How to Add a Sunlit Glow in Photoshop

Always wondered how to add a beautiful burst of sunlight to your photos?
Follow this simple eight step tutorial!


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After choosing your photo, add a gradient fill layer (Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient...)

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Change the mode to Hard Light and rename the layer if you want.

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Change the style to Radial and adjust the size to suit your photo (135%).

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Click on the gradient box. This will open the Gradient Editor.
Click the space below the gradient box to add a new stop.

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Change the first bottom stop to a creamy off white and then add two extra bottom stops.
Change their colours to yellow and orange and then adjust their location on the slider as shown.
Change the far bottom right stop to grey.

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Click on the far top right stop and change the opacity to about 30%.

Add a stop somewhere in the top middle between the two top stops and change it to about 70%.

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Click okay. Now without closing the Gradient Fill window, move your new sunburst to your preferred area of the photo and click okay!
Adjust the opacity of your fill layer to your liking.

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Don't be afraid to add a second burst to really sunny up the shot!

The finished shot...

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