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make picture look like it is night

Jul 15, 2013, 01:19
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make picture look like it is night
I have an almost finished picture but I need to make it night and just darkening the picture doesn't really make it look like it is night... what can I do to the picture to make it look like it is night outside???
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Jul 15, 2013, 07:53 (This post was last modified: Jul 15, 2013 08:11 by iForStyle007.)
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RE: make picture look like it is night
It all depends on how bright your lightsource is (if moon only, then there will be only one color, usually a grey, or dark blue/purple)

In this case: Colors > Colorize
- Hue: 230
- Saturation: 50
- Lightness: -31

Adjust "lightness" to darker(left) if the moon isn't present in the picture.

Scenario 2. The night light source is from a human-made light/s

Before you change the color
1. Duplicate layer
2 Repeat step above with "Colorize" on the top layer
3. Erase away the parts with human-made lightsources
Example: for a street lamp, you would erase away a cone/triangle under the light or a soft glow around it revealing the bottom/original layer.
Scenario 2 will require you to be a little more creative/imaginative of how the light casts on the building, ground & environment.
Your bottom layer will have a normal brightness with natural colors, that will show through when you erase.

Good luck!


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Jul 15, 2013, 09:55
Post: #3
RE: make picture look like it is night
(Jul 15, 2013 07:53)iForStyle007 Wrote:  It all depends on how bright your lightsource is (if moon only, then there will be only one color, usually a grey, or dark blue/purple)

In this case: Colors > Colorize
- Hue: 230
- Saturation: 50
- Lightness: -31

Adjust "lightness" to darker(left) if the moon isn't present in the picture.

Scenario 2. The night light source is from a human-made light/s

Before you change the color
1. Duplicate layer
2 Repeat step above with "Colorize" on the top layer
3. Erase away the parts with human-made lightsources
Example: for a street lamp, you would erase away a cone/triangle under the light or a soft glow around it revealing the bottom/original layer.
Scenario 2 will require you to be a little more creative/imaginative of how the light casts on the building, ground & environment.
Your bottom layer will have a normal brightness with natural colors, that will show through when you erase.

Good luck!


wow, hue, saturation, & lightness is all it took??? cool! thank you! this is the first time a not a mod helped me!
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Jul 15, 2013, 22:04
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RE: make picture look like it is night
(Jul 15, 2013 09:55)moltres_rider Wrote:  wow, hue, saturation, & lightness is all it took??? cool! thank you! this is the first time a not a mod helped me!

lol, thanks I think... night-time effect is fun to do. Look at those pokemon GB games at nighttime for more ideas maybe.
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