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44 Best Light Effect Photoshop Actions, Brushes, and Photo Effects (New for 2021)

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Add more light to your photos! Check out this list of incredible light effects for Photoshop.

44 Best Light Effect Actions, Brushes, and Photo Effects

Paint the sky with a fantastic galaxy. Or add a few light leaks to your Instagram selfies. This list can help you find the right light effect to make you shine!

Selected from the top Photoshop actions and brushes on Envato Elements and Envato Market, this collection includes the best finds for 2021.

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Impulse Light is one of many premium light effects and Photoshop actions from Envato Elements and GraphicRiver.

From star brushes to bokeh actions, use these actions, brushes, and photo effects to bring out the best in your work.

We have plenty of light effect Photoshop tutorials too! Check out this great Light Leak tutorial from Marko Kožokar.

Photoshop Actions From Envato Elements for 2021

Spotlights, bokeh effects, and brilliant light actions make up this first list of goodies. Incorporate these Photoshop actions from Envato Elements into your next project and bookmark your favorites!

1. Cyberpunk Photoshop Action (ATN)

This cyberpunk Photoshop action works quickly to create a colorful effect. Just open your photo and click play on the action. Cyberpunk also gives you six color options to choose from, letting you create the look your project needs.

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2. Light & Dark - Photoshop Actions (ATN)

Add more drama to your work by playing with light and dark scenarios. This Photoshop action set will help you do just that with one easy-to-use action along with 20 color corrections. Mix and match color effects for more exciting results.

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3. Premium Looks Photoshop Actions (ATN)

Transform your photos with stunning premium actions like this next set. Add the perfect balance of charm and nostalgia inspired by old film and more. Grab up this action suite to get access to 12 beautiful effects and eight amazing light leaks.

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4. Lights Photoshop Action (ATN)

Bring the spotlights to you. This Photoshop action is great for musicians and artists. Use it to emphasize your style with more drama and personality. Get nine light effects, four noise grain styles, and seven additional color effects. Check it out!

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5. Aurora Light Photoshop Actions (ATN)

Or add the beautiful Aurora Light to your Photoshop action list. Inspired by the real-life wonder, this set includes 16 non-destructive Photoshop actions you can quickly customize. You can use it on both a Mac and PC with the latest versions of Photoshop.

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6. Shimmer Photoshop Action (ATN, ABR)

Need some shimmer? Sparkle brightly with the Shimmer Photoshop action. Created by AB-Designer, this download includes an amazing Photoshop action that will fill your photos with glowing bokeh and sparkles. Watch the video tutorial that's also included to see how it's done.

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7. Star Filters Pro (ATN)

You're a star. Make your photos look like it with this star filters pro set. This download includes eight Photoshop actions with various star sizes and styles. First, choose the star you'd like, and then press the action to get started. Add it to your collection!

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8. Miracle Photoshop Action (ATN, ABR)

Or create a miracle with this next Photoshop action. Created by FD-Design, this Photoshop action adds fiery sparks and beams of light to your pictures. You can even control the light and spark directions for a completely custom result. Try it out with portrait and action photography.

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9. Magic Photoshop Action (ATN)

Looking for a magic effect? Just brush over the area where you'd like the effect, and then play the action. Get unlimited results for endless creativity and inspiration. This action works best with high-resolution images and Photoshop CS4 and above.

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10. FilterGrade Light Leaks Bundle (ATN)

Photographers love to work with light leaks. Grab this next awesome bundle made by designer filtergrade. It includes 32 easy-to-use light leak Photoshop actions and an additional collection of eight custom light effects. Use it with landscape or portrait photography.

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11. Matrix Code Light Photoshop Action (ATN, PAT)

Transform your pictures into digital code! This Matrix code Photoshop action offers multilingual support and six wild colors. You'll get three compressed zip files with all the formats you need to get started. Get a different effect every time!

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12. Impulse Light Photoshop Action (ATN, ABR)

Pump some energy into your pictures with the Impulse light action. This Photoshop action will help you get an energetic lightning effect. Download three formats for the Photoshop action, custom brushes, and a help file. Add it to your collection!

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13. Energy 3 Photoshop Action (ATN, ABR)

If you've ever wanted to create photo manipulation art, then check out this next energy action. This Photoshop action is perfectly suited for designers and creatives looking for colorful effects for their albums, posters, and flyers. Check it out!

