Mad Lights

1. Open up PS, go to File > New, and change your settings to match these:

2. Next make a new layer by going to Layer > New > Layer, and then click the floodfill bucket icon and make the top layer black.

3. Go to Filter > Render > Lens Flare. Set the brightness to 100%. Move the crosshair on the image so it’s near the top right hand corner. Set the Lens Type to 50-300mm Zoom. Press Ok.

4. Now go again to Filter > Render > Lens Flare, but this time move the crosshair so it’s in the bottom left corner, and set the Lens Type to 105mm Prime.

5. Then go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and make the Brightness 80 and the Contrast 0. Click Ok.

6. Go to Filter > Distort > Twirl and set the Angle to 800. Then go to Filter > Artistic > Plastic Wrap and set the Highlight Strength to 20, the Detail to 12, and the Smoothness to 9 and press Ok.

7. Next, find Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates and set to Polar to Rectangular. Then, Edit > Fade Polar Coodinates and set the Opacity to 94 and change the Mode to Colour Burn and press Ok.

8. Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation, and mess around with the settings till you find a colour you like.

9. Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer, then Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Then you need to set the blending mode to Lighten. On the bottom right of your screen, you should have a tiny menu. Click the tabs at the top (underneath the colour palette) and you should see one called Layers. Where it says Normal in the drop down box beaneath the title, select Lighten.

10. Go to Layer > Flatten Image, then Layer > Duplicate Layer. Go to Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical and set the blending mode for the new, top layer to anything you like, but I recommend Screen to start with, just so you know you can make this tutorial work first!

11. Go to Image > Adjust > Hue/Saturation, and change the settings again to make a different colour. That’s it! Try using some of my other tutorials to make your image more original, or colourise it for a different effect. You could use grids, lights, text, anything you want

Click below for samples of images I’ve made using this tutorial.

Example 1
Example 2
Example 3
Example 4