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30 Brilliant Photoshop Lighting Effects Tutorials

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A current trend in design is adding lighting effects to enhance your digital art. In this article, you’ll find 30 dazzling lighting techniques that you can use to add a bit of sparkle into your work.

Expressive lighting effects

Engulf photo subjects with glowing lights by following along this top-notch tutorial.

Expressive lighting effects

Adding Light Streaks to A Photo

Add light streaks to photos using Photoshop’s Pen Tool and some simple Layer styles.

Adding Light Streaks to A Photo

Super Slick Dusky Lighting Effects in Photoshop

Enhance your photos with a surreal light effect via this excellent tutorial.

Super Slick Dusky Lighting Effects in Photoshop

Lighting Effects in Photoshop

Enhance your photos by using the Liquify and Gaussian Blur Filters to lighting effects.

Lighting Effects in Photoshop

How to Create Intense Light Streaks in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how introduce light streaks around your artwork’s subjects.

How to Create Intense Light Streaks in Photoshop

The Ocean Girl Photo Effect

Learn how to create a brilliant and dreamy scene in this excellent Photoshop tutorial.

The Ocean Girl Photo Effect

Luminescent Lines

Create luminous light streaks by leveraging the power of Photoshop’s Brush Tool.

Luminescent Lines

Add Another Dimension

You’ll be able to download supporting files involved in this stunning Photoshop tutorial.

Add Another Dimension

A Cool Lighting Effect In Photoshop

A mix of simple Photoshop techniques will lead you to a beautiful lighting effect finish.

A Cool Lighting Effect In Photoshop

Create a Glowing Light Painting Effect

This Psdtuts+ tutorial shows you how to add a unique light effect to photos.

Create a Glowing Light Painting Effect

How to Create an Interplay of Abstract Light Streaks

Make abstract light streaks for use as a background and for other design elements.

How to Create an Interplay of Abstract Light Streaks

Design a Coldplay/Apple Inspired Portrait in Photoshop

Recreate a stunning Coldplay-inspired portrait using Photoshop.

Design a Coldplay/Apple Inspired Portrait in Photoshop

Electrifying Energy Beams

Add glowing light streaks around photo subjects using the Brush Tool and Layer styles.

Electrifying Energy Beams

Use lighting effects to make photos sparkle

This tutorial shows you some advanced lighting effect techniques in Photoshop.

Use lighting effects to make photos sparkle

Light Effect On A Model

Learn to embrace a model with a unique light streak by reading through this tutorial.

Light Effect On A Model

Awesome digital bokeh effect in Photoshop

Recreate the Bokeh photo technique in Photoshop.

Awesome digital bokeh effect in Photoshop

Fiery Photoshop Space Explosion Tutorial

Make an out-of-this-world space explosion by reading this Photoshop tutorial.

Fiery Photoshop Space Explosion Tutorial

Space Lighting Effects in 10 Steps

Create a space lighting effect using a combination of Photoshop techniques.

Space Lighting Effects in 10 Steps

Creating a Rocking Silhouette in Photoshop

Make your photos rock with silhouettes in this excellent Photoshop tutorial.

Creating a Rocking Silhouette in Photoshop

Mysterious hell gate

Add a bit of mystery and suspense into your photos by following along this tutorial.

Mysterious hell gate

Energize Your Graphics with Abstract Energy Lines

This tutorial from Tutorial9 shows you how to add abstract glowing energy lines.

Energize Your Graphics with Abstract Energy Lines

Advanced Glow Effects

In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn some advanced Photoshop glow effects.

Advanced Glow Effects

Fire Lines V2

Learn to add smokin’ fire lines into your images through this Photoshop tutorial.

Fire Lines V2

Lighting effects in Photoshop

Digital Arts online shows us how to create a surreal scene using lighting effects.

Lighting effects in Photoshop

Swirls Tutorial

Learn how to create glowing swirls that you can incorporate to existing digital artwork.

Swirls Tutorial

Light and glow effect in Photoshop

This tutorial mixes several popular lighting and glow effects into one stunning piece.

Light and glow effect in Photoshop

Windows Vista Aurora Effect Photoshop Tutorial

Remake the Aurora effect that Vista features as a default desktop background.

Windows Vista Aurora Effect Photoshop Tutorial

Really cool Eclipse Effect in Photoshop

Use a mix of Photoshop options such as the Lens Flare Filter to create this cool effect.

Really cool Eclipse Effect in Photoshop

Creating light motion trails & glowing sparks

Make dynamic artwork with motion trails/sparks effects; Learn how in this tutorial.

Creating light motion trails & glowing sparks

Mysterious Lighting Effect Tutorial for Photoshop

Add an enigmatic lighting effect onto your work by following along this tutorial.

Mysterious Lighting Effect Tutorial for Photoshop

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This was published on May 13, 2009

30 Comments

Callum Chapman May 13 2009

Thanks for this round-up, amazing collection of tutorials!

Jacob Gube May 13 2009

@Callum Chapman: Thanks and I’m glad you liked it.

shravan Mishra May 13 2009

Very nice post. This will surely help my photoshop skills.

Lauren Rabaino May 13 2009

Thanks for this! Can’t wait to start learning

Tim Smith May 13 2009

I especially liked the lighting tutorial by Tutorial9! I need to polish my Photoshop skills so…these tutorials will help a whole bunch. Thanks for the great round-up Jacob!

Daniel15 May 14 2009

Awesome tutorials! Great roundup, I love these :)

Claire Web May 14 2009

Some Excellent lighting effects. Adding them makes a good photo look really cool, modern and worthy of wall space. I have plenty of photos awaiting something to be done to them, so now is the time to do it!

Saylor May 14 2009

I’ve been meaning to practice up on some light effects in ps. This will be a great starting point!! thx.

Really nice article Jacob. I’ll be trying these out!

Anandarup May 15 2009

Wonderful…

Awesome..!! i’ve been waiting a Great tutorial like this..

Phaoloo Jun 20 2009

Great stuff!

Surya Nov 15 2009

it’s amazing…. it is very helpful for my designing
Thanks

arooj Jan 09 2010

awesome………

thanks for sharing this! i’ve been looking for this! :)

Nice roundup I can now start practising with these guides.

Sanjay Sehgal Apr 02 2010

thanks for sharing this
I like this work yaar amazing

thank u it very useful for my desighn

yethusoe Apr 27 2010

so good Website!!!!!
i like so Much~
Thank U Admins
Be HappY

isaac May 03 2010

awesome list of lighting effects

Amazing

Joe T Jan 11 2011

Do you have a tutorial for making light come from something? Like a beam of llight coming from a UFO.
Email me at [email removed for privacy]

Thanks.

maria Gutierrez Jan 19 2011

i lovee these effects but which photoshop should i download in order to have these effects?

Tutsnow.com Feb 14 2011

@Maria – u can use any photoshop version above cs3… However, my personal recommendation would be to go for photoshop cs5 which offers much more control and has 3D related features too!

Koowie May 03 2011

Wow these are great lighting effects. I wish I can do some of these!

Can I have your autograph!!!

beautiful..
like this..

efekphotoshop Jul 09 2011

this posting is a new inspiration for anyone. i like it. thank you for sharing…

rizael Aug 27 2011

waaowww…..
very good….@_<

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