in , , ,

How to Create Your Own Lens Flare Brush In Photoshop

Create Your Own Lens Flare Brush In Photoshop

With HD cameras and advanced technology, images show every minute detail. Also, with photo-editing software, we can create any effect of our choice and make our images look perfectly real. Here is one such effect!

This article is all about how to create a lens flare brush using Photoshop!

  1. Create a project1_thumb7 - How to Create your Own Lens Flare Brush | TrickyPhotoshop

Go to the ‘File’ menu and click on ‘New’. Set the width as 1000 pixels and height as 300 pixels.

  1. Set foreground and background colour2_thumb8 - How to Create your Own Lens Flare Brush | TrickyPhotoshop

Just press key D to make black as the foreground colour. Use the shortcut Alt+Backspace or Opt+Delete to set black as the background colour.

  1. Select the brush

Select the brush from the tool panel. Next, select the ‘assorted brush’ from the options bar.3_thumb7 - How to Create your Own Lens Flare Brush | TrickyPhotoshop

Right-click on the canvas to locate the brush that has a name ‘texture 4’ and make the size as 50 pixels.

Create Your Own Lens Flare Brush In Photoshop

  1. Create a new layer

Using the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+N, create a new layer named ‘brush’. Next, press and hold the Shift key, and then draw a straight line as shown in the figure below. The blue lines are used for accurate dimensions.

  1. Setting the dimensions

Go to ‘Filter’ menu. Select ‘Motion’ and then ‘Motion Blur’.6_thumb8 - How to Create your Own Lens Flare Brush | TrickyPhotoshop

Set the value of angle as 0? and distance as 300 pixels.

7_thumb8 - How to Create your Own Lens Flare Brush | TrickyPhotoshop

  1. Duplicate the layer

Use Ctrl+J to duplicate the layer. This results in a darker line.

Next, go to ‘Edit’ menu and select ‘Transform’ to activate the free transform. To decrease the height of the line, press and hold Alt/Opt key. Press the ‘Enter’ key once this is done.

  1. Creating flare

Create a new layer by using Ctrl+Shift+N. Name it as ‘Flare’. From the tool panel, select a rectangular marquee tool. To draw a perfect square, just press and hold Shift.

Next, press key ‘D’ to make the foreground colour as black. Set the background colour as white. Using the shortcut Ctrl+Backspace, fill the square drawn with white colour.10_thumb7 - How to Create your Own Lens Flare Brush | TrickyPhotoshop

Next, go to ‘Filter’ menu, select ‘Render’ and then ‘Fiber’.11_thumb8 - How to Create your Own Lens Flare Brush | TrickyPhotoshop

Set the values of variance and strength as 20 and 23 respectively.

  1. Set the blur

Go to ‘Filter’ menu, select ‘Blur’ and then ‘Motion Blur’. Keep the angle at 90? and distance as 500 pixels.12_thumb7 - How to Create your Own Lens Flare Brush | TrickyPhotoshop

  1. Applying the gradient

From the left panel, select the ‘Gradient’ tool. Set the foreground colour to black.14_thumb7 - How to Create your Own Lens Flare Brush | TrickyPhotoshop

In the options bar, set the type as ‘Linear gradient’ and mode to ‘Foreground to transparent’. Also, change the blend mode to ‘Overlay’.

Next, apply this gradient to the layer.

  1. Select the distortion of pixels

Open the layer panel. Press and hold Ctrl/Cmd and then click on the flare layer, to select the pixels in this layer. 17_thumb6 - How to Create your Own Lens Flare Brush | TrickyPhotoshop

Go to ‘Filter’ menu, select ‘Distort’ and then select ‘Rectangular to polar’.

16_thumb7 - How to Create your Own Lens Flare Brush | TrickyPhotoshop

  1. Change the blend mode

Next, change the blend mode of the flare layer to ‘Screen’.

To select the free transform mode and make the flare effect bigger, press Ctrl+T.

Create Your Own Lens Flare Brush In Photoshop

  1. Setting a radial gradient

Set the foreground colour to white. Select the ‘Gradient’ tool from the left panel and change the type to ‘Radial’. Also, set the mode to ‘foreground to transparent’.20_thumb6 - How to Create your Own Lens Flare Brush | TrickyPhotoshop

Create a new layer and name it as a gradient. Apply this gradient.

  1. Change the dimension and layer style

Select the free transform tool and make the changes in the dimensions as shown in the figure.24_thumb3 - How to Create your Own Lens Flare Brush | TrickyPhotoshop

Next, go to layer panel and select ‘Add layer style’. Click on ‘Outer Glow’. Make the settings as shown.25_thumb3 - How to Create your Own Lens Flare Brush | TrickyPhotoshop

  1. Merge and invert the layers

Use the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E to merge all the created layers into one single new layer.

Next, press Ctrl+I to invert the layer. To apply the levels, press Ctrl+L.

27_thumb2 - How to Create your Own Lens Flare Brush | TrickyPhotoshop

 

  1. Create a new brush

To create a new brush, go to ‘Edit’ menu and select ‘Define brush preset’. Name it and click on ‘OK’.30_thumb3 - How to Create your Own Lens Flare Brush | TrickyPhotoshop

  1. Applying it to the original image

After creating the brush, open the image on which you want to work.

31_thumb4 - How to Create your Own Lens Flare Brush | TrickyPhotoshop

Create two layers using Ctrl+N. Each layer corresponds to one headlight. Apply the brush on the layers to add the classic lens flare effect.

See how simple it was to create your own lens flare brush using Photoshop! Try it yourself!

 

Written by Mayank Tripathi

An Engineer and a footballer, I have been into writing for last 4 years. Starting four years back I didn't realise that writing would be something which will acquire such a great portion of my day, however today it has become an irreplaceable part of my life. I love writing in various genres and it is the zeal of learning something new with each article I write that keeps me motivated to produce new and exciting content for readers to pursue.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

What You Need To Shop For Your Parties

Top 5 Languages a Traveller Should Learn