blending Mode of this layer to Normal.
[Image: duplicating-layer.jpg]
Step 6
Now press Control-Shift-U on your keyboard to desaturate this layer. Then, go to Filter > Other > High Pass and set the Radius to 2 px.
[Image: adding-high-pass-filter.jpg]
Step 7
Change the Blending Mode of this layer to Vivid Light and name it Subject Sharpening.
[Image: changing-blending-mode-2.jpg]
You Made It!
Congratulations, you have succeeded! Here is our final result:
[Image: final-result.jpg]
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