FREE Lightroom Sun Flare Glow Effect
A preset for Lightroom and Photoshop’s Camera Raw
The Sun Flare Glow Effect
Hey everyone! This preset was created on Easter evening while going through a post-Easter-Sunday-chocolate-sugar-high, so I can make no claims as to it’s accuracy or usefulness 🙂 But I do think you’ll like these presets. Basically, it’s a warm sunflare glow effect that makes a nice finishing touch on your outdoor photos.
Types of Photos:
It’s pretty simple. There’s a “Left Side” version and a “Right Side” version. They both emanate from the upper corner of the photo and were created using the Radial Filter. They add some warmth and overall brightness to the corner you choose. And they work best on photos that have some sort of sunlight visible in them to start with (so you probably wouldn’t like the effect on a photo taken on a cloudy day or in a studio). If you want to adjust the color or intensity, just select the Radial Filter, and adjust the settings.
- Bright outdoor photos.
- Photos with some area of sky.
- Photos that are taken in a shady area outside.
- Clean, bright indoor photos too.
- Preset 1: MattK Sun Flare Effect Left
- Preset 2: MattK Sun Flare Effect Left
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This was really helpful. Thanks for this tips!
I can’t download the Glow Effekt Preset .. 🙁
Thank you for all these shares. I’m just getting started with Lightroom and am enjoying all your posts so very much. I’m a retired school teacher and this is turning into a great hobby! Thanks again for sharing so much advice so freely.
Do these presets work on any other Lightroom than just Lightroom 4? I pay mthly for Lightroom 6 I think so I do not wan to download if they will not work I have never used presets before other than a few in Lightroom! Thanks!
Yes, they work in LR 4 and above all the way to LR CC.
can you show us applying the grad filter on this? pls
Thank you for more great presets & tips Matt… it was great meeting & talking with you at the Bay Photo event out in Las Vegas last month (I was the one at the end of the bar near the photobooth whose friends dragged her out to another party)!
I like it; the only thing is that you lost a bit of detail on their faces…I would make a mask, and set the brush at 30% and take off a bit of it on their faces…it looks a bit to “orangy” for me.
I actually think it looks great and didn’t lose any detail that I’d care about (hence why I applied the effect to the photo). To me, the added light on her face works perfectly considering the photo. Remember sunflare is just that – its flare. Masking it away would be kinda weird. And the golden color works great here to give the image a warm feeling. But thats the great part about presets – you can adjust them for your taste 🙂
I liked the preset very much, and I would totally use it…I just wanted to see their eyes more…the photo looked great for its genre! This was just tiny nit picking…nothing more…:)
Cool Matt, I never thought of trying this effect in Lightroom!
I have an old manual Nikon 20mm AIs. It automatically adds these lens flares. Nothing like doing it in camera. ha ha