How to add Sun Flare to your images in Lightroom

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  By Julian
How to add Sun Flare to your images in Lightroom


In this tutorial I’m going to be showing you how to add Sun Flare to your image and create some cool, dramatic effects.

You’ll love the results and how simple it is to do, so I hope you enjoy.

So, this kind of effect is most popular with Wedding style photography and images showing lifestyle, like holiday snaps and things like that.

Be aware of the direction of the light in your images, where are the shadows being cast? being aware of this will guide you as to where you should add your sun flare, so it looks natural.


As you can see from the image, the light is coming in from the top left hand corner, just slightly to the rear of the model.

I’m going to add one of my Presets first, just to lift the photo up and give it a dramatic start. I have used the Color Fantasy Workflow”.  

I choose Good Old Days 2 as I really liked that cool vintage look, I think it will look amazing once I’ve added my Sun Flare, to be perfectly honest with ya :).


Ok so moving on, there are two ways that I know of to add Sun Flare, one is the brush which I find less effective, so I use the Radial Filter.

Press (Shift+M)

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Double click on Effect to reset everything before you start and slide exposure up to it’s max, we can readjust later.


Now using the Radial Filter, click and drag where you think is best for the light to be added.

You will notice that it will be backwards to start with, so click invert mask.


Now, you can start to adjust your Exposure down if you want to. I’m quite happy with mine right now, so I’m going to leave it on full, to see how I goes once I introduce the other edits.

So now, we’re going to go to Temperature and adjust it to add a little colour in there, this is to your own taste so whatever you are happy with it’s correct.

I can also adjust my Tint a little to add more colour in there too.


Now, the area highlighted in the image below can be clicked on, enabling you to move and adjust where you want the light to source from, so be aware of that.

You can also using the little handles on the edge to widen or lessen the size as well as rotate, so take 2 minutes there now to play with that option a little to get used to it.


Now I think that my light source is a bit too strong around the edges, so I’m going to add a bit of Feathering to it, just to soften it out and give it a bit more of a realistic gradient.


I’m loving the contrast between the cool and cold colours, so I think I’ll leave it at that, as I’m very happy with the result. I have to admit that the Presets really helped me out with this and the Sunflare was the icing on the cake.

So check out my final result, look how awesome that is 🙂


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Hope you enjoyed and hopefully you will be getting some great results too, with the help of my tutorial. check out how to manage Instagram image compression 

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Graduated from college in 2002 with a degree in Art & Design, I started exploring my way in Graphic Design and Professional Post Production. Full-time freelancer since 2011.

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