Create a diffused light from the window in Photoshop

In this lesson, the author will show us how to create a cinematic effect of diffused light using light rays.

Creating this kind of light is pretty easy. Also, they can give the image the necessary depth and improve the diffused light.

So let’s get started!

Step 1

Open the image (Ctrl + O / or just transfer to the program) the image that is attached to the lesson.

Next, create a new layer (Shift +Ctrl +N) and using the tool Pen Tool (Feather) (P), either Poligonal LassoTool (Polygonal Lasso) (L), create a rectangular selection at the place where the window nearest us is located.

Then, using the tool PaintBucket Tool ( Fill) (F), fill this selection with this color # fff6dc.

Step 2

Using the tool Free Transform (Free transform) (Ctrl + T) and selecting, after pressing the right click on the selected area Distort (Distortion) and Perspective (Perspective), transform the fill layer as in the screenshot.

Step 3

Next, let’s soften the resulting “beam” of light with a blur filter. The author used the filter Box Blur (Blur on the frame). Also, you can try to apply the filter Gaussian Blur (Gaussian Blur), which applies a fairly good result to the image. To apply one of the two filters, go to Filter – Blur (Filter – Blur) and choose from two options the one you like the most, with the radius shown in the screenshot:

Then you need to apply Layer Mask (Mask layer) to the layer with a blurred beam and create an almost full beam of light from the window. For this, using a black and white tool Gradient (Gradient), draw a gradient straight along the beam of light from left to right along the entire length of the beam, as in the screenshot. After that, reduce Opacity (Opacity) of this layer to 50% and we will get the desired result:

Step 4

Now repeat the same with all light sources from where it should fall.

When you finish working with the rays, select all the layers and merge them into one group. Ctrl +G.

If you want to add color for the rays, use Layer Style (Layer style) Color Overlay (Overlay color) for the whole group at once, and apply the same settings as in the screenshot.


… and also apply an adjustment layer Color Lookup (Color search) at the very top of the layers palette, with Opacity (Opacity)) layer – 60%.


Step 5

Now, let’s add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and apply the same settings as in the screenshot:


Step 6

Further, the author adds the effect of dust. To do this, open (Ctrl +O) or simply transfer the file to the document dust-particle (8) and change its blending mode to Screen (Screen). Then, reduce the image with dust by a quarter of the image size and duplicate (Ctrl +J) 3 more times to put this image in the remaining 3 parts of the document. After you have placed all 4 parts with dust on the document, you can select them again and combine them into one group (Ctrl +G).

And here is our final result:

I hope that thanks to this small and uncomplicated lesson you will learn how to quickly create rays of light, as well as easily edit it.

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