How to manuallly create glossy/metallic lightning effect on object?


like the title says, is there a way to manually create a glossy/metallic lightning effect on certain part of the object ? I am using Adobe Photoshop CS6.

This is my image, i want the light on my figure look glossier and reflective My image

And this is the result that i wish to achieve: Image belongs to Kuroneko_oxyz

11/1/2016 2:34:00 PM

Accepted Answer

So, since you have the metal texture on a lot of your image, it's going to be difficult (and probably not desirable) to get a "plasticy" gloss on your figure.

However I can recommend a couple of simple techniques to amp up the reflectiveness that you've already got going on.

First let's look again at your original image.

Original image

Now, let's start off by using the levels adjustment so that we can amp up the whites and create more contrast.

Using levels

Next, if you want to go even further, take the pen tool and outline sections of your image that you want to be even more reflective. Go ahead and right click to make that area a selection. (I didn't feather because I prefer to blend manually for stuff like this later)

Using the pen tool to make a selection

Now, add a gradient from white to transparent following the already present direction of light on your image.

Adding the white gradient

Next, head over the the layers panel and set the gradient layer to overlay with about 20% opacity or so (really, whatever looks best to you).

layer settings

Repeat the pen tool steps for each highlight on your image that you want to amplify. For this example, it did one other small section on the dude's biscep.

Finally, blend the edges of your new gradient sections using the blur tool.

Highlight more and blend

Let me know if you have any questions and/or if this method works for you!

Final image with more reflection

11/1/2016 3:52:00 PM