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14. Hologram Photoshop Action (ATN, PAT)

Generate a hologram effect of your friend or pet! This hologram Photoshop action illustrates the look perfectly. Create holograms for your graphics, websites, or video games in seconds. Easy to navigate and use, this download includes action and pattern files.

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15. FilterGrade Light Leaks Photoshop Actions (ATN)

Get state-of-the-art light leak Photoshop actions in this next set. Support and updates for this action are completely free, and you'll also get access to helpful video tutorials on YouTube. This action is compatible with Photoshop versions CS3 and above.

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16. Animated Meteor Shower Photoshop Action (ATN)

Illustrate a fantastic meteor shower with just the click of a button. This Photoshop action creates a brilliant animated GIF effect with meteorites falling from the sky. Add it to your collection today!

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17. Light Painting Action (ATN, ABR)

Paint onto your photo with a fascinating light action. This Photoshop action creates a beautiful sparkler effect that you can customize to any shape or text. Use it with Photoshop CS3 or later for the best results. Check it out!

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18. Mythic Photoshop Action (ATN, ABR, PAT)

Fascinate your followers with this mythic Photoshop action. Create masterful smoke and light effects that are inspired by popular photo manipulation techniques. Made by designer Hemalaya1, this download includes action, brush, and pattern files.

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19. Thriller Lights Photoshop Actions (ATN)

Design thrilling posters from scratch with this next Photoshop action. This one-click action helps you add a cool spotlight effect with additional sparkle. Make your images professional and dynamic using a non-destructive action with an easy workflow.

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20. PRISM Light FX - Photoshop Action (ATN, PAT)

Prisms refract light and create a nice array of colors. You can get this same light effect with this Photoshop action download. The results are high-quality and are non-destructive to your original image. If you need help, this action comes with a useful readme file.

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Photoshop Actions & Light Photo Effects From GraphicRiver for 2021

Our list goes on! Have a look at some of these awesome light effects from GraphicRiver, which is part of the pay-as-you-go Envato Market platform.

1. Matte Light Effect Photoshop Action (ATN)

If all you really need is a subtle light effect, then try out this first Photoshop action. This action creates a professional result perfect for the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle industries. Streamline your photo editing for just $4!

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2. Mystical Light Effect Photoshop Action (ATN)

Looking for a mystical vibe? Check out this cool light effect Photoshop action. Pair it with a stunning wildlife photo like the image below. This Photoshop action pack comes with highly effective light effects that have been tested on versions CS6 and above.

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3. Golden Bokeh Photo Overlay Effects (ATN, JPG)

Create a gorgeous bokeh effect with a simple photo overlay. This set of golden bokeh overlays fits any fantasy or magical photo scene. Add just the right touch of bokeh with this magnificent collection of 52 JPG overlays. A helpful user guide is also included!

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4. Lightum - Light Effects Photoshop Action (ATN)

Make compelling posters and more with the Lightum light effects Photoshop action. Created by designer profactions, this action lets you make sparkling light effects you can easily turn into an animation. Visit the preview link to check out the animated result.

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5. Magic Bokeh - Animated Photoshop Action (ATN)

Easily update your Instagram or website photos with an animated bokeh effect. This magical Photoshop action streamlines the process so that you won't need prior animation experience. Customize the effect with more or less bokeh for your desired effect.

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6. Soft Lighting Photoshop Action (ATN)

Blow out the edges of your images for a nice soft effect. This next Photoshop action will help you achieve a dreamy bokeh style in no time at all. Just download and install this easy-to-use action to enjoy organized files you can customize. Grab it for just $5!

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7. Optical Flare Overlay Effects (ATN, JPG)

Just need a few overlay effects? This next set will help you achieve luxurious light results in just a few clicks! Great for beginners and pros, this collection includes 50 magnificent photo overlays that will bring out the best in your photography.

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8. Fashion Light Leak Photoshop Action (ATN)

Style your fashion photos with a brilliant light leak set. These next Photoshop actions are perfect for fashion lovers and bloggers. Use this set to add various dark, light leak, and HDR styles to your pictures. Enhance your work and save time!

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9. Double Light Effect Photoshop Action (ATN, ABR)

Balance two worlds with color. This double light Photoshop action is inspired by the popular duotone color trend. Download this set of 30 color combinations to stylize your work with phenomenal colors. Get organized layers and an awesome result for $6.

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10. Christmas Text Effect Photoshop Action (ATN, ABR)

Get ready for the holiday season with this next Photoshop text effect. This one-click action helps you make fantastic glittery text that looks wonderful on posters, invites, and websites. Change the colors to fit your event or brand. No Photoshop skills required.

