28 Powerful Photoshop Lighting Effects

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There is something about beautiful lights that can mesmerize an audience. Take a fireworks show for example. It’s been around for thousands of years, yet still has the power to put looks of amazement on faces of all ages. That’s why lighting effects make such powerful design elements. They are a great way to grab the attention of your audience and leave a lasting impression.

Below is a collection of the best Photoshop tutorials for creating powerful lighting effects.

Amazing Photoshop Light Effect In 10 Steps

A smokey light effect complete with glowing particles.

Amazing Photoshop Light Effect In 10 Steps

Fire Lines Tutorial

This tutorial teaches you how to create stylish fire lines in only 10 steps.

Fire Lines Tutorial

Luminescent Lines

Luminescent Lines

Iron Man View Interface Effect In Photoshop

This is very close to the amazing effects seen in the movie.

Iron Man View Interface Effect In Photoshop

Luminescent Lines

Luminescent Lines

Advanced Glow Effects

A Cool Lighting Effect In Photoshop

A Cool Lighting Effect In Photoshop

End of the World Photo Manipulation

End of the World Photo Manipulation

Creating Smoke

A popular effect explained very well.

Creating Smoke

Design a Coldplay/Apple Inspired Portrait in Photoshop

This one shows you how to design portraits based on the Coldplay – Apple ad.

Design a Coldplay/Apple Inspired Portrait in Photoshop

Magic Lighting Effect In Photoshop

Magic Lighting Effect In Photoshop

Make your image look awesome with a few light effects

Make your image look awesome with a few light effects

Flying Girl In Photoshop

Flying Girl In Photoshop

Creating light motion trails & glowing sparks

A nice technique for creating light motion lines.

Creating light motion trails & glowing sparks

Awesome Digital Bokeh Effect In Photoshop

Awesome Digital Bokeh Effect In Photoshop

Create An Amazing Ad In Photoshop

Create An Amazing Ad In Photoshop

Beijing 2008 Logo Light Painting in Photoshop

Beijing 2008 Logo Light Painting in Photoshop

Mysterious Lighting Effect Tutorial for Photoshop

Mysterious Lighting Effect Tutorial for Photoshop

Space Lighting Effects in 10 Steps – Photoshop Tutorial

Space Lighting Effects in 10 Steps - Photoshop Tutorial

Design a Vista Styled Wallpaper

Design a Vista Styled Wallpaper

Expressive lighting effects

Expressive lighting effects

Really cool Eclipse Effect in Photoshop

Really cool Eclipse Effect in Photoshop

True Flames

Create an incredible flame / solar flare effect in only a few short steps.

True Flames

Super Fast – Speed Lighting Effect

Super Fast - Speed Lighting Effect

Add A Sparkle Trail To A Photo

Add A Sparkle Trail To A Photo

Lighting effects in Photoshop

This tutorial shows you how to jazz up a photo with creative lighting.

Lighting effects in Photoshop

How to Create Brilliant Light Streaks in Photoshop

This tutorials teaches a simple technique for creating brilliant light streaks which can be used in different ways to add motion and brightness to your designs.

How to Create Brilliant Light Streaks in Photoshop

Adding Light Streaks To A Photo

Adding  Light Streaks  To A Photo

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

104 Comments

  1. Serge
    November 20, 2008

    Thanks mate! ,
    Looks very hot.
    i’m gonna try them

    Reply
  2. jZine
    November 20, 2008

    I’ll probably be using some of these techniques on an upcoming project. Very timely post!! Thanks!

    Reply
  3. Dave K.
    November 20, 2008

    Terrific! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. W Designer
    November 20, 2008

    Great Resource. I love them all.

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  5. Izzy
    November 20, 2008

    So nice!

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  6. Nathan Beck
    November 20, 2008

    Aww noo way, more great PS tuts. When will I ever find time to play with these!

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  7. Jason Woods
    November 20, 2008

    Wow, Photoshop is the bomb dude.

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    Reply
  8. eSeM
    November 20, 2008

    Nice tuts

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  9. armano
    November 20, 2008

    this is amazing lighting effects … cool!..

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  10. maing lin htet
    November 21, 2008

    i want to know photoshop-lighting .
    sent to khunsai2008@gmail.com

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  11. mehmaani
    November 21, 2008

    Wow! These looks amazing. Can’t wait to try some of these effects. Thank you.

    Reply
  12. Designer
    November 21, 2008

    absolutely great tutorials!!!!

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  13. Carlos Hermoso
    November 21, 2008

    Awesome! Thanks a million for sharing

    Reply
  14. ren
    November 21, 2008

    Great Resource. So nice!

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  15. Randell John
    November 21, 2008

    I’m totally new to Photoshop, and am amazed what can be achieved with this software.
    Inspirational work shown here.

