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Create Rays of Light in Photoshop

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Tutorials Photoshop Tips 35174 Views November 25th, 2013

This is a quick create rays of light in Photoshop tutorial that might prove really useful especially for Photoshop beginners. You can instantly change a photo by adding sun light effect. We'll learn how to create a sunburst and how to combine it with lens flare for obtaining an intense light effect. You can add rays of light to any image that has a light source, but it works best for the sun light.

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Method 1: Add Rays of Light to Your Images in Photoshop

In this quick tutorial I will show you two methods in which you can create rays of light in Photoshop from scratch using some filters. I will start with this beautiful forest stock image that it has some light coming between the trees but I want to make the rays of light more obvious. Call this first layer Forest Image

Duplicate the Forest Image layer two times and call these two layers Rays of light 1 and Rays of light 2. Go to Image>Adjustments menu and choose Threshold with these settings.

Now go to Filter>Blur menu and choose Radial Blur using these settings. Make sure you move the Blur Center to the top center of the image.

Change the blend mode of the Rays of light 1 layer to Screen. I have also added a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer with Colorize option to add a soft yellow color to the rays of light. Don't forget to set the adjustment as clipping mask for the Rays of light 1 layer

Now go to the Rays of light 2 layer and use the Threshold again this time with different settings.

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3 comment(s) for "Create Rays of Light in Photoshop"

haneefa
haneefa
7:09 AM Wednesday, October 22, 2014
thanks reply
Kevin
Kevin
9:26 AM Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Here is another great method to add rays of light to a photo in Photoshop:

http://www.photoshopstar.com/photo-effects/add-light-rays-to-a-photo-in-photoshop/ reply
Deepa
Deepa
1:22 AM Sunday, February 21, 2016
This is an awesome awesome(yes, double awesome) tutorial!
Thanks! reply

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