The TRICK to making REALISTIC LENS FLARES in PHOTOSHOP

The TRICK to making REALISTIC LENS FLARES in PHOTOSHOP

The Trick to Making Realistic Lens Flaresin Photoshop Hey Cafe crew, it’s Colin Smith here andthis week, I'm going to show you how to create a non-destructive lens flare.

So we're going to add a little bit of lifeand drama to this photograph and really just give it a flavor, so let's add the lens flare.

Now one of the things to be aware of whenyou're applying a Lens Flare directly onto the layer, it's a destructive effect.

But if you create a new layer, you can applyit.

So let me show you some of the things thatcan happen.

If we can choose Filter, Lens Flare, noticeit won't apply it because there's nothing in there.

So one of the things you can do is we canfill this layer with 50% gray and, now, we can apply a lens flare.

So if we go under Filter and then we go toRender, we get to apply the Lens Flare.

But the problem with this we can move it around,we can do all kinds of things we want, but the problem is we can't see the image.

So I'm going to show you a little trick herethat's going to enable you to perfectly align it and also get to use it on this gray layer.

So I'm just going to hide that layer, go backto the background and now we're going to choose Filter, Render, and be aware the Render effectshere only work in RGB mode, so if you're in CMYK, you have to convert it.

Let's get a Lens Flare.

Now we get to see it on the image.

Now some pointer on where we place this imagebecause you can't just have the Lens Flare just happening out in the middle of nowhere.

Indeed, it has to be coming directly froma light source such as directly from the sun itself or it could be reflected off the glass,which works fine.

If you ever set foot off the coffee shop beforea car pulls up, and then you get that light just glaring right in your eyes, you knowwhat I mean.

All right, so let's get a dropping in there.

So this is the standard lens flare that everybodyuses.

It's the 50-300 and then it just creates thiskind of effect.

But what I'm going to do in this case, we'renot going to do that.

We're going to try a different one.

I'm going to try the 105 Prime here and noticeit just looks a little different than the lens flare you're used to seeing.

Now you can turn the brightness up reallybright or turn it down.

Let's get it up to about, I'm kind of likingit about there, so now I'm going to click OK.

Now, we applied our lens flare, but the problemis, notice it's destructive, that means it's merged into that layer.

So what we're going to do is we're going tohit Ctrl Z to undo it.

Now, we're going to turn on our gray layerand we're going to change it to Hard Light.

And what it does is it creates invisible becauseHard Light is not going to show gray, but now we're going to apply the Filter, but wewant to apply exactly the same place we did it before.

Now if we can do that, if we hit Ctrl F orCommand F on Mac, that will repeat the last filter and boom.

Notice, now, we have our Lens Flare in exactlythe same location, and by the way, you can also go up under Filter here and choose theLens Flare, but the difference is I can turn it on or off, so we have exactly the sameLens Flare but we can move it around and we can do different things with it.

So I'm going to put it back to where it was.

We can play around with the Opacity becausenow we've got a little bit more flexibility in that Lens Flare.

We can also try different Blend Modes, suchas maybe a Linear Light, which will really blow it out, or we could go down to just anOverlay, and that will make it a lot more subtle.

I'm going to go back to our Hard Light becauseI kind of like how that looks and I'm just going to drop it down just ever so much.

So here we go.

We've got our light hitting here and kindof reflecting off.

Now what we want to do just to give it a littlebit of flavor is we're going to give it some color, so like that sunlight is just kindof coming in with this nice kind of beam.

So we're going to create a brand new layerthat goes on the top, and then, for the foreground we want to choose a nice orange color likethat reddy orange nice, you know, sunset kind of a color.

So we're just going to click OK, now we'regoing to go up to our Gradient, hit the G key for that, and then, what you want to dois choose the second option, which is going to be the foreground to transparent.

Make sure it's set to Linear and also, makesure you got Transparency turned on.

Now what we're going to do is we're just goingto click from the top here and just drag it out like that.

Now we change the Blend Mode here to somethingdifferent.

We can have a look at, maybe, Overlay thereor we could try Soft Light and just look at the difference there.

See that? So it's just giving you that nice kind ofcolor.

The Overlay will make it a little bit stronger,but I kind of like the Soft Light.

You can play around with some different blendingmodes.

Linear Light can, you know, once again, lookpretty harsh, but you can play around with the different modes.

So I'm just going to put this one back intoOverlay.

And if we look at what we did, there's thepicture before and there's the picture after adding that Lens Flare and that nice kindof sunset atmospheric effect.

So I hope you enjoyed this.

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