Thursday, 21 October 2010

Over The Rainbow




















Have you ever seen a beautiful rainbow and thought, wish I had brought my camera? Well if all else fails you can always add one with photoshop. There are several ways to do this but this is my version, which I have simplified as much as possible.

Open your image and make a new layer like so.













Next select the Gradient Tool in blue. Go to drop down, click on little arrow top right of box and select special effects. Then click append.



Your new gradient box should look like this.














Select box (blue arrow) and click on radial gradient (blue circle).

Now let's create the Rainbow.
Place the cross hairs to the right of the image and hold and drag to the left of the image. Once you release your rainbow is formed. Like so! (REMEMBER You can drag from left to right or top to bottom depends on the shape of rainbow you require.)




















Now go to the layers bottom right and change to screen and drop the opacity (marked blue). I dropped the opacity to 22 % to create a subtle effect.













Now go to filter- blur- gaussian blur.  Set a radius of around 50% and select ok.














You should end up with a nice rainbow.




















Because I have water in this image I wanted to keep the reflection but remove the rainbow on the bushes. To do this is simple, just select the History Brush and paint over the areas where you want to remove the rainbow colour. 

















Finally go to layer on top tool bar and flatten image.




















There you have it, a nice Rainbow effect. 


As always if you have any problems let me know. 

13 comments:

Sarah C said...

Looks amazing x

Sandra said...

Oh boy, one i think i can do. now to get time to play. thanks and the photos is great with or without the rainbow

ju-north said...

Great effect!!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

When I first opened this post I was amazed at your capture... You are so clever! I cannot wait to try out your detailed instructions...very helpful!

Genie

Robin said...

Thanks for the hint. Will be trying it right away!

Information said...

This is very nice and like real ..

Stacey Dawn said...

Awesome - thanks for sharing! Can't wait to try it!

Amelia & Mihai-Stefan CHIRCA said...

Nice & useful lesson. Thanks!

Elaine said...

Fantastic effect! I'll have to try this.

T. Becque said...

I love the tutorial - thanks! I wish I had your knowledge with this program!

Montanagirl said...

That's pretty good Photo Shop work. I like how the rainbow turned out.

S. Etole said...

Going to have to give this a try ...

Dave said...

excellent rainbow effect Kev, i keep on telling myself to try this but cant seem get the time to actually do it.