View Full Version : Creating sun rays

08-25-2006, 02:54 PM
does anyone know of any good tutorial about creating realistic sun rays....thanks

08-26-2006, 09:07 AM
I'd like to learn it too...

08-27-2006, 08:16 AM
i take the white, copy it to a new layer, add noise, screen, smudge it and than mb- or radial-filter.

08-29-2006, 11:40 AM
thanks ....ill give it a try...:)

08-29-2006, 02:02 PM
The are god rays in so many different situations, so there's no fixed recipe to do them. There are different atmospheric situations, that change the look and how strong they are, also, where they are coming from. They are not decoration, but show up when your painting depicts a certain situation.

But: look at photographs! Shoot your own photographs of it too. Reference is king in matte painting!

Sometimes I use the radial filter, but sometimes when they come from the side, I paint them. One can also lift them from certain photographs - but for that almolst always you need to have reference shot in RAW format.

So basically, once you understand their nature, the technical solution will come by itself!

I'll dig in my library and see if I can find a couple of nice examples when I have time.