The night shooting usually takes place on a long exposure that is why all the moving luminous objects leave very evident lines and flames. Let’s try making some experiments with a luminous Ferris wheel.

We’ll need in this case the Radial Blur filter and some of experience working with layer masks.

1. Firstly we need to create a copy of the layer (CTRl+J).

Create The Night Shooting in Photoshop CS3

Select after that the next option, Filter > Blur > Radial Blur, where we have to move the slider on Amount on 10 selection. Choose next on the Blur Method list the Spin selection. Change after that the Quality value on Good and press OK.

Create The Night Shooting in Photoshop CS3

Create The Night Shooting in Photoshop CS3 >

Make one more copy of the layer and give to the new copy the Screen blending mode.

Create The Night Shooting in Photoshop CS3

2. Merge down the last two layers by choosing the command Layer > Merge Down (Ctrl+E) and set for the new result the Screen blending mode.

Create The Night Shooting in Photoshop CS3


This layer we’ll hide with a mask, selecting in the menu the next option: Layer > Add Layer Mask > Hide All.

Create The Night Shooting in Photoshop CS3

Next we’ll select the Brush Tool (B) to paint the mask accurately with white color to make visible only the wheel.

Create The Night Shooting in Photoshop CS3

3. When painting the mask, we need to try not to touch the unmoving objects, like the pavilion or the wheel’s supports. Their blurring could be very inappropriate for our final result. On the other hand, we need all the moving parts of the wheel to be painted out very accurately.

Create The Night Shooting in Photoshop CS3

4. Make a copy of the layer

Create The Night Shooting in Photoshop CS3

and select for it Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, having a radius of 10.

Create The Night Shooting in Photoshop CS3

Create The Night Shooting in Photoshop CS3

Make a click on the mask and fill it with black color (Edit > Fill).

Create The Night Shooting in Photoshop CS3

Create The Night Shooting in Photoshop CS3