Need for Speed Most Wanted Cutscene Effect
Wow what a title, not sure what to call it, but if you’ve played Need for Speed: Most Wanted, you’ll notice that the cutscene has somekind of blurry-overglow effect. (For those who knows the proper name of this effect please let me know). Here’s a screenshot of the cutscene effect.
For the purpose of this tutorial I’ll be using Ms. Maran’s photo grabbed from SuperiorPics. You can grab it at the bottom of this post.
- Open the photo, duplicate it if you want to so you’ll be working on a new fresh copy.
- Duplicate the Background Layer 2 times [Ctrl+J, Ctrl+J].
- Make sure your current tool is the Move Tool (V), Desaturate the topmost layer [Ctrl+Shift+U]
- Duplicate it [Ctrl+J], and then Invert it [Ctrl+I].
- Set the topmost layer’s blending mode to Color Dodge [Alt+Shift+D]. At this point your document should be pure white (or almost completely), don’t worry.
- Now apply a Gaussian Blur filter to the topmost layer. Play around with the radius, I used 5.
- Merge [Ctrl+E] this with your previous layer (the unsaturated layer).
- Change the current layer’s blending mode to Multiply [Alt+Shift+M].
- You should have three layers now, pick the middle one, apply another Gaussian Blur filter, play around with the radius.
- And there you have it. Try changing the middle layer’s blending mode to some other than the normal one.
- Here’s the final result and the original photo for you to try this on. (Click on it to see the original size).
Tip: If her eyes seems a bit too dark/blurry, erase it with a low-opacity soft-edged brush to make it a bit brighter.