In this video tutorial, watch as I show you how to add light leaks to your sky in Photoshop. Light leaks are part of the styling process of your photo manipulations and are added towards the end of your workflow.
In the video, I show you how to use the technique on three different images. Every image needs a different approach, so I want you to see it applied to various scenarios. The technique is quick and takes five minutes or less. So, once you have the hang of it, you can apply it easily. Photo manipulation is all about blending your elements to make it look seamless, and that is what light leaks help you to do.
To apply the light leaks, all you need to do is create a blank layer and use your paintbrush. The final step is making sure you have the correct blend mode. I tend to use screen, linear dodge, and color dodge. By mixing all three together, you can get some cool looks. If you wanted to, you can also add some overlays over the top of light leaks for a stronger effect. If you are confused, do not worry, I guarantee by the end of this video you will be confident enough to create your own.
This tutorial is great for intermediate Photoshop artists who want to start having a go at more advanced Photoshop manipulation techniques. One thing you can take away from this video is how important it is to style your composite to blend all the elements seamlessly.