    Reply
  16. Tom
    November 21, 2008

    Thanks for sharing.Amazing…

    Reply
  17. sameer
    November 21, 2008

    best tuts

    Reply
  18. Rishi Luchun
    November 21, 2008

    Nice tutorials

    Reply
  19. mcduffchannel
    November 21, 2008

    beautiful collection, cheers for that

    Reply
  20. Selendrile
    November 22, 2008

    like 80% of them is the same guy. just check out his site. abduzeedo dot com

    Reply
  21. rajaash
    November 22, 2008

    tanks for your informative. its very useful

    Reply
  22. Jonnyman
    November 22, 2008

    Most of these are cheesy to the max, wouldn’t touch them with a barge pole. Eclipse, Space Lighting, Flying Girl, and the first one (coffee cop) are the only interesting ones here in my opinion.

    Reply
  23. Spreadsheet Ninja
    November 23, 2008

    Very awesome stuff here! I think that thanks to these tutorials/ideas I will be able to help out some friends of mine. Thanks a bunch!!

    Reply
  24. SGTEE
    November 23, 2008

    Holy crap this post is awesome! I’m going to use like five of these tutorials. Hey do any of you want to design some sweet t-shirts? Checkout http://www.SGTEE.com and submit a design, you could win $500!

    Reply
  25. myWORLDisUNKNOWN
    November 24, 2008

    this is really an awesome site! thnks

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  26. purpleskyz
    November 25, 2008

    this tuts really rock! thanks.. awesome, indeed!

    Reply
  27. syrhiz
    November 26, 2008

    Pretty cool and very informative Photo shop Lighting Effects!!

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  28. Ömür UÇUM
    November 27, 2008

    greate stuf thangx…

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  29. Y.Lahssini
    November 27, 2008

    This is good article, thanks a lot!

    Reply
  30. madhan
    November 27, 2008

    All the photographs are very nice…..i search for this type of photos to send to my friends…..
    Thanks for this nice article

    Reply
  31. raj
    November 27, 2008

    This is good article, thanks a lot!

    Reply
  32. lance
    November 27, 2008

    hello

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  33. Master
    November 27, 2008

    Great Art. I love to designing but designing is not my line. :(

    Reply
  34. joelllllee
    November 28, 2008

    these are awesome ,
    they reallly helped me .

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  35. Nestor
    November 28, 2008

    Those look awesome, bookmarked and will try them later.

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  36. jd
    November 28, 2008

    Amazing!

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  37. Dreams
    December 1, 2008

    Fantastic. It certainly goes a long way at coming out with better designs using these lighting effects.

    Reply
  38. James
    December 2, 2008

    thanks pal…
    they’re extremely cool.

    Reply
  39. Ryan T. Graff
    December 2, 2008

    Video tutorials?

    Reply
  40. Josh
    December 2, 2008

    photoshopped…

    Reply
  41. Sexy Cheese
    December 2, 2008

    Very cool. Great list all in one place!

    Reply
  42. roby
    December 4, 2008

    Nice tutorials!!!

    Reply
  43. Steven Frechette
    December 5, 2008

    Great Resource. I love them all.

    Reply
  44. rajaash
    December 9, 2008

    good resource for me

    Reply
  45. Kaloz
    December 10, 2008

    Very nice.. i’m new to photoshop and this seems to be really ease….Thanks to all your help guys… by the way i want to mention about http://www.lifehacker.com…. They are the best… check them out……

    Reply
  46. Web Design Company
    December 10, 2008

    BRILLIANT!

    Web Design Company: Web Art Sense Waooo a Nice post

    Reply
  47. Steve
    December 11, 2008

    Great looking pics.

    Reply
  48. Dave
    December 12, 2008

    O yeah, time start learning again.

    Reply
  49. dave hater
    December 14, 2008

    um, like english hopefully…

    Reply
  50. EZ Computers
    December 14, 2008

    Ive seen some of these before, but they are all excellent!

    Reply
  51. Kepler Fontenele Web Design Flash design
    December 15, 2008

    Excellent !!!
    great post

    Reply
  52. ergin
    December 16, 2008

    Very awesome stuff here! I think that thanks to these tutorials/ideas I will be able to help out some friends of mine. Thanks a bunch!!

    Reply
  53. Erik
    December 22, 2008

    this tuts really rock! thanks.. awesome, indeed!!

    Reply
  54. Vette
    January 11, 2009

    Great tutorials, very useful, thank you!

    Reply
  55. Jennifer Farley
    January 12, 2009

    Great collection of photoshop tutorials. Thank you.

    Reply
  56. bukalemun
    January 15, 2009

    çok güzel bunlar süper

    Reply
  57. Bernie
    January 16, 2009

    Amazing stuffs!!!
    Thx for sharing

    Reply
  58. Loop
    January 23, 2009

    Oh i like so much, love you website

    Reply
  59. ChiangMaiWebDesign
    January 27, 2009

    the effects are great. I love them.

