Light Beam Effect

Light Beam Effect

This easy step-by step tutorial will teach you how to create a light beam effect on the picture. This tutorial requires a variety of different filters.


Create a new Photoshop document with 500×500 px and fill the background layer black.

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Then using Google Pictures find and copy onto the canvas some appropriate picture like mine. Also feel free to use your own pictures. Reduce it a little bit to get the picture like below:

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Duplicate this layer with Ctrl+J and apply Filter > Blur > Radial Blur to the original lower layer:

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See the result now:

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Now, select the Horizontal Type Tool and type your text on the stage use the color of #ebb100:

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Rasterize this text layer with Layer > Rasterize > Type. After that press Ctrl+J to duplicate layer. Go to the previous layer and apply Filter > Blur> Gaussian Blur. Use the following setting and click ok.

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Now we have something like this:

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Select Filter > Blur > Radial Blur with next presets:

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Now your picture should look as mine:


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Press Ctrl+F two more times to apply the same filter twice more.

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Now, go to the lower layer and apply following layer styles for this layer:
• Drop Shadow
• Outer Glow

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Now you can see the result:

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Ok, now time to add glare to the text. Use Select > Load Selection to make text selection, after that create a new layer and move it on the top in the Layers Palette. Then fill the selected area with white to transparent gradient.

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Now, use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to make a new selection and press Delete to clear selected area.

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Deselect chosen area with Ctrl+D and set opacity up 65%:

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I think it will be better to make some shining around the text. Merge all of text layers in one, then create a new one layer under the text layer. Use the Elliptical Marquee Tool to create selection on it and fill it with black color.

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Remove the selection with Ctrl+D, after that apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur with similar settings to these:

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We received picture like so:

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Well, we’re done for this tutorial! Hope it was interesting and useful for you.

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