How to Create Beams of Light and Lens Flare in Photoshop
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Creating a Lens Flare/ Lighting Effects
This tutorial is perfect for those images that have a strong backlight, such as when you are shooting into the sun. We show you how to enhance a lens flare and create lighting effects that will make your image more interesting. These techniques only take a couple of minutes and can be used on any image with a backlight.
We start by changing the atmosphere colors around the light, bringing the black levels up on the red and green channels in a curves adjustment layer. This step adds a nice base for the lighting effects.
After creating the base we create another curves adjustment layer and brighten it up. We then use a large hard edged brush to create some flare. This is a great time to play around and place the flare wherever you want.
Next we create a spatter pattern on a layer mask of another curves adjustment layer and use the Radial Blur to simulate light streaks. This is a $500 technique that we are giving away for free.
To finish off the image we create a double vignette, making the area around the subject lighter and darkening the edges of the image.