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Better Light Rays
Make better looking light rays on your text using a unique combination of Photoshop Filters.

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STEP 1

Start a new image and add your text, assuming white text on black background. In this case, we want a square image so the filters work better. We will crop it down later. Center the text and make sure you have a decent margine around it for the rays to go.

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STEP 2
Duplicate the text layer and color it black. Hide this layer temporarily.
STEP 3
With the lower, white text layer selected, apply a Polar Coordinate conversion. Go to Filter>Distort>Polar Coordinates... Accept that the layer will be rasterized. Set it to convert from Polar to Rectangular. 2
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STEP 4

Since we want rays of light, we can achieve this effect with Wind. But because Wind only goes side to side, we need to rotate our canvas. Go to Image>Rotate Canvas>90 CW.

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STEP 4

Apply Filter>Stylize>Wind..., Method Wind, Direction From the Right. Apply Wind 3 times. Apply a Motion Blur angle 0, Distance of 100. Rotate the canvas back 90 CCW like in step 3.

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STEP 5

Apply Filter>Distort>Polar Coordinates... and convert from Rectangular to Polar. Turn the top, black text layer on.

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STEP 6

Add a levels adjustment layer (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels...) and adjust the blue channel to add some color.

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And there you have it, the final version is easily cropped out. You may want to try blurring the layer a little, though I like the sharp rays in this case.

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