How To Create Your Own Light Ray Brushes In Adobe Photoshop | DENIS L. | Skillshare

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How To Create Your Own Light Ray Brushes In Adobe Photoshop

teacher avatar DENIS L., Photographer

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4 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Peparing Base For Making Brushes

    • 3. Create Brushes

    • 4. Saving Brushes Into Brushes Pallette

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There are many different ways of creating light rays in photoshop but wouldn't it be nice to have a variety of light ray brushes at your disposal. Well now you can. In this tutorial I will show you how to create you own  light ray brushes in Adobe Photoshop. A four segment tutorial.

Segment 1. Introduction

Segment 2. Preparing the base for making brushes.

Segment 3. Create brushes.

Segment 4. Saving brushes into brush palette. 

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Denis G Lemay was brought up in a little coastal town of Biddeford Maine, served in Vietnam in 1968 in the army corps of engineer, then in 1971 went to school in NY to persue the field of professional photography, and relocated to a little Dutch town of Kutztown Pennsylvania where he owned and operated Rembrandt Studios in two different locations. In 1998 Denis relocated to Wilmington North Carolina where he now owns and operates Ocean View Photography located near Wrightsville Beach NC. 


Past affiliations are PPA, WPPI, IPPG, OPHF, and CFCC. Exhibited at KU, WPPI, OPHF,NYIP. 

