Creating a Light Wrap in Photoshop

In this tutorial I run through a simple way to create a light wrap in Photoshop to improve the look of photo composites. It’s a pretty quick run through, but once you know how to do it it’s easy to play around with to get the look you think looks best. It doesn’t work in every situation, but well worth knowing about.

I’ve also created a Photoshop action to make the task relatively automated. You can download the action below the video – it’s free.

A big thanks to Jon Reid for the shots I used in this tutorial!! Check out his site, his travel photography site or his blog – do it!

Get the Photoshop action:

When you use the action make sure you name the layer above the background ‘Subject’ for it to work properly…
When I learn how to reference a layer by it’s position in the layer order and not by it’s name I’ll do a tutorial on that too 🙂

Download as a ZIP file(.zip) - PS Light Wrap Action(zip) (1607)
Download as a 7ZIP file(.7z) -
PS Light Wrap Action(7zip) (865)

5 replies
  1. Shane
    Shane says:

    hahaha! Yeah, there are a few things I could have done better, but I really didn’t feel like recording it all again… 🙂

  2. Megan
    Megan says:

    You should show the result in the beginning of the tute so that people don’t waste their time looking at something that they don’t want. So, for not showing the result in the beginning, I dub you a fag. Also for your accent.

  3. Shane
    Shane says:

    Hahaha! I’ll take the advice. Sorry about my accent – I’ll move to another country. You are very funny, for a lesbian.

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