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Look at that sunset! Isn’t that amazing!? Ahhh! Those beautiful beams of light streaming across the sky! It creates magic and drama! I love magic and drama. Especially in my images… I’m in the middle of a project where I need to create rays of light filtering through water. So yesterday, I set out into the world wide web on a mission to find the best PS tutorial for creating awesome and realistic looking sunbeams from scratch. I have to say there were a lot of duds. I want realism, baby and most of the methods I came across created cheesy, cartoonish beams… but luckily, (as one of my dearest friends has pointed out)… I have the patience of dripping water. HA! I kept digging and I think I’ve found one that is worthy of #SharingItForward… The key to making any edit look realistic is learning to finesse the results. There isn’t an editing process out there that looks good right out of the gate. You have to finesse it: a little dodge, a little burn, a soft brush here and there… keep on finessing until you get a realistic looking edit. In a lot of the tutorials I watched, the basic techniques were covered but they didn’t finesse it far enough. So without further adieu here is my pick for creating dramatic, realistic rays of sunshine in Photoshop… Thank you Steve Patterson of Photoshop Essentials for your awesome tut! Don’t forget to post links to your images, using this technique, in the comments below so we can all be inspired!
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