A rainbow is a stunning sight that fascinates anyone who sees it. It is a sign of hope and peace that nature brings into our lives. Now, you can recreate this majestic sight! Make your outdoors and landscape photos stand out with our newest free Photoshop tutorial. Learn how to add a rainbow effect on Photoshop and make memorable pictures even more gorgeous.
In this free Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to add a rainbow effect to any photos easily. Just follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Open the photo that you want to use in Photoshop. This photo will show as the Background layer in the Layers panel.
Step 2: Add a new blank layer above the Background layer. Click on the New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. Rename the new layer “Rainbow”.
Step 3: Select the Gradient Tool from the Tools panel. Open the Gradient Editor by clicking on the Gradient Picker in the Options Bar at the top of the screen.
Step 4: Load the Rainbow Gradient by clicking on the small arrow in the top right of the Gradient Editor. A drop down list of additional gradient sets will appear; select the Special Effects gradients. Click Append to add the new Special Effects gradients with the original gradients.
Step 5: Click on the Russell’s Rainbow thumbnail to select the gradient. Click OK to exit out of the Gradient Editor.
Step 6: Select Radial Gradient from the Options Bar to make the rainbow gradient appear as an arc when we draw it.
Step 4: Add the rainbow colors to the image. Hold the Shift key down and drag out a radial rainbow gradient from right to left in the image.
Step 5: Change the blend mode of the rainbow layer to Screen. You can do this by going up to the blend mode options in the top left of the Layers panel. The colors of the rainbow effect will now blend in better with the photo behind it.
Step 6: Apply the Gaussian Blur filter. Blur the colors of the rainbow to make it look more realistic. Go up to the Filter menu in the Menu Bar at the top of the screen, choose Blur, and then choose Gaussian Blur. Drag the Radius slider to soften the color transitions in the rainbow. Click OK when done.
Step 7: Add a Layer Mask. You can do this by clicking on the Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.
Step 8: Choose the Black To White Gradient. With the Gradient Tool still selected, right-click anywhere inside the document window to quickly access the gradient presets thumbnails. Click on the Black to White gradient’s thumbnail to select it. Press Enter when done to close out the gradient list.
Step 9: Choose Linear Gradient from the Options Bar.
Step 10: Drag a Black to White Gradient on the Layer Mask. A real rainbow usually appears brighter as it reaches higher into the sky. Give the rainbow that same effect by dragging a black to white gradient from the base of the rainbow to the top of the image.
Step 11: Duplicate the Rainbow Layer to Increase its Brightness. Simply press Ctrl+J to duplicate the layer. If the rainbow is too bright, lower the opacity of the duplicated layer.
Step 12: Group the two Rainbow Layers. Grouping related layers makes it easier to keep the Layers panel organized. With the top layer selected, hold down the Shift key and select both layers at once. Then, go up to the Layer menu at the top of the screen and choose Group Layers.
There you have it! Recreating a rainbow effect using our free Photoshop tutorial is definitely an enjoyable experience. Remember, you can print your masterpiece using the Canon i8650. This inkjet produces vivid and brilliant colors that will make the rainbow in your photos truly stand out.