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Easy Light Rays
Learn how to add rays of light to your text very easily.

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STEP 1

Start a new image and add your text, assuming white text on black background. Center the text and make sure you have a decent margine around it for the rays to go.

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STEP 2
Duplicate the text layer and color it black. Hide this layer temporarily.
STEP 3

With the lower, white text layer selected, apply a glowing edges filter. Go to Filter>Stylize>Glowing Edges. Accept that the layer will be rasterized. I used settings of 4 for Edge Width, 8 for Edge Brightness and 2 for Smoothness.

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STEP 4

Now apply a radial blur filter to the lower, white text layer. Go to Filter>Blur>Radial Blur. Accept that the layer will be rasterized. Set the method to Zoom, quality to Best, and amount to 100.

Apply the radial blur two more times.

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STEP 4

To increase the brightness, add a Levels adjustment layer. Do this from the toolbar by going to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels... Adjust the right handle to the edge of the notable histogram.

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And there you have it, the final version. You may want to try blurring the layer a little, though I like the sharp rays in this case.

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