Lightning Brush

Lightning Brush Effects

Screen shot 2013-11-06 at 8.50.30 AM 16 lightning cracks in stone Creating a Lightning Brush

  • Find two images of lightning (click here for a great free source of stock photos)
  • Open one of the lightning files in Photoshop
  • 1 lightning original
  • Make sure the foreground color in the tool bar is set to black and the background is set to white
  • Go to Window—>Channels
  • 2 lightning Channels 3 lightning channels
  • Click on the Red channel
  • We want to create a duplicate of this channel. Click and hold on the Red channel and drag it to the Create New Channel icon located on the bottom of the Channels panel (next to the trash icon)
  • 4 lightning red channel copy
  • Make sure the Red copy channel is selected
  • Go to Image—>Adjustments—>Levels (or Command L)
  • 5 lightning levels before
  • Below the Options button, there are three eyedropper symbols.  Select the one on the left (if you hold the mouse over each of them, you want to select the one that says ‘sample in image to set black point’)
  • Click on the light gray area near the lightning bolt
  • This will create contrast
  • 6 lightning levels after
  • Press OK when you are done
  • Press Command I to invert the image
  • 7 lightning invert
  • Use the Marque Tool (M) to make a selection around the lightning bolt
  • Go to Edit—>Define Brush Preset
  • 8 lightning brush preset
  • Press OK
  • Open the second lightning bolt file up in Photoshop and repeat all of the steps

Using the Lightning Brush

  • Open a new file in Photoshop
  • Use the Paint Bucket Tool to and fill the background with black
  • Add a new layer
  • 10 lightning add layer
  • Click on the fx icon at the bottom of the layers panel
  • Select Bevel and Emboss
  • 9 lightning layer style
  • Adjust the Depth to 300-500%
  • Make sure the Direction is ‘Down’
  • The Highlight Mode should be ‘Screen’
  • The Shadow Mode should be ‘Multiply’
  • Press OK
  • Select the Brush Tool (B)
  • Change the foreground color to a bright blue
  • Go to Window—>Brush
  • Select one of the lightning brushes
  • Click on ‘Brush Tip Shape’
  • Adjust the angle and size
  • Click to use the Brush Tool
  • 12 lightning use lightning brush
  • Change the angle and size again and lower the opacity of the brush
  • 13 lightning adjust opacity on brush
  • Add the second lightning brush
  • 13 lightning adjust opacity on brush 14 lightning use two brushes

Other Uses with the Lightning Brush

  • Click on the image below
  • stone texture
  • Once it opens in a new window, download it in and open it in Photoshop
  • Add a new layer
  • Click on the fx icon at the bottom of the layers panel
  • Select Bevel and Emboss
  • 9 lightning layer style
  • Adjust the Depth to 300-500%
  • Make sure the Direction is ‘Down’
  • The Highlight Mode should be ‘Screen’
  • The Shadow Mode should be ‘Multiply’
  • Press OK
  • Select the Brush Tool (B)
  • Change the foreground color to black
  • Go to Window—>Brush
  • Select one of the lightning brushes
  • Click on ‘Brush Tip Shape’
  • Adjust the angle and size
  • Click to use the Brush Tool
  • 15 lightning crack in stone
  • Adjust the angle and size of the brush
  • Continue to use the Brush Tool
  • Keep adjusting the size, angle, and opacity
  • Switch between both of the lightning brushes you made
  •  16 lightning cracks in stone