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Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop

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In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a scenic sun rise to an image in Photoshop using different kinds of filters.

Learn How to Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop

Tutorial Details

Program: Photoshop CS5

Estimated Completion Time: 15-20 Minutes

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used in the creation of this tutorial.

* Mountains and glacier

* Mountains landscape and lake

 

Step 1

Create a new document with width 1200px and height 1000px in Photoshop.

Learn How to Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop

Step 2

Open the image file on which you want to apply the sunrise effect. Press Ctrl+ A to select the image, and then press Ctrl+ C to copy the selection. Come back to your document and press Ctrl+ V to paste the image here.

Learn How to Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop

Step 3

Duplicate the image by going to Layer > Duplicate layer. Now go to Filter > Render > Lighting effects and use the given settings.

Learn How to Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop

Learn How to Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop

Step 4

Now create a new layer by going to Layer > New layer. Fill it with # 000000 color using ‘paint bucket tool’. Now go to Filter > Render > Lens flare and use the following values.

Learn How to Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop

Step 5

Change the blending mode of this layer to ‘screen’.

Learn How to Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop

Step 6

Now click on the image copy with lighting effect and go to Image > Adjustments > Levels. Use the given settings for it.

Learn How to Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop

Step 7

Next, we’ll create sun rays. Create a new layer and fill it with # 000000color using ‘paint bucket tool’. Now go to Filter > Render > Fibers and use the given values here.

Learn How to Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop

Step 8

Now go to Filter > Blur > Radial blur and use the following settings for it.

Learn How to Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop

Step 9

Change the blending mode of this layer to Screen.

Learn How to Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop

Reposition the sun rays with the help of ‘move tool’, so that its center comes over the sun. Reduce the opacity of this layer to 35%.

Learn How to Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop

Step 10

Now select the soft round eraser tool, reduce its opacity to 20% and gently erase the edges of the sun rays layer to blend it nicely with the image.

Learn How to Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop

Step 11

Create a new layer; place it just above the image copy with lighting effect. Fill this layer with # fffec4 color using ‘Paint bucket tool’. Change the blending mode of this layer to ‘Multiply’.

Learn How to Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop

Step 12

You can create sunrise effect on any image using this technique. If you are applying this effect on an image with watr, then follow this step to create lighting effect on water surface. Here we’ve applied the above mentioned technique on this image.

Learn How to Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop Learn How to Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop

Now to highlight water, select the soft round brush, keep its opacity 15%. Set # ff9024 as your foreground color. Apply the brush over the water as shown below.

Learn How to Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop

Change the blending mode of this layer to ‘Overlay’.

Learn How to Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop

Have a look at our final results.

Learn How to Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop

Learn How to Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop

Learn How to Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop

Learn How to Create a Scenic Sun Rise in Photoshop

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and learned something useful. Do share your thoughts regarding it. Have fun!

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