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May
11

Understand how the Lens Flare filter works in Photoshop

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Tips & Tutorials, by Simon Skellon

Learn how the Lens Flare filter in Photoshop works for different types of images, and how to apply it to a sunset

Before

Lensf flare effect

After

Lens flare

Step 1 – Create new layer and fill

Add a new layer above the Background first of all. Then go to the Edit>Fill menu and set Contents to Black.

Understand how the Lens Flare filter works in Photoshop

Step 2 – Change blend mode

Hit OK in the Fill menu and set the layer to Screen blend mode. The Opacity can be left at 100%. There will be no visible differences to your image as of yet.

Understand how the Lens Flare filter works in Photoshop

Step 3 – Render filter

Find the Lens Flare filter under the Render options in the Filter menu. The preview represents the image and it’s a case of moving the lens flare inside this to fit over the sun, or main area of light in your image.

Understand how the Lens Flare filter works in Photoshop

Step 4 – Flare settings

The Brightness of the Lens Flare depends on how bright your image is. This may take a few attempts to get right. If you don’t hit it right first time round after pressing OK, press Ctrl/Cmd+Z to undo the effect and then go back into the filter. Whenever you go back into the filter, previous settings are remembered.

Understand how the Lens Flare filter works in Photoshop

Step 5 – Set Lens Type

The Lens Type decides on the style of flare, depending on what camera lens was used at the time. Here are some tips:

50-300mm Zoom – Describes a lens that zooms anywhere between the focal lengths 50mm and 300mm. A versatile option, great for landscapes and street photograhy where the main subject isn’t too close to the camera.

Understand how the Lens Flare filter works in Photoshop

35mm Prime and 105mm Prime – The word ‘Prime’ describes a lens of a single, fixed focal length such as these.

105mm Prime is great for landscapes, such as the main image we used for this tutorial, because of its very soft and large glow, making a sunset seem dream-like.

The 35mm Prime option is ideal for subjects that are closer in the foreground, such as a portrait image. Notice how the first circle in this flare is the most distinct one of all.

Understand how the Lens Flare filter works in Photoshop

Movie Prime – Movie Prime creates sharp horizontal and diagonal lines across the image. This is not suited for normal photos, but has a cinematic appeal that would work well with 16:9 widescreen, stills, taking from a HD movie recording, for example.

Understand how the Lens Flare filter works in Photoshop

Here’s our chosen setting for the final effect here:

Understand how the Lens Flare filter works in Photoshop

Hope you enjoy trying this out on your images!

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  • http://copperanng.wix.com/hac4ever-zsg-mmu Andrew

    Why does it not allow me to use the lens flare?