    Reply
  60. Geoserv
    January 29, 2009

    Great list, lots of reading there.

    Reply
  61. E11World
    February 2, 2009

    Very Nice list. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  62. Timothy
    February 4, 2009

    This just came in handy. Thanks!

    Reply
  63. Honour Chick
    February 5, 2009

    great tutorials :)

    Reply
  64. Nebojsa
    February 9, 2009

    This is a real treasure! Thank you so much!

    Reply
  65. Bada
    February 9, 2009

    Cool.cool cool very very thanks.

    Reply
  66. Monkey
    February 11, 2009

    Is this only for cs4?

    Reply
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    February 16, 2009

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  68. Tanker
    February 16, 2009

    thanks for the awesome tutorial list I was looking for one of these and your list helped me find it

    Reply
  69. alexis
    February 22, 2009

    sweetness!

    Reply
  70. blue2lip
    February 23, 2009

    I’m so excited about trying these ideas. Thanks for the inspiration and education to apply the effects!

    Reply
  71. leostain
    March 11, 2009

    I like coffee cup effect)

    Reply
  72. lucas
    April 4, 2009

    muy bueno

    Reply
  73. Mr Web Design
    April 18, 2009

    That’s quite a cool collection. Bookmarked!

    Reply
  74. Vicod
    May 11, 2009

    Very nicely done Nike fire

    Reply
  75. Anton
    June 18, 2009

    This is the best collection I’ve seen in a while, Dugg and Tweeted. Thanks :)

    Reply
  76. Antonio Max
    July 1, 2009

    HOT!!!

    Reply
  77. ote tatsuya
    July 4, 2009

    really nice lighting effects..i wanna make like that too…

    Reply
  78. Calgary Graphic Design
    July 6, 2009

    Yummy photoshop galore!

    Reply
  79. AB4
    July 6, 2009

    GREAT FILE!! thanks aloot…you saved my life :D (A)…..i will try them all :P

    Reply
  80. Photoshopper
    July 15, 2009

    nice effects

    Reply
  81. asato
    July 21, 2009

    good thank you!
    i will be back.

    Reply
  82. salim
    July 23, 2009

    I like the Expressive lighting effects
    very nice effects

    Reply
  83. Jerry
    July 28, 2009

    This is wonderful and well planned, infact I’m already recommending this site to friends.
    Keep on your good work

    Reply
  84. How To Business Cards
    August 4, 2009

    Lighting is one of the most under-used tools in Photoshop. It’s really powerful for creating some fantastic effects.

    Reply
  85. Personal finance blog
    August 6, 2009

    GREAT FILE!!

    Reply
  86. Kaplang
    August 8, 2009

    really cool pictures :) thanks for sharing

    Reply
  87. sunny
    August 19, 2009

    all of these are pretty cool, i’d love to use it

    Reply
  88. srikanth
    September 16, 2009

    Thanks for Sharing………………..

    Reply
  89. cep telefonu
    September 28, 2009

    Thanks for your work.

    Reply
  90. Praveen
    October 3, 2009

    oh , How do you do this its very beautiful and imagine ok cooool…. by

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  91. Xander
    October 8, 2009

    Mmmm those are some sweet tutorials, love all the different options that Photoshop offers that allow us to create all these crazy lighting effects

    Reply
  92. Jay McIntyre
    October 20, 2009

    I want to try them all!! where will I ever find the time??

    Reply
  93. MangesH
    October 23, 2009

    this is such a great effects in ptotoshop

    Reply
  94. Jakecin
    November 2, 2009

    INCREIBLE!! buenos tutoriales

    Reply
  95. George Birbilis
    February 6, 2010

    love it, keep this up!

    Reply
  96. Savita Gusain
    May 11, 2010

    Nice Collection. All effect are very good

    Reply
  97. Harish
    May 22, 2010

    so so nice collection of photoshop tutorial

    tanx

    Reply
  98. Manu
    May 24, 2010

    Nice Collection. All effect are very good..
    Thank you.. effects

    Reply
  99. HITESH SHARMA
    May 27, 2010

    LIGHTINING EFFECT IS TO GOOD GOOD JOB
    AND EXCILLENT WORK.

    Reply
  100. S.R.vinodjhon
    June 22, 2010

    these pictures are good and the work is wonderfull

    Reply
  101. nikhil
    July 15, 2010

    nice collection thnx for sharing it.

    Reply
  102. Hussein
    October 10, 2010

    really amazing stuff thnx for sharing mates :)

    Reply
  103. Kshitiz
    June 13, 2011

    this is too good for all designers googling on internet for photoshop effects.

    Reply
  104. anup
    November 29, 2011

    thanks for sharing these amazing tips…

    Reply

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