Dramatic Flair with Filters
by Nannette Dalton
Turn a lens flare into an element that can be easily manipulated.
Step One: Create a Workspace
- Create a new 12 x 12 inch document (File > New > Blank File) at 300 ppi with a white background. (PS: Choose File > New.)
- Open a background paper (File > Open). I’m using a paper from Anna Aspnes.
- Get the Move tool.
- Holding down the Shift key, click and drag the paper onto the new document.
- Close the original background paper. The new document should now be the active document.
- Press the letter D to reset the Color Chips to the default of black and white.
Step Two: Create a Black Layer
- In the Layers panel, make sure the paper layer is the active layer.
- Click on the Create a New Layer icon.
- Press Alt Backspace (Mac: Opt Backspace) to fill the new layer with the Foreground Color Chip of black.
Don’t worry. I know this looks a little scary, but the black will all disappear.
Step Three: Apply the Lens Flare Filter
- In the Menu Bar, choose Filter > Render > Lens Flare.
- In the dialog box, set the Brightness to 100% and choose the 50-300 mm Zoom. Click OK.
Note: I used the 50-300mm Zoom option on my layout, but any of them will work with this tutorial.
Step Four: Change the Blend Mode
- In the Layers panel, change the Blend Mode of the flare layer to Screen.
Step Five: Edit the Flare Layer
- Lower the Opacity.
- Move it around.
- Transform the size.
- Mask or erase parts of the flare.
Here’s a scrapbook page I made using this tutorial.
I also used the Lens Flare Filter on this word art to give it a little more shine. (Told you I want to use it everywhere!)
Have fun with this dramatic little tool and show us what you did with it in the Digi Scrap Tutorial Gallery.
Scrapbook Page: “Eyes” by Nannette Dalton
Kits: “Art Play Palette Family” by Anna Aspnes, Striped Overlays by Anna Aspnes
Fonts: Chopin Script, American Typewriter
Sketch created with Akvis Sketch filter PlugIn
Software: Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
Originally published June 2012.
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