Photoshop Tutorial: Adding Aurora to your Night Photos

This tutorial will show you how you can add aurora or northern lights to you night photos. Some great photographs of northern lights by Sigurdur H Stefnisson are available here..

Step 1.) Find your background photo. I’ll be using this factory shot at night. Then go to Layer > New > Layer and press OK

creating aurora

Step 2.) Choose your Brush Tool and draw something like this in your new layer

creating aurora

Step 3.) Go to Filter > Distort > Wave , and play around with the wavelength to get desired result.

creating aurora

Step 4.) Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and play around with the radius to get desired result.

creating aurora

Step 5.) Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur, and play around with the angle and distance to get desired result.

creating aurora

Step 6.) Change the layer opacity to around 40%

creating aurora

Step 7.) Now add some contrast to your aurora using Image > adjusments > Curves

creating aurora

Step 8.) You can Transform your aurora using Edit > Transform > Perspective to make it looks better…and, here’s my final image..

creating aurora

You can change the color of your aurora quickly by using image hue/saturation.

Originally written: 12/09/06

See also: Photoshop Tutorials

Share your photos with our readers, make your own profile page, create blog, get unlimited storage for your photos, discuss photography equipment & techniques by joining our photo community

Subscribe for our latest updates sent to your e-mail (no spam)

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz

RSS feed


Comment by unknown
2009-03-26 02:39:05

it doesn’t work well =/
you missed a few steps as well…

Comment by George
2010-01-19 22:30:29

I don’t really like this… Looks so fake…


Have Your Say

Your Comment may not appear immediately due to moderation
Name (required)
E-mail (required - never shown publicly)
Your Comment (smaller size | larger size)
You may use <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong> in your Comment.

2018 DPHOTOJOURNAL. All rights reserved.