Minute edits - making a ray of light shine
Last updated on 2017/9/14

In just a minute, we'll show you a few quick easy edits that can make any light source look amazing. We'll be working with a ray of sunshine today and making it look even better in our image.

Below you'll find a video tutorial and then a step-by-step written guide. Enjoy!

Written tutorial

Our starting image with a ray of sunshine coming down.

Go into the local adjustment panel and add a radial mask to your image.

Reposition the radial mask over the source of the sunlight and then increase its size by grabbing the white handles on the edge of the mask.

Invert the selection of the radial mask.

Increase the exposure value of the radial mask.

You'll also increase the temperature value within the radial mask to add warmth to our ray of sunshine.

Next, increase the highlights value.

And for our final adjustment, just increase the shadows value of the radial mask.

That's it! All we did was use a radial mask on our source of sunlight to make a dramatic difference.

Here's our final image. Your turn to try!