40 Intense Photoshop Light Effect Tutorials

May 6, 2012

Achieving the perfect Photoshop light effect for your artwork can prove difficult for novice graphic designers, but when you master Photoshop lighting you can add brilliant new dimensions to your designs that wow clients and their customers. Outstanding design commands attention, and rich lighting effects are essential to crafting compelling art. Learn from the following 40 intense Photoshop light effect tutorials to enhance your work immediately.

Focus With Light

Learn how to draw focus to a specific element of a photograph using Photoshop lighting effects.

Blazing Logo

This Photoshop tutorial shows you how to make a blazing logo, using the Nike logo as an example.

Glowing Text

This Photoshop light effect tutorial details how you can make text glow with advanced effects.

Planet Collision

If you love astronomical designs, you'll love this Photoshop light effect tutorial that details how you can design colliding extraterrestrial bodies.

Dramatic Lighting

This Photoshop tutorial shows how to take an uninspiring photograph and add a dramatic flair using dynamic lighting effects.

Magic Lights

The cat's out of the bag, and the rabbit's out of the hat with this revealing Photoshop magic lights tutorial.

Coldplay Silhouette

If you love Coldplay, you'll love creating this stage silhouette effect.

Glowing Superhero

This Photoshop tutorial details how you can create a glowing superhero, but you can use this light effect for many other speedy designs.

Background Light

This is a pretty cool technique everyone should master; light and smoke emanating from behind an object.

Sparkle Trail

Turn little princesses into fairies with this sweet and sparkling Photoshop light effect tutorial.

Into the Light

A wicked cool representation of walking into the unknown.

Lomo Photography Effect

How do you turn normal, drab digital photos into stunning Lomo? With Photoshop lighting effects, of course!

More Magic Light

This Photoshop tutorial is based on the “buy me a coffee” icon, but I think it would look cooler coming out of a treasure chest or other magical box.

Fantasy Night Sky

Use Photoshop lighting effects to create a stunning fantasy night sky in a cartoon style.

Realistic Rainbows

The previous tutorial demonstrated how to make cartoonish rainbows, this tutorial teaches you how to add realistic rainbows to digital photos.

Alien Invasion

Remember how the alien ships shot down destructive beams of light in “Independence Day”? You can create that lighting effect with this Photoshop tutorial.

Replicate Professional Camera Filter

You've seen the photos that accent each light in a star pattern. Master this tutorial to turn any night shot into a stunning work of art!

Vintage Photo Effect

I'm not sure this is so much vintage as it is halcyon, but in any event this is a cool tutorial you can have a ton of fun with.

Light Through The Trees

When you can't get that perfect glowing shot and don't want to wait until high noon to get it naturally, you can fake it convincingly with this Photoshop light effect tutorial.

Glowing Neon Girl

Want to add a neon or blacklight effect to a human? Try this Photoshop tutorial.

Bling Bling!

If you want to add sheen to your bling, you need this tutorial thing.

Electrifying Guitar

Use Photoshop to add neon light effects and more to any object; a guitar is used in this tutorial.

Northern Lights

Recreate the Aurora Borealis with this Photoshop light effects tutorial.

IES Lighting

Add IES lighting to add realism to your Photoshop designs. This tutorial tells you how to do it.

Mystical Skies

Learn how to use Photoshop to add fantasy celestial bodies to your digital photo skies.

Flaming Photo Manipulation

Turn any subject into a ball of fire with this hot Photoshop tutorial.

Colorful Light Text

Turn your text into colorful lights with this fun and cool Photoshop lighting effect tutorial.


After following this tutorial you'll be able to Photoshop a cool eclipse effect.

Giant Red Star

You can turn a black and white photo of the moon into a blazing giant red star with this Photoshop light effect tutorial.

Vector Polishing

This tutorial explains why you should use Photoshop to polish vectors made in Illustrator, and offers examples for doing so.

Combining Renders and Light Effects

This tutorial covers the technique of combining renders and light effects in Photoshop for stunning results.

Disco Typography

Get the party started by crafting your own disco and nightclub typography.

Grungify Photos

Add grunge effects to your designs and photos with this Photoshop light effect tutorial.

Color Wizard

Whether throwing flames as Harry Potter or a character from "Mortal Kombat," you can add balls of flaming weaponry to your photographs.

Iron Man View Interface Effect

Though based on the “Iron Man” movie, this technique could be employed in a variety of design applications.

Surreal Photomanipulation

Several different lighting effects are employed in this Photoshop tutorial.

Laser Car

Create a laser outline car and add in stunning background lighting effects.

Fire Dragon

A seriously cool fire dragon Photoshop tutorial that employs plenty of light effects that, once mastered, could be used to enhance any dramatic design.

Soft Glow Effects

Turn your night shots into masterpieces with this soft glow effect Photoshop tutorial.

The Magic Night

Mix light and color to create a dramatic sunset jungle scene in this Photoshop light effect tutorial.

About the Author:

Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. His previous roles included managing editor for a hometown newspaper and club bartender for a group of quasi-alcoholics. When he’s not writing, he’s usually counting lost follicles and wondering what he ever did with his time before his two children were born.
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About Brian Morris

Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

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January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

Absolutely outstanding

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January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

Thanks Biggiebeil! Which light effect do you like best?

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January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

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January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

Thanks for your comment!

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January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

Excellent post and love the examples.. If I wanted a photoshop object/asset to cast "shaped" light across the screen (e.g. window panes or person or bike etc. ?) would you be able to explain this technique ? similar to Windows 10 desktop logo ?
Cheers :-)

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January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

Hi Andy, thanks for your comment! Try this tutorial to achieve the effect you're after: http://abduzeedo.com/abdz-04-windows-10-wallpaper-photoshop

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