Photoshop Video Tutorial: Creating Fake Highlights

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: July 30, 2012

Category: Videos

Hey Folks,

Happy Monday to you 🙂

Ok so to kick the week off, here’s a Photoshop Video Tutorial I’ve put together for creating fake highlights.

Fake Highlights? Allow me to explain…

Now of course there’s nothing better than getting things right ‘in camera’ but when it comes to the lighting, what are you supposed to do after the fact when you maybe want to add some highlights or even tweak those that are already there?

Well here’s a technique for doing just that…for adding in or tweaking highlights, and it’s one I tend to use on a fairly regular basis when putting together composites; however it’s also a technique that can be used in any image and what’s more it’s quick and easy to apply…

As always if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to make use of the comments section below. In the mean time though. Whatever you’re up to today, have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow,

Glyn 🙂

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  1. DaveT

    Hi Glyn,

    Great tip-thanks!

    Is it possible to alter the colour of the highlight? I’m thinking of instances where I may want to add or enhance ‘rim lighting’ to a subject shot in daylight outdoors.


    • Glyn

      Sure thing Dave; check out the Highlight section at the bottom of the Layer Style dialog box and there you can choose the colour of the highlight 😉

  2. claudio von grubens

    Hi Glyn,

    great stuff – easy to use! will try this next week if my camera misses some highlights 😉


  3. Mike Gray

    Thanks for sharing Glyn, you make this look so easy when you know how.
    Must get on one of your workshops.

  4. Russ Robinson

    This is an immensely useful tutorial, and something that I’ve never seen any compositor share. Your generosity and willingness to share are truly admirable, kind sir!

  5. Allen Ross Thomas

    Great timing! I was just figuring out how to do it this weekend. I was doing it wrong ;-).



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