Photoshop makes adding lens flares to a photograph an incredibly simply task which is, both, good and bad. Though they can add a creative touch to a photo, lens flares can also be a great way to turn a good photo bad (really quickly). We’ve all seen those awkwardly placed lens flares that result in more confusion than awe. Luckily, we have Aaron Nace, who nicely explains when they should and shouldn’t used in this 15 minute tutorial. After he offers us his guidance on when to use a light flare, he’s kind enough to do a walk through of the process of actually doing so.
As usual, Nace dishes out quite a few pointers in the video, many of which are applicable when doing other edits in Photoshop, too. What can we say, the man is a fountain of Photoshop knowledge. Take a look at the clip, here:
If the Photoshop lens flare filters leaves you with a little to be desired, there are packs available like this comprehensive collection over on Krolop Gerst. It has just about every kind of flare, light leak, and bokeh effect you could dream of, but remember to only use them when the effects make sense!
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