Do you ever find yourself wanting to add a little pop of extra flare to your images, such as a backlit lens flare or maybe soft sunlight beaming in? This quick and effective method will show you how to create custom flares for your images in minutes.
In this video from Photoshop Desire, you’ll learn how to take simple steps to create your own starburst effect in any color you choose. The video shows the creation of a blue starburst that is used to simulate a backlight effect, but in the step where where a hue/saturation adjustment layer is used, you will be able to choose any color you’d like for your burst. I can see this coming in handy for a simulated warm sunset burst to add a little pop to outdoor photos.
I found a few of the steps here a bit more complicated than necessary, and if you have much Photoshop experience, you might find a quicker or easier way that you prefer to accomplish a few of the things demonstrated here. For instance, I found it much easier to create a layer mask and brush out what is referred to here as the “center attach line,” rather than follow the steps in the video, but overall, the process and effects work well together to produce a moveable, stretchable, versatile final starburst.
What is your favorite way to use starburst light effects in your photos? Share some examples in the comments!