I am so excited I finally finished this post for you!!! I want to post more fine art editing tutorials, textures, and actions, and this week I figured out a way to add gorgeous sun rays and golden light to images WITHOUT using overlays. I call this Photoshop/PSE action “Golden Sun Rays” and it is so easy to use and I hope you love it as much as I do! I have posted a step-by-step tutorial below.
CoffeeShop “Golden Sun Rays” Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:
Open your image and run the CoffeeShop “Golden Sun Rays” action.
When the Gradient Fill 1 prompt comes up, click “OK”.
This Gradient Fill pane will pop up that allows you to automatically and easily add the beautiful sun rays.
Click on the sun rays in the image and move them over to an area on the image that you think they look best. In this case I dragged them over to the upper right side.
Then adjust the “Scale” to taste.
Press “OK” to accept your changes. This is what the image looked like after the action finished running.
I clicked to select the top “Sun Rays” layer’s mask and used a soft low-opacity black brush to gently paint some of the bright sun off of his face and hair.
You can also open up the “Drama” layer and further adjust the contrast. I was happy with it in this image so I made no changes.
If you want to remove the golden tint, simply turn off the “Golden Tint” layer or reduce the opacity.
I would love to see your own edits using this action! Feel free to post them on my Facebook page. I might even ask you if I can post it over here on my blog so I can show off your amazing work. 🙂
Do you want to download my favorite CoffeeShop PSE/Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets or Design Elements in one convenient zipped file AND help support this blog? Just click here for my action pack or here for a download of some of my most popular design elements, storyboards, and textures.
For complete info on installing all of my actions, click here.
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