How To Fake Blue Hour In Photoshop In Minutes

The term “blue hour” is frequently used to describe a moody, dark scene.

The magical time just after sunset or just before sunrise is known as Blue Hour. Blue Hour begins and ends at different times depending on where you are and the time of year.

In this quick tutorial, I’ll be showing how to recreate that effect.

I’ll be using Photoshop 2022.

Before After

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How to Fake Blue Hour In Photoshop

Step 1: Camera Raw Filter

First, head over to Camera Raw Filter. Filter > Camera Raw.

Enter the settings I have used. If you want a different time of the day you can always tweak them.

We’ll go for a before sunrise look.

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Camera Raw
Camera Raw

Step 2: Light Reflection

Next, we’ll make 4 rectangles using the Rectangle Tool. Set the rectangle fill to white and remove the stroke.

Fille and Stroke
Fill and Stroke

Draw your first rectangle and use the Path Selection Tool to stay on the same layer. While the Path Selection Tool is active, select the rectangle and hold down ALT and drag it to make a copy. Repeat that step until you get 4 rectangles.

Use the Path Selection Tool
Use the Path Selection Tool

After that go to Edit > Transform > Skew or press Ctrl+T, Right click, Skew.

Pull up on one of the sides of the shape.

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Create four rectangles
Blue Hour
Use the Skew Tool

Next, we’ll feather the shape, change the Fill to around 90 percent and change the blend mode to Soft Light.

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Feather the shape
Fill & Soft Light
Fill & Soft Light

Finally, place and resize it the way you want using the Transform Tool (Ctrl +T).

And we are done!

Final Result

After following this tutorial, you should be able to To Fake Blue Hour in Photoshop. I hope you found this guide useful and easy to follow. If you have any questions or suggestions please let me know in the comments down below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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