Are you looking to accentuate beautiful light in your images? With this tutorial, you will know how to add a light flare overlay in Photoshop!


Light flare overlays can be a great way to accentuate the beautiful light that is already in a photo, and can be a simple way to add drama or a dreamy feel to your image. This process is simple and quick – anyone can do it!


In the video below, we will guide you step by step in how to add a light flare overlay in Photoshop. We have also outlined each step below.

With your photo open in Photoshop, you can follow these steps:

  • Select the overlay to add to the image by going to File > Place Embedded
  • Select overlay source (the image being used as an overlay)
  • Resize/reposition to fit as needed and apply changes
  • Change Blend Mode to Screen
  • Adjust opacity as desired
  • Add Layer Mask
  • Select Brush Tool
  • Use a black brush to brush the overlay off areas where you do not want the overlay (adjusting brush opacity as desired)

how to add a light flare overlay



A light flare overlay is most believable when you are enhancing light that is already there. The light flare will not be believable or realistic if there isn’t already sunlight or a natural light source in your photo.

Be sure that your light flare follows the same direction of light as the sunlight already in your photo. Look for the existing rays of sunlight or the patterns of highlights on your subjects to determine where the natural light is coming from, and position your added light flare accordingly.

And remember, less is usually more when it comes to light flares. Adding too much can look over done and even detract from your subjects. The goal of the light flare is to enhance what is already there, so remember that a little goes a long way!

how to add a light flare overlay

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