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1. Introduction: Hi, everyone on Dennis LeMay. And today we're gonna talk about light rays. There are a lot of different techniques in four shop for creating light rays. And the technique you use will depend on the image that you're working on and how verse you are with that particular technique. Today, I want to show you how to create light ray brushes from scratch and a dove for your shop. If you look at this image, um, this light rain was created with the brush along with this image, the light rate here was created with a precious Well, this tutorial will take place in three segments. The first segment I'm going to show you how to prepare the base for making brushes. And then once we completed that, the second segment, we'll show you how to create the to to light ray brushes. Although even though we're just creating too, once you've learned how to do this, you can create as many as you want a different types of of light ray brushes. And then on the third segment, I'll show you how to save these brushes in the brush panel. So stick around and we'll see you in a 2nd 1 2. Peparing Base For Making Brushes: Welcome back. Everybody in this segment, we're going to prepare the base for making our brushes. I should tell you that I did upload a pdf with all the instructions of all three segments. If you want to download it and print it, you can follow me as we go along. Or you could just take notes as we go along. Okay, let's begin. First thing we're going to do is create a new document, file new and set it at 5000 pixels by 5000 pixels and set the resolution to 72 and then click. OK? Yeah. Our next step is to fill this background layer was black. If you go to edit Phil and then scroll down to black click OK, Our next step will be to create a new document, a new blank document. It would be the first icon next to the trash. You know, you're letting palette click on it and name that layer Sunray one or just playing Sunray Should Ray. Okay, now we're going to grab our elliptical tool right here. Make sure the feather isn't zero, and then just draw a small circle in the center or the image our next step is to go to select, Modify feather and type in 200 pixels. Click. OK, Make sure the background foreground here over here is black and white, and you can switch the black and white bottom and talk. Make sure the white is on top. Black is on the bottom. That would make it white in the foreground, black as a background. Now make sure your sunray layers selected and go to filter, render clouds and click on it, and then de select your elliptical tool. And that's what we need to do to prepare were now prepared to create. We're Sunray brushes, and that will be in next second. Just hold this the way it is and go to the next segment. 3. Create Brushes: Hi, everyone. Now we're ready to create our brushes. We're going to create two brushes. Although, oh, after you learned how to do this, you can create as many brushes is your what of different type of sun rays. Okay, so we have our base. Our next step would be to make sure you're your son. Ray Layers is selected and duplicated. You can right click and click on. Do quickly duplicate layer. Name it sunray one. So that would be Sunray number one click. OK. And then on the layer that says sunray, click on the I to make it invisible. Okay, Now make sure Sunray one is selected. Go to filter, blur and scroll down to Radio Blur. All right, it looked like this. When you first make sure it's on zoom and ill default will be on good, which is fine. And on the amount make sure you type in 99. Then just grab the center and drag it all the way to the top. Left corner Click. Ok. And, um, radio Blur is now creating. We're son. Right In this first step, it's a little intense. Yeah, we are. Now, if you want to make the res little more visible. Ah, you go to image adjustments and then levels and type in 25 and then 0.65 and then 205 and click. Ok, all right. And if you want a little more detail, you go to filter Scharping on shop mask. And here you're typing 1% on the amount 1 80 pixels and threshold would be zero and click. OK, this is up to you. All right? And that's our first brush. Okay, so now on these sunray one layer, just click the eyeball to make it invisible and then go back to Sunray, the original one, and click on the eyeball to make it visible. We're now going to create our second brush. So we want to duplicate this layer right click duplicate layer and name it Sunray to number two. Okay, again, make thes sunray layer invisible and then select Sunray to All right. So now we go again to filter blur radio Blur and drag it back to the center like we had it before. When you first started, make sure it's a 99 amount, zoom and good, and then drag the center straight up to the top center. Click OK, And again, real blur. A little intense, but it takes about a minute or two. You can sing a little bit. Do do do to To To to remember jeopardy do, do, do, do do do do Okay, we we are, and you can see the sun rays straight. Damn! Now, if you want to make this one more visible, just command Jay, if you ever if you're on a Mac or control, uh, if if you're on a PC that will duplicate that layer and make it a little stronger, you can see that's up to you whether you want to make it stronger or not. If you want to make the, um, sunray more narrow, all you need to do is go to edit free transform and you pulled his top part up and kind of bring it in a little bit and you've got a more narrow brush that's up to you. And that's why I say you can make all kinds of different brushes this way. Okay, that's so that's our brush number two. So now that we have these two brushes, we're going to save them into our brush palette and that will be on the next segment, so just leave everything the way it is and go to segment. 4. Saving Brushes Into Brushes Pallette: Welcome back. We're now ready to save our brushes that we've created in the last segment. Okay, let's start with brush number one. Select sunray, one layer click on the eyeball to make it visible and make sunray to invisible. So the only thing visible here is son ready one and layer the background layer black layer on the bottom. Okay, so first thing we're gonna dio is we need to add a new invert adjustment layer. You do that by going to adjustments. And right here on the bottom, this square where says invert, click on it and they will put that letter right on top of sunray one, then go to select. Oh, then copy. I mean, at it. Copy merged and then edit paste. Then go to edit again. Define brush preset. And in here, um, type in Sunray one. I've already done that, so I'm not gonna do it again. I already have it in my palette. Somebody had cancelled. Then click. Ok, that's your first brush. Now we're gonna do the second brush, so click on the eyes to make these top three layers invisible. Go to Sunray. Number two layer. I mean, Sunray to click on the I to make it visible. And then again, I'm gonna go into adjustments. Same thing we did last time. Invert lair. And then, um, go to select Oh, and then edit. Copy merged and then and it paste and again at it. Define brush preset, and then name it Sunray to be a second brush, which I've already talked. So many had cancer. You hit. Okay, so there you are. You have both brushes in your palate, and you can check that by going to your brush tool and then right click and then scroll down to the bottom. They should be right on the bottom. You can check it out. Okay. Now, let me give you an idea. Are quick brief idea on how to use these brushes. Now, if you could see here, I have an image of a bride and groom, and, um, I'm going to create a sunray right here, going towards so I've already selected made a selection of the bride and groom with the magnetic marquis. And, uh, what I need to do now because I'm gonna work on the outside of the selection is to right click and select in verse, and then I'm gonna create a blank layer. And I usually, like Teoh, duplicate my original layer. Every time I do anything, create a blank layer, grab my brush tool and, uh, right click. And I have a brush number three layer of sunray, which is the absent from what we did a while ago when we did a walk. Oh, is in this direction. This one's in coming from the right and you can adjust the size your brush to whatever size , son. Ready one and make a little bigger if I can, Okay. And then make sure you're on 100% opacity. And now what I did You want to make sure you're foreground is white. Or you could take an eye dropper, which I did here and, um, make a selection somewhere to match your son line, which I did. It's a little warm. A little bit on the yellow. I did it on the porch area here. Okay. And then just draw or drag your son right down onto your subject. Here we go. And if you want to make a little brother and go down the second time, But if you want to make it, Uh, not quite as bright. Just go to a pacenti and you can adjust the brightness of your of your son, right? Right about there. It looks good right there. And then if you want to, you can see I've got a little bit of sunray right on the building there. If you want to remove that, just select your eraser, and you can just remove the excess sunray on the building. We're on. Anything else that you want to remove? That looks pretty good right there. You know, I'm gonna take that selection out, and there's my son, right? It's that simple. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. And, um, remember, if you can, um, send us an image that you've, um, used a brush tools sunray on any image that you have Senate tours give us. Ah, before and after. And we can all learn from each other's images. The more images we have from students, other students will be encouraged to try it too. So thank you. And, um, see you next time