Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create Naturalistic Lens Flares

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Lens Flare Photoshop Tutorial

When shooting outdoors and facing the sun, or backlighting in a studio, the option to include a lens flare is always there. But that doesn’t mean your best photo from that shoot included it. If you’ve ever wanted to go back and include a lens flare, or another beam of light, then, with this lens flare Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to do that, naturalistically.

Like any of Phlearn’s free videos, this tutorial doesn’t take much time. It’s less than 20. The bulk of the video is about creating flares using a hard-edged brush and making it look natural using curve adjustment layers. Toward the end, you’ll also learn how to create beams of light using Radial Blurring. Also, note, although you can use these techniques whenever, this tutorial’s designed for images that are already backlit and have a strong light source facing the camera.

Enjoy lens flare photoshop tutorial!