hi this is Marty from Blue Lightning TV
I'm going to show you a quick tip on how
to accurately position a lens flare
change its color and even remove
portions of it if you want to open a
photo you'd like to add a lens flare too
I downloaded this one from
shutterstock.com before we begin you
should know that the lens flare filter
won't work on an empty layer so before
you apply the filter make sure there's
something in your lair for this example
I'd like the lens flare positioned
exactly over the Sun go to filter render
and lens flare
because the preview window has always
been small it's difficult to position
the lens flare accurately on your
preview image position it as best as you
can in the meantime feel free to adjust
its brightness to whatever looks good to
you for this image I'll leave it at a
hundred percent choose the lens type and
now that we have the general position of
the lens flare press ctrl-z on Windows
or command Z on a mac to undo the last
click the new layer icon to make a new
layer we'll fill this empty layer with
black to do this press Shift + the f5
key at the top of your keyboard to open
the fill window open contents and choose
press ctrl or command F to repeat the
last filter you used doing this
duplicates the lens flares type position
and intensity to see your image under it
change its blend mode to screen
to accurately position the flare open
your transform tool by pressing ctrl or
temporarily reduce its opacity to zero
all transformations are performed around
a fixed point called the reference point
by default this point is at the center
of the item you're transforming you can
drag the reference point to a different
location drag it directly over the spot
you like the center of your lens flare
to be then increase the opacity back to
a hundred percent we can always adjust
the opacity later go inside the
transform and drag it so the lens flare
is directly over the spot to ensure that
the entire lens flare covers your
background image go to a corner
and when you see a diagonal double-arrow
press and hold alt or option + shift as
you drag it out make sure the top bottom
and sides of the transforms bounding box
are outside the edges of your background
image to accept it press Enter or return
for this image I'll reduce the lens
flares opacity to eighty percent
to change its color
click your adjustment layer icon and
click the clipping mask icon which clips
or restricts the adjustment layer to
effect just the lens flare and not the
drag the hue slider to a color you like
you can also hide areas of the flare if
you want to do this click the lens flare
layer to make it active and click the
layer mask icon this makes a layer mask
next to the lens flare
open your brush tool and brush picker
will take care of the size in a moment
make its hardness 0% and the opacity and
flow a hundred percent then press Enter
to make your brush smaller or larger
press the left or right bracket key on
then brush over the areas of the lens
flare that you want to hide this is
Marty from Blue Lightning TV thanks for
Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I'm going to show you a quick tip on how to
accurately position a lens flare, change its
color an even remove portions of it if you want to.
Open a photo you'd like to add a lens flare to.
I downloaded this one from Shutterstock.com.
Before we begin, you should
know that the lens flare filter won't work
on an empty layer, so before you apply the
filter, make sure there's something in your layer.
For this example, I'd like the lens
flare positioned exactly over the sun.
Go to Filter, Render and Lens Flare.
Because the preview window has always been small,
it's difficult to position the lens flare
accurately on your preview image.
Position it as best you can in the meantime. Feel free
to adjust its brightness to whatever looks
good to you. For this image, I'll leave it
at 100%. Choose the Lens Type and click OK.
Now that we have the general position of the lens flare, press Ctrl + z on Windows or
Cmd + z on a Mac to undo the last step.
Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. We'll
fill this empty layer with black. To do this,
press Shift + F5 key at the top of your keyboard
to open the Fill window. Open Contents and choose Black.
Press Ctrl or Cmd + F to repeat the last filter you used.
Doing this, duplicates
the lens flare's type, position and intensity.
To see your image under it, change its blend
mode to "Screen".
To accurately position the flare, open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T.
Temporarily reduce its opacity to 0.
All transformations are performed around
a fixed point called the "Reference Point".
By default, this point is at the center of
the item you're transforming. You can drag
the reference point to a different location.
Drag it directly over the spot
you'd like the center of your lens flare to
be. Then, increase the opacity back to 100%.
We can always adjust the opacity later. Go
inside the Transform and drag it, so the lens
flare is directly over the spot. To ensure
that the entire lens flare covers your background
image, go to a corner and when you see a diagonal,
double arrow, press and hold Alt or Option
+ Shift as you drag it out. Make sure the
top, bottom and sides of the Transform's bounding
box are outside the edges of your background
image. To accept it, press Enter or Return.
For this image, I’ll reduce the lens flare’s opacity to 80%.
To change its color,
click your Adjustment layer icon
and click "Hue / Saturation".
Click the Clipping Mask icon, which clips or restricts the adjustment layer
to effect just the lens flare and not the background image.
Drag the Hue slider to a color you like.
You can also hide areas of the flare if want.
To do this, click Lens
flare layer to make it active and click the
Layer Mask icon. This makes a layer mask next to the lens flare.
Open your Brush Tool and the Brush Picker.
We'll take care of the Size
in a moment. Make its Hardness: 0% and the
Opacity and Flow: 100%. Then, press Enter or Return.
To make your brush smaller or larger, press the left or right bracket on your keyboard.
Then, brush over the areas of the lens flare that you want to hide.
This is Marty from
Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!