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.

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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

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