Turning a run-of-the-mill photo into a dazzling one is simple – when you know the right tricks. In this tutorial, Photoshop maestro Pete Harrison – aka Aeiko – shows how to create a variety of light effects that can be applied to photography or illustration with equal impact.

From sparkles, pixie dust effects, coloured light spots and light beams, to using splatter effects as a form of lighting, it’s all here. Some of the tricks you’ll learn are created through cunning use of stock photography, while others make use of Photoshop’s built-in tools.

Time to complete

2-3 hours

Software used

Adobe Photoshop CS4 or later

Project Files

(it’s free!)

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