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Photoshop Actions: Light Rays

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Instantly add light rays to any photo!

Light rays appear when light shines through atmosphere like clouds or fog, or when you use this Photoshop Action.

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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

  1. Save your actions in an easy to find location on your computer.
  2. Open Photoshop and go to the actions palette.
  3. If the actions palette is not visible, go to “Window”, then click “Actions” in the dropdown.
  4. In the top right corner of the actions palette, click on the small box containing an upside down triangle and 4 horizontal lines.
  5. From the drop down menu, select “Load Actions”.
  6. Navigate back to where you saved the actions and select the file ending in .atn.
  7. Click “Open” and your actions will load into the actions palette.
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The actions included in this set are compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS6, CC, & 2017CC. All the included actions will work with JPG as well as RAW images.

Installation takes just a couple of minutes. Check out our Photoshop Actions Quick Installation Guide.

Photoshop Actions are a series of steps that have been recorded by their creator. This sequence of steps can then be reapplied at any time, which allows you to recreate the end result without having to go through each individual step every time. Think of them as short cuts.

A basic understanding of Photoshop is suggested. We designed the Photoshop Actions to be as simple as possible. After loading the Actions into Photoshop, simply double-click on the action to apply it to your photo.

PHLEARN Photoshop Actions are created by PHLEARN founder Aaron Nace.

Yes! Each of our Photoshop Actions creates a new group in your layers panel. Feel free to stack as many actions together as you please.

Due to the downloadable nature of this product, there are no refunds. All sales are final.

You may only use these products for personal or professional use. This license extends to the single, individual purchaser. This license does not extend to companies or partner- ships and may not be resold, loaned, and/or gifted to another individual and/or party. You may not share, loan or redistribute/sell or copy any of these files in any way. All Actions by PHLEARN are copyright protected.