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Get a real rainbow on simple picture only in several minutes
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By Moderator
Published on 08/29/2008
 
The next lesson we'll try to get a real effect of the rain on a simple picture and decorate it with a rainbow, which must be done also by ourselves.

Get a real rainbow on simple picture only in several minutes - page 1
The next lesson we'll try to get a real effect of the rain on a simple picture and decorate it with a rainbow, which must be done also by ourselves.

I used this image: Coldstream Mill from Flickr.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

1. Open our picture and select out of the Layer menu the selection New Adjustment Layer > Curves. Set on the curve two points, giving it the S letter's shape, to enlarge the image's contrast. Press OK then.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

2. Select in the menu the next option: Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation to create a new adjustment layer. The Saturation slider should be on the -32 value, press OK also after that.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

3. Choose now out of the Layer menu another option - New Fill Layer > Solid Color. Press OK to create a layer.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

Select in the Color picker window a very dark-blue color or even the black one.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

Change its Blending Mode on Multiply and bring down the Opacity's value till 70%.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

4. Select Solid Color layer and click on Layer Mask, take then the Brush Tool (B). Give it the black color as a working color. Choose after that a brush of a small diameter with softer edges, giving it the Opacity of 75%, and try to paint very accurately the buildings in the mask.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

5. Removing the color out of several details like grass and trees is possible if reducing the level of the brush's Opacity till 50%, after that painting the details with black color. Leave the color on the picture's top half and bottom.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

6. Create a New layer and make a click on the Gradient Tool. Click on the gradient preview in the options bar. Make another click on the small black pointer in the Gradient Editor dialog box, the pointer being situated on the right top part of the window. Select in the menu showing up the Special Effects.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

We are interested only to preset gradient Russell's Rainbow.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

Make a click on light gray 'color stop' over gradient line and insert the 75 value in the Location field.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3


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7. Mark out on the options' bar the Radial Gradient.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

Represent after that a gradient's line.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

Open the Gaussian Blur (the menu Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) and insert the 20 value in the Radius field.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

8. Change the layer's Blending Mode with the rainbow circle on Screen. Using Move Tool you can place the rainbow on any part of the image.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

9. Use Gradient Tool again and select the gradient preview on the options' bar and click again on the small black pointer, choosing this time the Reset Gradients. Find the Foreground to Transparent

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

but on the options' bar we must mark out the Linear Gradient.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

Draw a line with the same tool from the bottom to the top part just to damp down the lowest part of the rainbow.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

10. Erase the unnecessary parts of the rainbow, applying the Eraser Tool.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

11. Let's create now the rainbow imitation. Create New Layer and fill it with white color.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

12. Insert now the noises, using the Add Noise filter. The Amount parameter must have the value of 100. Mark out the Uniform mode and tick on the Monochromatic.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

13. Select in the menu Image > Adjustments > Levels, moving the black slider on a quarter of the axe.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

14. Blur out the noises, applying the Gaussian Blur selection out of the Blur group. The Radius option 0.8 pixel.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

15. Let the picture through the Motion Blur filter, changing the Angle parameter on 60 and the Distance on 60.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

16. Apply after that the Plastic Wrap filter of the Artistic group. Give it the next parameters: Highlight Strength — 20, Detail — 14, Smoothness — 3.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

17. Open up Filter > Other > High Pass. Select for the Radius the value of 70.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

18. Finally lay over the Motion Blur filter with the same parameters mentioned above, changing the layer's Blending Mode on Hard Light and Opacity - 20%.

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3

Experiment On!

Create Real Rainbow in Photoshop CS3