Create a dynamic effect in Photoshop

Step 1. Create a new document sized 600px by 800px. Fill it with dark blue (# 091417).

Step 2. Create a new layer, fill it with black, change the blending mode to Color dodge (Lightening the basics). Filter> Rendering> Fibers. Deviation: 16, Intensity: 4.

Make a duplicate layer and drag the duplicate to the left. Select both layers Layer> Merge Layers.

Step 3.Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur, Radius: 10. Filter> Imitation> Cellophane Packaging. Backlight: 5, Soften and Detail: 15.

Step 4. Rotate the layer 45 degrees and then Editing> Transformation> Warp. As a sample, use the image below.

Step 5. Now let’s add more blur. Filter> Blur> Radial Blur. Degree 72. Method: linear, Quality: best.

Step 6. Go to Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Brightness / Contrast. 80% Brightness and 100% Contrast.

Step 7. Select Tool Clarifier (Dodge Tool (O)). Choose a large brush 175px, Hardness 0%. Range: Shadows, Exposure 10%.

To make it realistic, begin the work of the Clarifier to highlight some areas. You need to strengthen the rays of light.

You can choose Tool Dimmer (Burn Tool (O)) to darken some areas. This tool is the exact opposite of the Dodge Tool.

Step 8. Select Tool Polygonal Lasso (L) and create a selection like the image below. Select Tool Dimmer, to create a little shadow. To get the line straight, hold down Shift and click on the beginning of the line without releasing Shift click on the end of the line.

Step 9. Repeat Step 7 and 8 a couple more times until you are happy with the result. You can use the tool Clarifier (Dodge Tool). Exposure 5%.

Step 10. Now let’s create a group, put all the layers in it, and call it “lights”. Change Blend mode on Lightening basics. Create a new layer in the “lights” folder.

Using the Tool Brush (B) Draw a line as shown below. Color – white, diameter – 30px and Hardness – 0%. Apply to this layer Filter> Blur> Motion Blur. Angle – 29, Offset – 107%.

Duplicate the layer, resize, and place it above another beam. If any beam is too bright, use the Tool. Dimmer (O)

Step 11. Now select Tool Clarifier (O) This time use a small brush – 10px, Exposure – 30%. Create a bright glow effect on the edges of the rays.
To keep the lines straight, use the key SHIFT.

Step 12. Optionally, you can create more rays of light by repeating Steps 8, 10, and 11. You do not need to create new folders, use already created ones, you need to create only new layers.

Step 13. Create a new layer. Fill it with black Filter> Noise> Add Noise. Quantity 10%, Distribution: Gaussian, select Monochromatic mode.

Step 14. Create a new layer in the “lights” folder. Select Tool Brush (B). Go through Window> Brushes. Change the brush settings as shown in the image.
Then draw sparks on the image.

Step 15. In this step we will post a photo on our image. Select an object and delete the background. We only need a man. The photo that the author used can be found on

Step 16.Image> Correction> Hue / Saturation. For this image, the author used the following settings: Color Hue: 12, Saturation: -68, Brightness: -5. But remember that for each image these parameters are individual.

Step 17. Now go to Image> Correction> Brightness / Contrast. Increase the Contrast to 38 and add some Brightness.

Step 18. Add some blue and green to the image. Image> Correction> Curves.

Step 19. Create a person selection. Create a new layer in the “lights” folder.

Now select Tool Brush (B), use a large 125px brush, 0% stiffness. Opacity 50%. Color some parts of the body to bring them visually to the fore.

Step 20. Place the layer with the photo below the layer with sparks, change the transparency to 80%. You can add text, hide some elements of the image and so on.

There are many different ways to create this effect. This time we used Tools Lighting and Dimming because they give greater freedom in the image and the creation of light effects. You can even add gradient overlaps for different layers.

Author: Fabio

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