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Creative lens effects

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General, by The Photoshop Creative Team
July 27, 2011

Get inventive with your photos by re-creating traditional photographic lens effects

The feature in issue 77 focused on re-creating some traditional lens effects. Here is an excerpt from the feature, showing how to make your own lens flare.

For most seasoned Photoshop artists, this effect holds a special spot in their memory as the first filter that immediately made them stop, check it out and say, “Wow, look at that!”

Actual lens flares are created by lights hitting the camera lens directly. The curve of the lens causes the ray of light to warp. In photography this is usually considered a mistake, but the result can frequently be beautiful. In Photoshop, a lens flare is created by a filter. Open ‘PalmSunset.jpg’ and go to Filter>Render>Lens Flare. Choose the 50-300mm Zoom lens type and set the Brightness to 130%. Then, in the small preview window, drag the flare into position before hitting OK.