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How to Make Light Leaks in Photoshop

How to Make Light Leaks in Photoshop | Complete Guide

If you’re a photographer, then you know that adding light leaks to your photos can give them an extra creative edge. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to make light leaks in Photoshop using a few simple steps. So whether you’re looking for a vintage effect or just want to add some flair to your photos, follow along and see how easy it is to create light leaks yourself!

How to Make Light Leaks in Photoshop.

  1. Open Photoshop and select “Create a new fill or adjustment layer” at the bottom left of your screen.
  2. Select the Gradient adjustment layer from the popup menu.
  3. Set the angle to “0” in the Gradient Fill popup window.
  4. Click the small Gradient window to edit the gradient.
  5. Inside the Gradient Editor set both bottom pins to black.
  6. Add some black pins to the top of the Gradient window.
  7. Now click on the very top left pin and set the opacity to “0”.
  8. Set the blend mode to Screen on your gradient adjustment layer.
  9. Select “Create a new fill or adjustment layer” at the bottom left of your screen.
  10. Select the Gradient adjustment layer from the popup menu.
  11. Set the angle to “-130” in the Gradient Fill popup window.
  12. Click the small Gradient window to edit the gradient colors.
  13. In the Gradient Editor set both bottom pins to the color of your choice.
  14. Hold down the Option Key (MAC) or Alt Key (PC) and hover your cursor between the two gradient layers until you see a little “arrow and box”.
  15. Now click on your mouse to merge the two gradient layers.
  16. Done! You should see something similar to the image below. Scroll down to follow along step by step and make sure to watch our video!

Steps 1 and 2.

  1. Open Photoshop and select “Create a new fill or adjustment layer” at the bottom left of your screen.
  2. Select the Curves adjustment layer from the popup menu.

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Steps 3 and 4.

3. Set the angle to “0” in the Gradient Fill popup window.

4. Click the small Gradient window to edit the gradient.

How-to-Make-Light-Leaks-in-Photoshop-Steps-3-4

Steps 5 and 6.

5. Inside the Gradient Editor set both bottom pins to black.

6. Add some black pins to the top of the Gradient window (Click along the top)

How-to-Make-Light-Leaks-in-Photoshop-Steps-5-6

Step 7.

7. Now click on the very top left pin and set the opacity to “0”.

Step 8.

8. Set the blend mode to Screen on your gradient adjustment layer.

How to Make Light Leaks in Photoshop Step 8.

Steps 9 and 10.

9. Select “Create a new fill or adjustment layer” at the bottom left of your screen.

10. Select the Gradient adjustment layer from the popup menu.

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Steps 11 and 12.

11. Set the angle to “-130” in the Gradient Fill popup window.

12. Click the small Gradient window to edit the gradient colors.

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Steps 13.

13. In the Gradient Editor set both bottom pins to the color of your choice. In this example, we are using red and yellow.

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Steps 14 and 15.

14. Hold down the Option Key (MAC) or Alt Key (PC) and hover your cursor between the two gradient layers until you see a little “arrow and box”.

15. Now click on your mouse to merge the two gradient layers.

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Steps 16.

16. You are now done! You should see something similar to the image below.

How to Make Light Leaks in Photoshop Step 16.

Conclusion.

You are now an expert on how to make light leaks in Photoshop! Let us know if you have any questions or want more help with your photography. We’re always happy to chat about different types of presets, camera settings, and photo editing techniques. So do not hesitate to reach out for anything that will make your photos stand out online!

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