How to Add Light Rays to your Photo
The most important thing to remember when adding light rays to your images is that the rays must come from a light source to look realistic. If you add light rays coming out of the middle of a person’s face, they are going to look fake.
Here are some examples of photos that will work with this action.
- Backlit Photos – Any time you can see the light source in your image, it is a back-lit photo. For instance, if you are photographing a person, you want the main light source to be behind the person, not the camera.
- Early Morning or Late Evening – When the sun is at a lower angle in the sky, light rays tend to be more preset. Avoid applying the effect to photos where the sun is high in the sky.
- Through Trees or Clouds – If there is nothing obstructing the light from the sun, there will be nothing to cause a scattering of light rays. Look for trees, buildings, people, clouds or any other object that will block some of the light from the sun.
After installation, double-click on the PHLEARN Light Rays Action and follow the on-screen instructions.
You will be guided through a simple process that will create beautiful light rays on your photo, all you have to do is place them over the light source.
Quick Tip: Try duplicating the Light Ray group for more effect.
How to Install Photoshop Actions
Follow the instructions below or watch our Quick Installation Video
- Save your actions in an easy to find location on your computer.
- Open Photoshop and go to the actions palette.
- If the actions palette is not visible, go to “Window”, then click “Actions” in the dropdown.
- In the top right corner of the actions palette, click on the small box containing an upside down triangle and 4 horizontal lines.
- From the drop down menu, select “Load Actions”.
- Navigate back to where you saved the actions and select the file ending in .atn.
- Click “Open” and your actions will load into the actions palette.