Add Beams to Your Photo and Electrify it

Adding effects to photos is more fun than taking those creative snaps. It’s every designer hobby to add different kind of effects to photos. The Photoshop community is always helpful with those creative brushes and filters around.

Let’s polish our skills by choosing an awesome dancer picture and adding beams to it. We’ll be wrapping this dancer’s body with a set of light beams, adding sparkles, and colors to make it magical.

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  • Program: Adobe Photoshop CS3
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Estimated Time: 1 – 2 hrs

Final Result

Photoshop Beginner Tutorial

We will just take the character and one brush from outside. Everything else is handmade here in Photoshop itself. Let’s start the fun.

Tutorial Resources

STEP-1 (New Photoshop Image File)

Let’s start by creating a new document. Set the dimensions of the canvas to 1200×1200 px.

Photoshop Image File

STEP-2 (Blue dust background)

Set the background color # 001520 and foreground color # 03223a in the bottom of tool palate, then select Filter > Render > Clouds. Background will look like this

Blue dust background

Then double click on the layer to access Layer Style and add Pattern Overlay as shown below:

Blue dust background

Background will look like this after adding pattern

Blue dust background

Now in a new layer take Soft Round Brush (B) with black color and brush across corners of canvas and Change the Blend Mode to Hard Light

Blue dust background

STEP-3 (Background lighting)

Create a new layer and take Soft Round 700 pixel Brush (B) with white color (#ffffff) and hit twice in the middle of canvas. Change the layer mode to Overly

Background lighting

Take a new layer for SS-light-beams Brush No. 2000 from source with white color(# ffffff) and brush at middle of canvas. Change the mode to Overlay

Background lighting

STEP-4 (Place Dancer)

Choosing the character is very important for this kind of tutorials. Right action character will make it attractive along with beams. Select character of your choice and place it in middle of canvas:

Place Dancer

Let’s add outer glow to the character, for that double click on the character’s layer to access the layer style and give the values as shown below:

Place Dancer

Character will look like this:

Place Dancer

Then select the characters dress using Pen Tool (P) and change color (Ctrl+B) with values (+86, +47 ,+100):

Place Dancer

It looks like this after makeover:

Place Dancer

STEP-5 (Create beams on character)

In a new layer using Pen Tool (P) draw curved lines rhythmically according to characters movement:

beams on character

After creating the curves right click on curve line, select Stroke path, select Brush and click Ok. Select Soft Round 4-5 pixel brush (B) with white color and hit F5 to see Other Dynamics of Brushes and follow setting as shown below:

beams on character

The Brush strokes will look like this:

beams on character

Using Eraser Tool (E) erase the strokes passing over the character:

beams on character

Let’s add outer glow to the beams for that double click on the curves layer to access layer style and give values as shown below:

beams on character

Image will look like this after adding outer glow to beams:

beams on character

STEP-6 (Add sparkles on beams)

To give sparkle effect I have created my own brush using default Assorted brushes (Star, Star Burst) & Soft Round. For that let’s create a new document, Set the dimensions of the canvas to 600×600 px. Create shapes like this:

sparkles on beams

Load selection around the shapes by Ctrl-Click on the layer’s thumbnail. Then go to Edit > Define Brush Preset. Now new brush will be added in your default brushes. Create sparkles on beams using this brush and white color. Use small brush to add sparkles at the end points of beam:

sparkles on beams

Let’s add outer glow to the sparkles by double clicking on layer and using values as shown below:

sparkles on beamsl

Then the image will look like this:

sparkles on beams

STEP-7 (Add glow to the character)

Lets create a new layer and use Soft Round Brush(B) to paint the body parts where the beams are passing through(Face, hands and legs). Then reduce the opacity of layer to 30% and change the mode to Overlay:

glow to the character

STEP-8 (Creating space environment)

To make it more attractive lets add some colorful stars around the character. I used same brush which we created for sparkles. Take a new layer and create stars around the character:

space environment

Lets add Gradient Overlay to the stars by double click on layer thumbnail and values as shown below:

space environment

Here is how it looks:

space environment

Try to erase stars slightly across corners by using soft round brush.

Final Image:

Here is how our final photo looks:

Photoshop Beginner Tutorial

Hope you enjoyed going through this tutorial. Have you ever added beams to your photo? What are you waiting for, just take out an image and start the makeover.

Photoshop Beginner Tutorial

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