How to Create a Light Ray Effect in Adobe Photoshop CC - Quick and Easy

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Setting a scene with the  light ray effect  in Adobe Photoshop CC is one of the preferred options by most of the users of this program. To start working with Adobe Photoshop, it is recommended that you first know how to properly use the toolbar.

This gives the image a lighting effect that resembles a scene from a movie and is ideal for photographs that portray dark places or elements.

And, although it may seem difficult to do, it is quite simple if you follow the guide presented below step by step.



Starting to apply the ray of light effect in Adobe Photoshop CC?

To get started, you need to run Adobe Photoshop and open the image you want to edit. Next, a new layer is created, which is the one you will be working on.

Therefore, it will be necessary to choose the " Polygonal lasso ”From the left side panel of the instruments. And with this you make an approximate selection of the element from which " will come " the light.

This selection is then filled in with a light color, a yellow almost white. Subsequently, the commands are pressed " Ctrl + T ".

This keyboard shortcut will be used to load the " Free transformation tool ". The next step is to right-click on the drive you are working on.

From the options menu that appears, it will come choice the option " distorted ". Thanks to which you can drag one of the points of the box.

Specifically, the one that is in the center and on the right side, towards the center of the image and downwards. That is, diagonally.


 


Immediately after, the right click is given again, but this time the option is chosen " Prospective "And with the key " Other ”Pressed, the upper right point is moved up.

Adjust the other values ​​of the effect

When this is ready, the action is directed towards the board " Filter "And then opting for the desired option, the recommended one is" Rectangle blur ".

However, you can try the other options, as every image is different and not all filters are that good for every element.

Continuing with the idea, the filter should be adjusted until the user appreciates the result. Then create a " Layer Mask "And add a" White to black gradient ".

As well as " Front black “, Because generally they are colors that will be kept or found in representations of this type.

And it is dragged from the center of the selection that was made at the beginning, and following the previous diagonal until it reaches the end.

In this way it will be possible to create the first ray of light in Adobe Photoshop CC in the image. These steps need to be repeated as often as needed.

That is, in the other elements that deserve their implementation within the project, taking care to follow the procedure correctly.

What to consider before making the light beam in Adobe Photoshop CC?

Before you can apply this effect, it is important to choose the image to be treated correctly. Not all renders are suitable for this effect.


 

How come? Well, because a ray of light cannot come from anywhere, nor from any object. This is the importance of analyzing the photography.


In this sense, those suitable images are those that have elements like windows, open doors, skylights or open objects through which a ray of light can "pass".

In addition, according to the characteristics of each element, certain values ​​of the previous steps will largely depend.


Therefore, the user must use common sense to position correctly the direction of the rays, as well as the strength or power of the same.

So another recommendation is practice. As with any edition, the better known the tools are, the better they will be managed.

Another fun effect that gets a lot of attention in Adobe Photoshop is the one that gives you the particle scatter effect; you can also find the neon light effect.

For more practical work you can install brushes with presets.

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