In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to create Light Wraps in Photoshop. Light Wraps (or Light spills) is a technique that video compositers use, that helps them create better blends between the background and foreground.
Usually you would use a program like Adobe After Effects to create a Light Wrap for video footage, but in this tutorial we’ll of course use Photoshop to apply this technique to photographs.
You can think of a Light Wrap as a way to simulate the ambient light in a scene that would be casted on to the subject by the background.
This effect is meant to be very subtle, you may not even notice it, but that’s the whole point. It’s all those little details that make the biggest difference in the end.
In my second example I’ll show you how to apply a light wrap to a scene where the subject is indoors and in a darker area.
I’ll also show you how to add ambient color to the subject so that it blends better in the scene.
Remember that this is a tutorial that is showing you a technique that could be created and applied in many different ways, and that you may find different blending modes, or adjustments that work better in your scene.
It’s more important for you to learn why this effect can help your images, rather than the specific values that I use.
Also keep in mind that this tutorial is all about Light Wraps and we’ll disregard other issues that these composites may have. But I do think that these examples do help illustrate the benefit of Light Wraps.
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