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!
1. Download any image of cloudy-sky and open it in Photoshop.
2. Press ‘Ctrl J’ to duplicate the layer. Press ‘Ctrl M’ to re-adjust the curves on the curve-tool.
3. Again duplicate this layer. Apply the radial-blur (Filter → Radial Blur). Set the zoom value to 100. Change the blend mode to ‘multiply’.
4. Create a new-layer. Rename it to ‘storm’. Apply ‘cloud’ filter (Filter → Render → Clouds)
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.
6. Press ‘Ctrl L’ and adjust the levels. Set the input value to 30 / 0.75/ 175.
7. Change the blending mode to ‘color-dodge’.
8. Press ‘Ctrl T’ to transform and scale the clouds. Right-click on the selection and select ‘perspective’. Stretch the corners and press enter.
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.
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.
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.
12. Apply the difference-clouds filter (Filter → Render → Difference Clouds).
13. Invert the selection. Press ‘Ctrl I’.
14. Press ‘Ctrl L’ to adjust the level.
15. Change the blending mode to ‘screen’. Use eraser to remove the hard edges.
16. Transform the image (press ‘ctrl t’) to place the lightning as where you want it.
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: