Planet of Storms: Applying the Rain and Lightning Effects in AKVIS NatureArt

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Tutorial: AKVIS NatureArt

Planet of Storms


The author of this tutorial is Robert (Norway).

In this tutorial we'll add rain showers and lightning to this photo to give it an otherworldly appearance.

Original Image
Original Image

  • Step 1. Open the original image in Adobe Photoshop.
  • Step 2. Let's add some rain. First make two copies of the main layer.

    Choose the first copy and call the AKVIS NatureArt plugin (via Filter -> AKVIS -> NatureArt). Once the plugin has opened choose Rain from the list of effects. Select the entire image with the Selection Bucket and adjust the parameters as you wish or use the settings below.

    AKVIS NatureArt Plugin's Workspace

    Press to process the image. If you are satisfied with the result, press to close the plugin and return to Photoshop's workspace.

    Adjusting the Rain Effect
  • Step 3. Choose the second layer copy. Call the AKVIS NatureArt plugin again, select the Rain effect and change the settings slightly. Process the image and press to apply the result and return to the graphics editor. Change the opacity of this layer to 25%.
  • Step 4. Now that we've added some light rain to the image, the next step is to create a new layer. After this open Edit -> Fill from the menu and select 50% Gray from the list.
    Selecting Fill Method

    Apply the AKVIS NatureArt plugin to this new layer, using new settings for the Rain effect. Slightly change the size and length of the raindrops, but do not big changes to the other settings. Process the image. Press to apply the result, and in the graphics editor change the layer's blend mode to Overlay and reduce it's opacity to 40%.

  • Step 5. Repeat Step 4 a few times until the light rain becomes a heavy downpour. The final result was created with five layers of rain.

    We're finished with the rain, so we can now combine all the layers into one (via Layer -> Merge Layers).

  • Step 6. Now let's add a bolt of lightning. Begin by creating a new layer and filling it with 50% gray. Call the AKVIS NatureArt plugin and choose Lightning from the list of effects. Select the tool from and draw branching strokes for the lightning. Adjust the settings as shown below.
    Drawing LIghtning

    Process the image and press to close the plugin's window.

    Prepared Lightning
  • Step 7. Change the layer's blend mode to Vivid Light and adjust the size and position of the lightning bolt on the image.
    Changing the Size and Position of the Lightning Bolt

    To make the lightning three-dimensional, create a few layers with different lightning bolts, place them below the first bolt, and then use the Overlay blending mode.

  • Step 8. After following all of these steps we'll get this result:
    Result: Planet Of Storms
    Final Result
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Presets — Presets
   — Tips & Tricks — Tips & Tricks
   — Preferences — Preferences
Effects Effects
   — Rain — Rain
   — Sun — Sun
   — Water — Water
   — Lightning — Lightning
   — Clouds — Clouds
   — Frost — Frost
   — Rainbow — Rainbow
   — Aurora — Aurora
   — Fire — Fire
   — Ice — Ice
Examples Examples
   — NatureArt Gallery — NatureArt Gallery
   — Torch of Liberty — Torch of Liberty
   — Above the Sea — Above the Sea
   — Day & Night — Day & Night
   — Flaming Text — Flaming Text
   — The Sea on a Midsummer Night — The Sea on a Midsummer Night
   — Playing With Light — Playing With Light
   — Tempest in a Glass — Tempest in a Glass
   — Greeting Card with a Christmas Tree — Greeting Card with a Christmas Tree
   — Enchanted Forest: Adding Fog & Mist — Enchanted Forest: Adding Fog & Mist
   — Smoke & Sandstorm Effects — Smoke & Sandstorm Effects
   — Frosty Window — Frosty Window
   — Planet of Storms — Planet of Storms
   — Frozen River — Frozen River
   — Ice Rose: Art of Freezing — Ice Rose: Art of Freezing
   — Creating an Animated Avatar — Creating an Animated Avatar
   — Sunset Picture — Sunset Picture
   — Fiery Girl:  Drawing with Flame — Fiery Girl: Drawing with Flame
   — Water Effect on Specific Areas — Water Effect on Specific Areas
   — The Cat and the Rain — The Cat and the Rain


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