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Light Burst

Light Burst (Effect)Original Image

This filter requires Filter Forge 4.0

This filter does not support seamless tiling.


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This is one of over 5964 effects generated by Filter Forge, a Photoshop plugin that allows you to create your own filters.

This effect:

  • can be easily altered;
  • offers up to 30,000 variations;
  • can be applied to any source image in Photoshop.

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Author: Crapadilla

Filter Details

  • Editor's Pick
  • Downloads: 4033
  • Requires Filter Forge 4.0
  • Submitted: May 22, 2014
  • Usage Rank: High
  • Comments (8)


Light Burst creates colorful rays of stark backlight "behind" the alpha of your source image. This filter uses a scale loop to approximate radial smudging. This approach has a quality advantage over using polar coordinate transforms on smudged bitmaps. However, this quality comes at the cost of rendering speed.Use the 'Ray Blur' and 'Quality (Iterations)' parameters for cleaning up loop step artifacts. These two parameters need to be tweaked in tandem to create optimum quality.Since iteration layers are cumulative, too few iterations may lead to a misrepresention of light intensities. Use the 'Radiance' parameter to compensate.Activate "Anti-alias sources for bitmap-based components" for best results.


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Filter Controls

  • Source
  • Inner Light
  • Outer Light
  • Radiance
  • Origin X
  • Origin Y
  • Ray Length
  • Ray Bend
  • Ray Density
  • Ray Detail
  • Ray Blur
  • Quality (Iterations)
  • Show Rim
  • Rim Strength
  • Rim Blur