Façade Photoshop Tips and Tricks

Façade Photoshop Tips and Tricks

Façade photoshop is necessary only when showcasing the facades majorly at mid night or when the sun is down. It shows the reflection of light and how having lights within the façade can make or break the whole look of any estate. There are multiple kinds of photoshop tricks that one can try to make the look of a façade. But first, you need to have photoshop app in order to change the look of any kind of estate. Many architects and designers use these tricks to show their clients how their estate will look with the kind of façade they want. Some people may also want to try and do the trick themselves for which Surfaces Reporter (SR) has given a brief on how to use photoshop for some of the tricks but before that, lets know how many types of tricks one can try for making a virtual image of the façade.


The virtual effects that can be given to a façade are brushes from dialux effect, flare effect, water brush. Floodlight effect, up-light effect, glowing effect, linear fitting effect, cove light effect, glass effect, moon and stars, bollard light, wall wash, post top light, indoor light effect from windows, water effect and step light. Each kind of effect requires a different technique but in this article, you will know about the basics and most commonly used tools for editing a façade in photoshop.

Majorly, making all these effects require the same photoshop tools. A person with minimum knowledge of photoshop will find no problem making different layers for each effect. All you need to know is how to cut the area, fill the area with pen tool and measure the temperature of shadow or light that you want to give.

Now let us tell you how to edit a façade in photoshop.

1. Copy and paste: Copy the image of façade that you want to edit. Paste the image on Adobe photo shop. Make another copy of image within the photo shop either by right clicking on the right side or image name or drag the image in the right window below so the app makes a copy of the image itself.

2. Hide the actual image: Make sure to hide the actual image while editing. Keep the copied image on. All the editing will be done in layers and copied image only while the final result will be shown in the actual image.

3. Make the picture darker: Press CTRL + L and make the image darker. You need to select the dark temperature of the image from the dialog box that opens after you press CTRL+L. Measure the temperature according to your need.

4. Create a new layer: Whatever effect you want to choose, make a layer and name the layer with the name of the effect. Make sure always keep the blue tab or select the layer while editing. If the layer is blue, that means you are editing in that specific layer.

5. Select the tool: There are several tools for editing but for editing a façade, only two tools are of utmost importance, Pen Tool and Laso Tool. Select the color of effect from the bottom left side on the screen. Effects on façade will be shown in this chosen color. Make sure you select the color in the foreground and not in the background otherwise the brush or paint tool will select the default color you chose in the foreground.

6. Select the area: Cut the lines or area where you want to show an effect in the façade. After select the area, right click on the mouse and select “Stroke Path”. A dialog box opens. Select “Brush” or any other option of your preference and Press “OK” on the dialog box.

7. Add a layer style: Go to the right bottom on the screen and add layer style and select “Outer Glow” and measure the temperature under “Elements” from the dialog box that shows up.

Once done, save the project and press “Enter”. Unhide your actual image on the screen and you will find the effect there.

These are the most commonly used tools and methods to edit a façade in photoshop. Make sure to always use Laso Tool for curved facades and Pen Tool for straight or linear lined facades. Cut the façade line carefully and your work is mostly done. For glare or 3D effects, you may need to make multiple layers to edit the backdrop of the chosen area.


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