Let There Be Light

This is a quick and easy way to create a light rays in Photoshop. This works well for sunsets, open doorways or can even be a neat halo effect on a person. The steps:

  1. Open the image in Photoshop and duplicate the layer.
  2. Choose Image > Adjusments > Threshold and a threshold value of 160 (this may be different for different images).
  3. Choose Filter > Blur > Radial Blur using the values: 100, Zoom and Best. Before clicking okay, manually move the zoom center to your zoom point (in this image it's the sun). Since there are no alignment controls, you may have to apply the effect and hit undo a few times to hit the exact center.
  4. Set the layer mode to Screen, 50%.
  5. Add a layer mask and using a soft paintbrush, paint the areas you wish to hide. You can also use the brush at 40% opacity to soften the edges of the rays.
  6. To color the rays, fill a layer with your color, group it with the previous layer, set the layer mode to Color and 50% opacity.

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