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You must have basic knowledge of photoshop to do this tutorial.


In this video tut ill show you the basics of importing an image into photoshop with an alpha channel and then removing that channel for further PS editing.

Also will show you how to make realistic looking lightning.

Enjoy.
Steve
DP Studios

credit: film [link] ~clandestine-stock
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:iconraijin69:
Raijin69 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
thanks for the tut..^^
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unscenemedia Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
omfg I never realized I could just CTRL click the alpha channel lmfao... I always manually selected it >.< I'm such a noob.
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:icondigitalphenom:
DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
lol...always cool to learn new little tricks :D
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ltripley Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008
This is magnificent but I have one question. Once your lightening bolts are made, how could you replace the black with a real sky stock image?

-Ripley
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BnW-JACK Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
dude this has helped me so much thank you very much x
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:icondigitalphenom:
DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Your very welcome, glad it helped you
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of-the-animator Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008
This was by far the best lightning tut I've seen. Never would have thought to start with a gradient... always started with clouds, then difference clouds.

This is much better.
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:icondigitalphenom:
DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thank you...Im glad it helped you :D
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CapturedCosmicDebris Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Damn that was easy. It's amazing to me how scared I was of PS when I first bought it - like it would be so incredibly hard to use... But more and more it's just...easy.

Thanks for making it that way, Steve. :heart: You've taught me so much!!
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:icondigitalphenom:
DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
aaaahh yes i felt the same way and back then there was few to no tutorials....so its my pleasure to help you :D im glad its working for you! :hug:
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CapturedCosmicDebris Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:glomp:
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:iconkarichi:
Karichi Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
omg dude that lightning one was sick! omg thats is just too kewl! -calms down- ok im done ^^v
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:icondigitalphenom:
DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
lol Thank you so much :)
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:iconkarichi:
Karichi Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
ur welcome ( i tried it yesterday and it was amazing! and sooo easy X3)
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:iconla-fairy:
LA-Fairy Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great I am just using it to make the magic in a potter blend! Thank you!
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:icondigitalphenom:
DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
awesome...glad it helped you :D
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:iconla-fairy:
LA-Fairy Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now let's hope I win the challenge with my awesome lightning effect :giggle:
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:icondigitalphenom:
DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
ooh did you upload it so I can check it out?
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:iconla-fairy:
LA-Fairy Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not yet..It is an whole set.. like 5 sigs put into an 1000x1000 pxl canvas.I have like 3 done so far,and the third is missing text,cuz on that one blend it refuses to put large text on it.....I have it on 72 arial and it appears like a few dots..LOL. Those are the ways photoshop reminds you that it's only a program not an friend XD
I will post the link on your main page,kay? Since celeb pics are tabu here.
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Faerie-s Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Professional Filmographer
this is such an awsome tutorial!!!! thank you!!!!
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:icondigitalphenom:
DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
your very welcome :D
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mztr0nix Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
cool tut!
but something went wrong to me....
if i do like you in the video
he told me that there are no pixels selected :(
so i don't know how to fix it

hope you can understand what's the problem
please help me :D
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:icondigitalphenom:
DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
hhmm im not really sure what part your talking about...I can help you but please tell me exactly what part your on when you have this trouble.
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CaptTechDude514 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007   Interface Designer
very nice tutorial ;)
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:iconcoolokoy:
coolokoy Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
very nice trick.. this is it!!! your a master....[link]
Amazed
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:icondigitalphenom:
DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
hey thank you but it says that link is dead..sorry about that
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:iconartistic-minds:
artistic-minds Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007  Student Filmographer
Wow! that was great! You really make it simple but still have the same effect as others do! Nice!
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:icondigitalphenom:
DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
thank you..im glad that it helped you :D
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dilfill Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2007
for the lighning how would you comp it with like a sky br?
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:icondigitalphenom:
DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
if you take the finished layers of lightning and merge them...then drop them on your new picture and adjust the blending modes until it bests suits your picture....its hard for to pinpoint what mode will work best for your pic...but its all in the blending modes and opacity. I hop that helps...let m know. :)
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xloganx Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
Whoa, that's crazy!

Great work.
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:icondigitalphenom:
DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
thank you.....Im glad it helped you. :)
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norwayguy Featured By Owner May 10, 2007
wow.....GREAT WORK! make more (down on knee and beg while hold to you fot)

alpha player: i looked for that LONG TIME

thunder tut:...pure awsome!
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:icondigitalphenom:
DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner May 14, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much...I really appreciate it!! :D :D
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pooferfish333 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007   Digital Artist
hey a good idea for the lightning (if it is going to be the focus of your picture) is to add a layer underneath everything and just render difference clouds instead of having a plain black background
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:icondigitalphenom:
DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
yep....you can add this to any kind of background...I just had a request for the lightning. :)
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1lovesdevine Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007
:headbang: wonderful tutorial :)
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:icondigitalphenom:
DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :D
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:iconthe1blur:
The1Blur Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DP you are so awesome...i dont know why i didnt think of that. You made it look so easy! Now i think i can take that and with the Photoshop Knowlegde i already have, i can take it out the black and place the lightning bolt whereever i want it. If i have any problems I sure know who to call! THANX!!
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DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thats awesome Im so glad it helped you! :D
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DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
lol..yeah more requested stuff. :XD:
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Kjherstin Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
Oh man you do not sound like you're from Illinois at all. I love your accent. I can't seem to concentrate on the tutorial because of it :giggle:
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DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
LOL I have a southern accent I think...Im from southern Illinois but lived near Chicago for about 9 years....the southern accent is coming back I think :lol:
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:iconkjherstin:
Kjherstin Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
sexyness!
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:iconjustinrampage:
JustinRampage Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. Very helpful! :)
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:icondigitalphenom:
DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Your very welcome. :D
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:iconsteven-becker:
Steven-Becker Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks steve, very useful info, i guess i owe you and boss a...:beer:
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:icondigitalphenom:
DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
lol....yeah..i had to ask...i wasnt sure either...lol
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