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11. Christmas Lights Photoshop Action (ATN, ABR, PAT)

Or join in the holiday festivities with a Christmas lights effect! This Photoshop action makes holiday decorating easy. Add photo-realistic Christmas lights to houses, automobiles, or just about anything you can think of. Try it out with Photoshop CS3 and above.

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12. Magic Light Photoshop Action (ATN, ABR)

Place stunning bokeh all around your work! Make sure to use high-resolution photography to get the best out of this action. Developed by StingerMaks, this Photoshop action adds magical light effects in just a few clicks. Add it to your collection for $6.

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13. Christmas Lights Photoshop Action (ATN, ABR)

Celebrate Christmas with a colorful sparkling action. This Photoshop action pack includes 20 color presets, fully editable graphic elements, and a helpful video tutorial. You'll even get a user guide with visual recommendations and advice.

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14. 3D Light Painting Effect Action (ATN, ZXP)

Create a 3D light painting effect for magazine covers or social media. This next Photoshop action includes organized layers and bright color effects. It's currently supported by versions CS6 and above, so make sure to grab it for just $5.

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10 Photoshop Light Brushes

Next up, we've got this awesome selection of Photoshop brushes to light up your compositions. Try out amazing professional styles like light leaks and brilliant spotlight effects.

1. Abstract Light Waves Photoshop Brush (ABR, PNG)

Let's start with this great abstract light pack. This download includes 24 Photoshop brushes as well as the original PNG files. Use these light waves to make colorful displays on websites, art, and more.

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2. Boke-Aji – 80 Large Bokeh Brushes (ABR)

Or check out this next set of 80 large bokeh brushes. Make your photos unique with bokeh variations that will go with just about any portrait or landscape photography. You'll get one Photoshop brush file with everything you need to get started.

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3. 50 Light Leaks Photoshop Brushes (ABR)

Love Photoshop brushes? Add this next set of light leaks to your design arsenal. This set includes high-resolution brush textures that will work on many design and illustrative projects. Use it for paintings, posters, and photos.

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4. Metal Sparks - 20 Photoshop Brushes (ABR)

Make energetic posters with 20 high-resolution Photoshop brushes. This set will instantly add a little character to any design that could use a little energy. Enjoy photo-realistic results crafted from actual grinding metal photography.

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5. 100 Spotlight Photoshop Brushes (ABR)

Need a spotlight? Here are 100! Check out this next fantastic set of Photoshop brushes. This set helps you add incredible light effects with varying directions and light intensities. Use them as simple overlays or for photo manipulations.

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6. 30 VFX Brushes for Photoshop (ABR)

These next unique brushes include 30 special visual effects for movie posters, illustrations, and more. From flames to flares and explosions, this set also includes wonderful light effects you'll love. Enjoy high-resolution brushes made from scratch.

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7. 20 Starfield Photoshop Stamp Brushes (ABR)

Create a constellation that fills up the night. This Photoshop brush set includes 20 starfield brushes at high-resolution sizes. From tiny star dots to clusters of large ones, this set is perfect for any galaxy lover. Enjoy!

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8. 30 Laser Photoshop Stamp Brushes (ABR)

Are you a Star Wars fan? Recreate its epic laser beams with these next Photoshop brushes. This pack includes 30 stamp brushes with cool laser light effects. Use them for overlays or visual effects for games and work.

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9. Futuristic Light Effect Photoshop Brushes (ABR, PNG)

Or step into the future with this futuristic brush set. This Photoshop brush pack includes ten amazing styles along with the original transparent PNGs. Place them on album covers, websites, or wallpaper backgrounds. Try out these brushes for many projects.

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10. 75 Sunshine Photoshop Stamp Brushes (ABR)

Stamp some sunshine onto anything with these beautiful Photoshop brushes. This next set includes 75 Photoshop brushes with high-resolution textures. Drop them onto invites, cards, or posters for a new stunning option. Add them to your arsenal!

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More Light Effects

You can create awesome light effects with Adobe Photoshop by just using these assets. Make sure to grab up your favorites and check out more Photoshop inspiration below.

Find awesome Photoshop actions at these links:

And if you're looking to create your own Photoshop actions, check out these useful tutorials from our Envato Tuts+ instructors!

This has been a selection of premium resources perfect for the avid creator. For more creative resources, check out Envato Elements and Envato Market.

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