As promised here’s a short Photoshop tutorial I’ve put together that shows how you can spice up the background in your portrait shots by first of all adding a ‘spotlight’ effect behind your subject. Also for those of you who like to use coloured gels on your backgrounds in the tutorial I show how you can fake this look very simply and very quickly.
As I use Photoshop CS5 the first part of the tutorial shows how the effect can be created using tools only found in CS5 such as the Refine Mask command, however I also show how you can create a similar effect just as quickly using CS4 or earlier versions by making use of Blend Modes.
As always any feedback / comments are welcome so please feel free to make use of the comments section below.
In the mean time have a great weekend.