Create Some Dramatic Flair with Filters

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Nannette-200I have always loved the artwork of Thomas Kinkade because of the way he can capture and add light to a painting. As digital scrapbookers, we have in our tool box some great filters that can allow us to also add a dash of light for a dramatic effect, something I could never do as a paper scrapbooker.

I found the lens flare filter and was playing around a bit with it to see what it could do, but was disappointed that it was not something I could edit (change the opacity, erase, and so on). The filter also put the flare in the center of my image by default, and I found it really difficult to move it around.

After a while, I discovered there is a way to turn a lens flare into an element that can be manipulated. I love the look it gives my pages, and I am constantly trying to find different ways to add it to my layouts. Let’s look at how to create it and how to use it on a layout.

Tutorial:

For Adobe Photoshop Version click here.

Step One: Open and Prepare Your Layout

  • Begin with a nearly finished scrapbook page.
  • Press the letter D to reset the Color Chips to the Default of black and white.

Step Two: Create a New Layer and Fill with Black

  • In the Layers panel, make sure the top layer is the active layer.
  • Click on the Create a New Layer icon.

  • In the Tool Bar, get the Paint Bucket tool.

  • Click on your layout to turn it to black.

Don’t worry. I know this looks a little scary, but the black will all disappear.

Step Three: Apply the Lens Flare Filter

  • In the Menu Bar, choose Filter > Render > Lens Flare.

  • In the dialog box, set the Brightness to 100%, choose the 50-300 mm Zoom, and click OK.Note: I used the 50-300mm Zoom option on my layout, but any of them will work. Use what works best with your layout.

Step Four: Change the Blending Mode

  • In the Layers panel, change the Blending Mode to Screen.

You now can edit your lens flare by changing the opacity, moving it around, changing the size, erasing, and so on.

Here is how my layout turned out:

I also used the Lens Flare Filter on this Word Art to give it a little more shine. (Told you I want to use it everywhere!)

Have fun with this dramatic little tool and show us what you did with it in the Digi Scrap Tutorial of the Week Gallery.

Credits: Digi Scrap Tutorial: Create Some Dramatic Flair (Photoshop Elements) by Nannette Dalton

Layout: “Eyes” by Nannette Dalton

Kits: “Art Play Palette Family” by Anna Aspnes, previously available to Premier members during March 2012

Striped overlays by Anna Aspnes

Fonts: Chopin Script and American Typewriter

Sketch created with Akvis Sketch filter PlugIn

Software: Photoshop Elements 10

Download a PDF version of this “Create Some Dramatic Flair with Filters” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.

Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

Step One: Open and Prepare Your Layout

  • Begin with a nearly finished scrapbook page.
  • Press the letter D to reset the Color Chips to the Default of black and white.

Step Two: Create a New Layer and Fill with Black

  • In the Layers panel, make sure the top layer is the active layer.
  • Click on the Create a New Layer icon.

  • In the Tool Bar, get the Paint Bucket tool.

  • Click on your layout to turn it to black.

Don’t worry. I know this looks a little scary, but the black will all disappear.

Step Three: Apply the Lens Flare Filter

  • In the Menu Bar, choose Filter > Render > Lens Flare.

  • In the dialog box, set the Brightness to 100%, choose 50-300 mm Zoom, and click OK.Note: I used the 50-300mm Zoom option on my layout, but any of them will work. Use what works best with your layout.

Step Four: Change the Blending Mode

  • In the Layers panel, change the Blending Mode to Screen.

You now can edit your lens flare by changing the opacity, moving it around, changing the size, erasing, and so on.

Here is how my layout turned out:

I also used the Lens Flare Filter on this Word art. (Told you I want to use it everywhere!)

Have fun with this dramatic little tool and show us what you did with it in the Digi Scrap Tutorial of the Week Gallery.

Credits: Digi Scrap Tutorial: Create Some Dramatic Flair (Photoshop) by Nannette Dalton

Layout: “Eyes” by Nannette Dalton

Kits: “Art Play Palette Family” by Anna Aspnes, previously available to Premier members during March 2012

Striped overlays by Anna Aspnes

Fonts: Chopin Script and American Typewriter

Sketch created with Akvis Sketch filter PlugIn

Software: Photoshop CS5

Download a PDF version of this “Create Some Dramatic Flair with Filters” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.

Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

17 Responses

  1. Belle
    | Reply

    Thanks for this. I’m going to give it a try. It looks so pretty

  2. Jacqueline Tucker
    | Reply

    Thank-you!! Amazingly easy and amazingly beautiful effects.

    Love the idea of using it on alphas and titles!

  3. Jenifer Juris
    | Reply

    This is awesome – can’t wait to try it out!!

  4. Renee
    | Reply

    Thanks Nanette – so cool and so easy! Thanks for sharing. I already tried it and can see where it would look great on some pages. 🙂

    • Nannette Dalton
      | Reply

      Renee, That’s great! I would LOVE to see what you have done with your flares in the gallery.

  5. Christy Williamson
    | Reply

    Love this tutorial! Any chance in the future you’ll be telling us how you made the great pencil sketch on the background paper? 🙂

    • Nannette Dalton
      | Reply

      Christy, I’m so glad you enjoyed the tutorial the sketch was created using a plug-in called Akvis sketch filter.

  6. Christy Williamson
    | Reply

    Thanks! Is a plug-in something you can use with Elements? Is a plug-in like an action?

    • Nannette Dalton
      | Reply

      It is like an add-on program and yes this one works in elements.

  7. Cathy Vernon
    | Reply

    Love this thanks so much!

  8. Cheri Franz
    | Reply

    Hmmmm – once again I am stumped. This is having no effect when I use it in elements; and in Photoshop cs6 I can’t even get the render filter to allow me to use the lens flare – it simply won’t let me click on it [it isn’t active, neither is the option underneath, ‘lighting effects’. ]
    This is only the second time I can’t follow your excellent tutorials – you make it so easy because you don’t assume we know anything. I really appreciate that because there are a lot of things I know how to do – but MANY more things that I don’t know.
    Thank you for your detailed instruction! But I must say I am missing something here – maybe I don’t know what to look for???

    • Nannette Dalton
      | Reply

      Cheri, Sorry you are having some problems. What happened when you tried to use it in Elements?

  9. Giny
    | Reply

    Thanks, Nannette! Really great tutorial, and a lovely tribute to the late Thomas Kinkade.

  10. Pris Toth
    | Reply

    I really loved this whole layout – and ended up getting the free 10 day trial of Akvis Sketch to try it out. (Like it but NOT the price – $72.)

    Would love to have you run through the other steps using the layers (and erasers? and opacity changes? etc) you used to create this lovely, original layout. Possible?

  11. Nannette
    | Reply

    Pris, I am really glad you enjoyed the tutorial and thank you for the lovely compliments on my layout. On this layout I didn’t change the opacity or erase any of the flareI used it it’s full strength I just wanted you to know that you could change it if you needed to for your layout. Hope that helps.

    • Pris Toth
      | Reply

      Thanks, Nanette, I was thinking about the lovely varied background papers. I was trying to imitate this and did come up with something – just not as interesting or attractive as yours! This is what I meant when said I hoped for further info on how you created those effects too!

      I’ve never sent in a layout here before – and will do this soon, to show you the layout I did after your tutorial – tho’ haven’t tried the spot effect yet on it 🙂

    • Priscilla Galbraith
      | Reply

      OK, I uploaded to the Gallery (“19 Minutes Old” layout – by Prissaila) the layout inspired by you, using the Akvis Sketch. Thank you again!

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