May 09, 2008
Last month we had written an post announcing that we would write 4 tutorials on how to create Light Painting in Photoshop, Fireworks, Pixelmator, and GIMP. The first was the Photoshop, and you can check it out at Create a Glowing Light Painting Effect. Today we will show you how to create the effect in Fireworks.
I have to say, I took quite sometime trying to find the right combination of effects and blend modes, however I believe I have found the simplest one, and achieving practically the same result as in Photoshop
Open a new document, the image I used can be found here.
Now get an image of The Beatles Abbey Road cd.
With the Pen Tool(P) lets create paths, you can use white for the stroke color. Tip: Don’t use fill.
Here lets change the stroke settings, to do that, select all paths and then go to the type of Stroke and select Stroke Options... Use the image below for reference and values.
After that click on the Advanced button. Play with the settings to see how they change the strokes, then just group the paths.
Duplicate the group 3 times so there will be 4 groups. After that apply a Gaussian Blur with 2 radius to the 2 groups on the top. Then select the 4 groups and change the Blend Mode to Overlay.
The Beatles are shining, now we have to do the crosswalk. Create a rectangle (it will use the same stroke settings we used before). Copy this rectangle several times, after that aling and distribute them like the image below. Then group the rectangles.
Use the Distort tool to adjust the perspective of the rectangles. Use the photo for reference and try to follow the vanish points. After that add a Gaussian Blur with 1.3 radius and change the Blend Mode to Overlay. Duplicate this group to make it brighter.