On this video Colin Smith from PhotoshopCAFE shows how to add realistic looking flares to your shots in Photoshop.
After about a week of hiatus where we covered Photokina 2016 (the videos from the show will start publishing here on LensVid very soon after we edit them) we are getting back to our usual daily publication schedule.
The trick that Smith shows in this video is simple – create a grey layer, turn it off. Make a lens flare (filter>render>lens flare) and place it in a reflected place or from your light source in your image. Smith uses the 105mm (he uses about 120%).
This lens flare is destructive – if you want a non destructive version – hit ctrl Z to undo it and apply hard light blend layer and press ctrl F it will repeat the last filter that you used and now you can play with it in a non destructive way.
You can also give it a little bit of color with a new layer add a gradient an use something light soft light blend mode (you don’t have to do that if this looks too much to you).