Create a realistic light flare in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a realistic light flare that you can use in your work to create interesting effects.

Step 1

Open Photoshop and create a new document.

Editor’s Note: I used 1024×768 pixels, 72pix / inch resolution.

Add a new layer and fill it with any color. Rename this layer, name it “Blue Gradient”, then go to Layer – Layer Style – Gradient Overlay (Layer – Layer Style – Gradient Overlay). For a radial gradient, use navy blue # 0c0c36 and light violet # 25245e color.

Step 2

Add a new layer and fill it with black. Then go to Filter – Rendering – Blick (Filter> Render> Lens Flare) and select 105 mm, Brightness ((Brightness) – 100%.

Then go to Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) and set a radius of 30 pixels. Change the blend mode for the layer to Lightening basics (Color Dodge).

Step 3

Add another layer and fill it with black again. Then go to Filter – Rendering – Blick (Filter> Render> Lens Flare) and select Object Type (Lens Type) Zoom (Zoom 50-300mm with 100% brightness (Brightness). Change the blend mode for the layer to Brighten the base (Color Dodge).

Then repeat the steps with the filter from the previous step.

Editor’s Note: Merge these two layers and place in the center of the working paper.

Step 4

Using tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool) (U) Draw a white rectangle horizontally along the entire length of the canvas and center it. Select this layer and go to Layer – Group Layers (Layer- Group Layers). Now the layer with the rectangle will be inside the group. Change the folder overlay mode to Lightening basics (Color Dodge).

Translator’s Note: A folder (group) with a rectangle must be on top of the previously created layers.

Step 5

Select a layer with a rectangle and go to Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur). Set a blur radius of 20 pixels. Because this layer is inside the group to which the blending mode is applied Lightening basics (Color Dodge), blurry edges will create an interesting lighting effect.

Editor’s Note: You may have another blur radius.

Step 6

Add a new layer to the group with a rectangle. Choose a tool Brush (Brush) (B) and using a soft white brush, draw a second light source.

Step 7

To add more elements to your work, repeat the process of creating linear highlights with the tool Rectangle (Rectangle) (U) and tool brush (Brush) (B).

In the center, create a few vertical lines with a brush, and then go to Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur). Use the angle (Angle) 90º and the Offset (Distance) 90. This will create a stylish reflection effect.

Editor’s Note: Do not forget that all layers with highlights should be inside the group. Vertical lines combined in one layer. applied Double P filtermotion in motion with the Angle settings: -90, Offset: 154. For horizontal lines, used a Gaussian Blur filter.

Step 8

Now adjust the brush with Window> Brush. Choose a round soft brush, set the stiffness to 0%, and the spacing to 80%. Add more light elements inside the group. Create a new layer. Click with a brush on the area near the center of the main flare and hold down the Shift key and click on the lower left corner to create a line of dots. If the effect is too strong, select Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur and soften it up a bit. Change the layer opacity to 70%.

Step 9

Create more layers and draw lines on them from points in different directions from the center. Then use the filter for all lines from points. Radial blur with settings:

  • Quality: the best;
  • Method: Linear;
  • Quantity: 15,

Editor’s Note: As an option. Having created one new layer, on it I rigidly randomly arranged points around the central flare with a hard brush. Twice applied Radial Blur. Then duplicated the layer several times. Scaled and rotated around its axis to fill the space around the central flare.

If desired, layers with diagonal lines can be merged, add a layer mask and go somewhere with a brush, masking the excess and removing symmetry.

Step 10

On the layers palette, create a new layer and move it on top of the others. Change blending mode to Hard light (Hard Light). Opacity (Opacity) 50%. Using a large soft brush, paint several color spots with blue and purple colors.

Step 11

Using tool Ellipse (Ellipse tool (U)) draw a large white circle. Next, go to the layer style settings. Overlay options (Layer> Layer Styles> Blending Options). Fill opacity (Fill Opacity) turn down to 0, then go to layer style Inner Shadow (Inner Shadow).

  • Color use pink;
  • blending mode Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge);
  • Angle (Angle) – 90º;
  • Bias (Distance) – 0;
  • Tightening (Choke) – 14%;
  • the size (Size) – 250 pixels.

Editor’s Note: Drawing a circle with Oval selection, I blurred the edges.

Step 12

Add a layer mask to the layer that will hide this layer, making it invisible (Layer – Layer Mask – Hide / Layer> Layer Mask> Hide All). Select a soft round brush, paint over the layer mask so that only parts of the ellipse are visible at the edges.

Duplicate the layer, fill the layer mask with black and repeat the steps using a different layer transparency and brush size. Zoom out.

Step 13

Create a combined copy of all layers (Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E). Apply Gaussian blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Change the blending mode to Screen (Screen), lower opacity layer (Opacity) up to 50%.

Step 14

Now you can go to color correction. Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Photo Filter (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Photo Filter), set the filter to yellow, and Density (Density) by 90%.

Congratulations! You did it!

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