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Make your photos look breathtaking. In this Photoshop Elements tutorial, you will learn how to use a combination of tools to digitally add a realistic ray of light to your photos.
Ray of Light Photoshop Elements Tutorial
Step 1: Open an image
Open a photo into Photoshop Elements. The photo should have a light source such as an overexposed sky, highlights in clouds, etc..
Step 2: Duplicate the background layer
Select the Background layer in the Layers palette then press Ctrl+J to duplicate the layer.
Step 3: Use the Levels tool to increase contrast
With the top layer selected, choose Enhance > Adjust Lighting > Levels. Drag the black input slider towards the left until most of the image is black except for any light source. For example, in the image below, the contrast was increase only until the window turned all white. We could have applied more contrast, but the translucent bones in the medical image would start to turn black.