How to Convert or Convert a Photo from Day to Night with Photoshop

The program of Photoshop image editing provides us with a wide variety of tools to get the most out of our creations. Sometimes, when editing a certain photograph or image, we want to capture its best angles and the time in which it is presented is an important factor.

What can be obtained with a daytime image is not the same as with one at night, the elements and tones change. For this reason, in the following guide we will explain how to convert or pass a photo during the day to one at night with Photoshop.

How to convert or convert a photo from day to night with Photoshop

First of all, to carry out the following steps we have to choose a daytime photo or image which we want to turn into a night photo. And then, the way to proceed for this conversion requires, of course, to have downloaded the Photoshop program from its official website.

Step 1. Darken

We start by taking our already chosen daytime image and the layer will be duplicated following the commands Ctrl + J – Command + J. Once this is done, we proceed to right-click on the duplicated layer and press “Convert into smart object“Knowing how to use smart objects is useful because they allow us to re-modify the arrangements that are going to be made next.

Then you are going to follow the following steps to apply the night effect: “Image> Adjustments> Curves …“(Ctrl + M-Command + M) and then lower the exposure of the layer by applying:”Image> Adjustments> Exposure …“.

daytime and nighttime

Next you must apply certain simple adjustments regarding the curves and they are the ones that we will detail here below:

  • There is a channel called RGB and there you have to move the three points behind the diagonal.
  • The red and green channel make sure to lower them more to the right side about half.
  • As for the blue channel, you leave it as it is.

Step 2. Lighting

Later, we go again to duplicate original layer (Ctrl + J – Command + J) and then we must convert it back into a smart object. Next, we move the new layer made, well above the one that is darkened, to work on the lights of our photo.

So, to apply the above you have to follow the path: “Image> Adjustments> Curves …“(Ctrl + M – Command + M). In addition, you have to control the brightness of the layer, increasing it by pressing the options:”Image> Adjustments> Brightness / Contrast“.

You also have to configure the curves in this step as in the previous one and you are going to leave it as follows:

  • With the RGB, green and red channels you don’t have to do anything, just leave them as they are.
  • As for the blue channel, you have to identify the midpoint of the diagonal and that it remains low, in order to give a yellowish tone to the photograph.

Step 3. The layer mask

If you already know how a layer mask works, you are going to incorporate one into the newly made highlight layer until it is completely covered. And to execute this step you must click on Alt + Click – Option + Click on the layer mask icon.

using layered mask with photoshop

Finally, you choose a brush with 0% hardness, white and an opacity of 20% to draw in our image the part that we want to see with light. And if you prefer, you can use the best brushes in Photoshop for better results when you want to apply the aforementioned.

As end points …

If you see that in the image you plan to place concentrated light only in a certain part, it is necessary to use el lasso diagonal (L) to define such places. Also, to give it a more real touch, the typical one of the nights, you can add stars using a small, white, low-hardness brush.

Additionally, there are other elements that you can insert like Moon, which you must download and cut its background, previously, to incorporate it into your image. And to reduce its size you can press Ctrl + shift key and position the image where you want in your photo.

Now you know how to convert a photo during the day to one at night in Photoshop, and what remains is for you to put what you have learned into practice, success!

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