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
Step 2.) Choose your Brush Tool and draw something like this in your new layer
Step 3.) Go to Filter > Distort > Wave , and play around with the wavelength to get desired result.
Step 4.) Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and play around with the radius to get desired result.
Step 5.) Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur, and play around with the angle and distance to get desired result.
Step 6.) Change the layer opacity to around 40%
Step 7.) Now add some contrast to your aurora using Image > adjusments > Curves
Step 8.) You can Transform your aurora using Edit > Transform > Perspective to make it looks better…and, here’s my final image..
You can change the color of your aurora quickly by using image hue/saturation.
Originally written: 12/09/06
See also: Photoshop Tutorials