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pano - Basilika St Martin - WeingartenIf your photos look flat and if you want to add some more interesting lighting effects to them in post-processing this tutorial is for you.

You should really try to get the lighting right in camera while you’re shooting. But sometimes, the light just isn’t right when you are shooting, or maybe you want to achieve some different look when you post-process the image. In those cases, you can fix the image to a certain degree. In this video, I am going to show you a simple trick for creating a spotlight effect in Photoshop to improve the overall lighting.

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5 Responses to Hands-on Photo Tips: How to create a spotlight effect in Photoshop

  1. John Coffey says:

    Great stuff Klaus, very impressed!

    John Coffey

  2. Paul says:

    Brilliant tip Klaus definitely a good one!

  3. Great tip with the spotlight Klaus. What do you think about Lightroom’s 4 vignette adjustment. You can create great vignette in seconds.

  4. Jane says:

    Awesome tips!

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