People often associate Photoshop lighting effects with images of speeding cars and the cosmos. But these effects work well in many types of art, as we’ll see in this tutorial.

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Here the aim is to take a hand-drawn artwork – Craig has chosen a piece provided by his friend, illustrator Zoe Veness (available in the project files) – and give it an extra dimension using various lighting techniques. You will learn how to seamlessly incorporate glows, flairs and sparkles; the methods covered work equally well with pencil or pen drawings.

As always, do experiment – happy accidents are to be welcomed.

Time to complete

3-4 hours


Photoshop and paints

Project Files

Files for this tutorial are downloadable from here.

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