Creating Realistic Sun Rays in Photshop – Video Tutorial

In this Photoshop video tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to make a sunbeam, or sun rays, passing through a window. No LIghtroom today my fellow YPSers. 😉 Can’t do that there… just yet.

The technique consists of creating your lightbeam with the polygonal lasso tool, bluring it, making it transluscent and then fading it. It’s an easy 4-step process that will make your photo look heavenly.

I would strongly recommend the book Light, Science & Magic if you don’t already have it. You’ll learn all you need to know about the principles of light and become a better photographer because of that.

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Here are some great books from the YPS bookshelf.

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11 responses on "Creating Realistic Sun Rays in Photshop - Video Tutorial"

  1. If only there were more clever ppolee like you!

  2. Excellent tutorial, thanks a lot for sharing it.

  3. thank you so much for this helpful tutorial Yanik 🙂

  4. Hello Yanik,

    I just found your website and am loving it already, I am and probably always will be a “wanna be” photographer.

    You do a great job in explaining your steps in all of your tutorials and find it very easy to follow along.

    Thanks so much for all your effort you put into this.



  5. This tutorial is really good. I want to try it but can’t find a good photo like you edited. If it is possible can you give the link of the image?

  6. This was sooooo cool! I love it! I also just found your site for the first time and I’m really liking it. Thanks for taking all that time to show us ppl what to do to get some great stuff done!

  7. I can hardly wait to try this with one of my High School Senior’s portraits! I have been wanting to play with the use of sun rays in the portraits I create and now I can do it with Photoshop. I happened across your website tonight as i was preparing a lecture. I wil come back again. I like your teaching style. Many Thanks!

  8. This is really cool. Tried it out and I really like the effect! Thank you!

  9. Nice tutorial, Yanik.

  10. thats was gud tutorial..once i was trying to create rays through big text..but i couldnt…now i can try again…now i have pretty gud idea…thanx.

  11. Thank you so much for your tutorials! Altho I use Paint Shop Pro I find these incredibly useful!!

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