Making a Natural Lightening Strom

Making sceneries in Photoshop is yet another big trait of the software. The easiest way to create a storm is to use filters and blur. Clouds are not so difficult to manage, however, with little effort; one can make the real-looking lightning bolt. Below is the tutorial for the natural lightning storm creation. Let’s start!

STEPS

1. Download any image of cloudy-sky and open it in Photoshop.

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2. Press ‘Ctrl J’ to duplicate the layer. Press ‘Ctrl M’ to re-adjust the curves on the curve-tool.
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3. Again duplicate this layer. Apply the radial-blur (Filter → Radial Blur). Set the zoom value to 100. Change the blend mode to ‘multiply’.
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4.  Create a new-layer. Rename it to ‘storm’. Apply ‘cloud’ filter (Filter → Render → Clouds)
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5. Then, apply ‘difference-clouds’ (Filter → render → difference clouds). Press ‘Ctrl F’ to apply the same-filter for several times until you get this look.

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6. PressCtrl L’ and adjust the levels. Set the input value to 30 / 0.75/ 175.
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7. Change the blending mode to ‘color-dodge’.
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8. Press ‘Ctrl T’ to transform and scale the clouds. Right-click on the selection and select ‘perspective’. Stretch the corners and press enter.
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9. Now, for the removal of the brighter areas, go to the channels-palette (windows → channels). Press ‘Ctrl’ and click on Red-channel. Go to ‘select’ and click on ‘inverse’. Again go to ‘select’ and click on ‘feather’. Set the value of the radius to 10px.
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10. Press Ctrl L to set the levels and reduce the high-end darkness. Now, set the foreground color to black. Grab the soft brush and use it to remove some bright-areas of the image. Use the eraser to erase the darkness over the grass.
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11. Create a new-layer. Rename it to ‘light’. Grab the rectangular-marquee tool and draw a square. Select the gradient-tool. Set the foreground color to black and background to white and create a gradient inside the selection.
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12. Apply the difference-clouds filter (Filter → Render → Difference Clouds).
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13. Invert the selection. Press ‘Ctrl I’.
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14. Press ‘Ctrl L’ to adjust the level.
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15. Change the blending mode to ‘screen’. Use eraser to remove the hard edges.
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16. Transform the image (press ‘ctrl t’) to place the lightning as where you want it.
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17. Press ‘Ctrl J’ to duplicate the layer. Press ‘Ctrl T’ to transform it. Place it in collaboration with the first lightning strike. Repeat the step so as to produce a creative image like below:
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BEFORE

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AFTER

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Author: Haseeb Khan

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