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How Do You Make a Ray Effect in Photoshop?

Last updated on September 24, 2022 @ 3:44 pm

In Photoshop, the Ray Effect can be used to add a realistic touch to your images. This effect is perfect for creating sunrays, light beams, or even light streaks. To create a ray effect, you’ll need to use the Line Tool.

First, open your image in Photoshop. Then, select the Line Tool from the toolbar. You can find it under the “Shape” tool group.

Next, click on the starting point for your ray effect and drag your mouse to the end point. As you drag, you’ll see a line being created. When you’re happy with the length of the line, release the mouse button.

Now it’s time to add some style to your line. With the Line Tool still selected, open the “Options” panel from the top toolbar. Here, you can change things like the thickness and color of your line.

For our purposes, we want to make our line quite thin. So, reduce the “Stroke” value until it’s around 1px or 2px. You can also experiment with different colors for your line, but we’ll stick with black for now.

Once you’re happy with how your line looks, it’s time to add the ray effect. With your line still selected, go to “Filter > Render > Lens Flare”. This will bring up a new window with several options for adding different kinds of lens flares to your image.

For our purposes, we want to use the “50-300mm Zoom” option. This will create a realistic ray effect that looks like it’s coming from a distant object. Play around with the other options until you find one that you like!

When you’re happy with how your ray looks, click “OK” to apply the effect. And that’s it! You’ve now successfully added a ray effect to your image using Photoshop.

So there you have it! Now you know how to create a realistic ray effect in Photoshop using the Line Tool and Lens Flare filter.

PRO TIP: This article contains instructions on how to create a ray effect in Photoshop. However, it is important to note that this effect can only be achieved using the latest version of Photoshop. If you are using an older version of Photoshop, you will not be able to create this effect.
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