Step 12 Group these two layers so they are inside a folder in the Layers panel, then change the folder’s blending mode to Screen. You should now have a nice light leak effect.

Step 13 Let’s repeat the process to create a sun flare above the model’s shoulder. Use the same techniques to create two layers with red and yellow brushed spots (above), group them into a folder, and change the folder’s blending mode to Screen.

Fabio Sasso

Who: Graphic and web designer Fabio Sasso is best known for his Photoshop artworks and tutorials. He is also co-founder of Zee, a web-design studio and runs a hugely successful digital arts and creativity blog, Abduzeedo.
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4
Time to complete: 2 hours