Ambient Light and Beams of light in Photoshop CC

Creating this kind light beams is very easy and they can really enhance your images.
They create depth and a better ambient light. Combine it with some basic color grading and you can create a fascinating look.

Create Colorful Manipulations in Photoshop

Make a Magic moment in Photoshop adding lots of colours and light effects to create a colorful manipulation effect using blend modes, dodge/burn and the light effects filter.

Hard Light Effects in Photoshop –

This is the first live tutorial I recorded so I had no idea what I will end up with. Basically I wanted to show how to get a high contrast hard light effect in Photoshop, almost HDR looking. I wanted to keep things realistic so I used the contrast masking technique to keep the original shadows of the model.

This tutorial can be followed in Adobe Elements as well.
0:00 Intro
0:51 Making the background
3:17 Background adjustments
7:49 Adding the model
8:54 Shadow masking in Photoshop
13:07 The hard light effect using dodge & burn
20:50 Hard light effect effacement with filters
23:49 The Shadows/Highlights filter for HDR effect
25:56 Sharpening

Model stock image by Marcus Ranum:
Background image by Julia Starr:
Sky stock image by Pelleron Stock: