Creation of sunshine in Adobe Photoshop

In this short lesson, we will learn to create the sun’s rays using tools such as: gradients, blending modes, and adjustment layers, with which we will make the rays more realistic.

Creation of sun rays in the program Adobe Photoshop – a fairly simple task, and so on. There are many ways to create them, I will show you how to do this using gradients. For this tutorial, I advise you to use the version Adobe Photoshop CC.

So let’s get started!

Step 1

Transfer the image to Adobe Photoshop or just open it in the program (Ctrl +O).

Now let’s go to the filter Camera raw, selecting it in the tab Filter (Filter) and apply the same settings as in the screenshot with the result already available:

Step 2

Now let’s create a new layer (Shift +Ctrl +N) and call him rays, and then apply a correction layer to it Gradient (Gradient).

Using the button Randomize (Randomize). (Translator’s note: either generate) you need to combine the gradients by selecting the one that turns out on the screenshot or similar:

After increasing the value Roughness (Roughness) to 100%, we get the following result:

Also, you will need to change the color model. Rgb on Lab,

and also hide the bright alpha channel sliders under dark ones before the result in the screenshot:

Then, use the button again. Randomize (Randomize) with which Adobe Photoshop eliminates too distracting from the general color range.

and remove the label next to the inscription Restrict colors (Restriction of colors) (excludes especially bright or oversaturated colors from the noise gradient).

And that’s what should happen:

Then change in the gradient settings window Style (Style) on Angle (Angle) with the result:

Change the blending mode of this layer to Screen (Screen).

Then, click again on the icon of the adjustment layer Gradient fill (Gradient fill) and drag the resulting result to the same place where the light source is supposed to be and change the settings a bit:

Next, again click on the gradient selection window and, using the selection key Randomize (Randomize) change it to the one shown in the screenshot:

Author’s Note: due to the fact that to soften the edges of the sun’s rays, we will use a filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian blur),followed by the ability to edit, let’s convert this layer to Smart object (Smart object) (right click on a layer in the layers palette).This action will help us to change all the numeric values ​​that we specify for this layer.

Translate this layer to mode Smart object (Smart Object).

Step 3

Create a new adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and apply it as Clipping Mask to layer rays. Set the same settings as in the screenshot:

Then, create a new adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and also apply it as Clipping mask (Clipping mask). Adjust the same settings as in the screenshot:

Step 4

Double click on the layer rays and change the gradient settings to those shown in the screenshot. Again, combine the gradient options with the button Randomize (Randomize):

Then create Layer mask (Layer mask) for layer rays and, on it, with the tool Gradient (Gradient) (G) (from black to white) with Angle (Corner) style stretch it as shown in the screenshot:

Double click on the previously created adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and slightly adjust it, as in the screenshot:

Step 5

Create a new layer. Shift + Ctrl + N and immediately change its blending mode to Screen (Screen). On it, using the tool Brush (Brush) (B), medium diameter, with color #a99446b make 1 click in the area where the sun shines.

Also, let’s double-click on the adjustment layer created earlier. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and move the slider Lightness (Brightness) slightly to the left, as in the screenshot:

Now let’s create a new adjustment layer. Color lookup (Color search) at the very top of the layers palette and apply the same settings as in the screenshot:

Then change the blend mode of this adjustment layer to Hue (Color tone) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) to 35-40%. The result is:

Finally, create a new adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and apply the same settings as in the screenshot:


Well that’s all! It turns out so simple you can draw the sun’s rays. Hope you enjoyed the lesson.

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