Adding a burst of light, such as sun rays or spotlights to your photographs and artwork are a fantastic way to add focus, increase visual interest, and just change the mood of your picture over-all. Not to mention, this effect is extremely easy to create with these fantastic free brushes!
Whether you're a fan of the stage or just looking to add a creative touch to your photographs, being able to stamp in spotlights and sunbeams helps to change mood and add focus where there may have not been any before. You have a couple of options when it comes to adding these effects to your photographs and artwork. Naturally, if you feel that you have an artist's eye, you can always go ahead and create the effects by hand every time you want this effect. Of course, learning to create your own brushes is always an option as well, but what if you're short on time or maybe you'd just rather use another persons' brushes. That's where these fantastic, community-made free Photoshop spotlight brushes come in!
01. Light Beams + Rays Brushes
I always say that it's hard for me to start a brush feature without including something by Redheadstock, and this one is no exception. Once again she has provided a fantastic set of light beams that would work fantastically well for anything from spotlights to sun rays and everything in between.
02. Practical Lighting Brushes
If you're not looking for the beam of light itself, and you're just looking for the familiar circular spotlight, StudioHera's got you covered. This pack of Practical Lighting Brushes contains a number of different light brushes that can be easily used to light anything from photos to artwork in a wide variety of situations.
Another Brusheezy contributor, FlourKirby, has created a nice simple set of light beam brushes rightfully called "Radiance." These simple light beams provide a soft, directional light and are good for spicing up whatever photos or graphics you might have.
05. Light Effects Brushes
One of the coolest set of brushes with light effects you'll find on the Internet has got to be Folksnet's set of Light Effect Brushes. These range from spotlights to sunbeams, sunbursts to ceiling lights. Not only are these incredibly high quality brushes, there are so many of them -- seventy-four, in fact! Layer them, use them by themselves, in other words: do what you want!
06. Brush Lights
While they're definitely not traditional spotlight brushes, deviant o0-SaM-0o has created a set of playful abstract light beam brushes that can add a lot of visual interest to a picture you're looking to light up. These are great for photomanipulation as well as artwork, and are extremely fun to use.
07. Light Rays
If there's one thing you can say about the deviantART stock community, it's that they definitely offer up some fantastic brushes. Spirtsighs_stock has created a fantastic set of brushes called Light Rays. These could easily be used as spotlights or sunbeams and give a very subtle, natural effect to whatever you add them to.
08. Dream Design V2 - PS Brushes
Have you ever been to a show in a theater where they use multiple spotlights to light a single person or object? The effect is very visually interesting, and thankfully you can recreate it with these brushes. While they're not designed to be spotlights, GhostFight3r has created Dream Design Brushes, which feel a lot like crossed spotlights. What a great brush pack!
09. Bokeh Brushes
Another set of pretty bokeh brushes, LucieG-Stock has created some fantastic brushes for you to use for all of your photo manipulation needs. These ones have a bit of a softer feel to them than the previous ones mentioned, making them good for a soft-focus spotlight or just enhancing your pictures with a classic bokeh feel.
10. Soft Light 01
If you're looking for something like soft, fantasy brushes, you should check out Soft Light 01 by deviantARTist blackriderrom. Especially useful for those of you who are into photo manipulation, these beautiful brushes give a soft sunbeam or spotlight effect and include extra brushes to create some fantasy sparkles and more!