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270+ Free Lens Flare Pictures and Textures

In the past, lens flare or light glare is considered a big no-no and should be avoided at all cost. In fact, there are a lot of tutorials out there that tell you how to avoid glare in photos. Special equipment were also used such as lens hoods to prevent flares and glares. However, with the advent of digital photography, where you do not need to spend for expensive films, photographers have become more creative with lens flares.  In fact, incorporating lens flares in photos is considered as as a creative way to add a bit of visual interest in your composition.

But what are lens flare and how do you incorporate flares in your photographs?

A lens flare is created when light is reflected off the inner and outer surfaces of the camera.  Light actually enters the camera perpendicular to the lens, making light travel around the inside of the lens before it reaches the image sensor. Sunlight is the most basic source to use for flare but any strong light source can also produce the same effect. there is no formula in capturing lens flare but your best bet is to put you subject partially in front of the light source. Catching only half of the light source in your lens will usually cause this effect as well.

Another way to put flares in your photograph is to use image editing software like adobe Photoshop and blending two photographs–your subject and the flare texture. This way you will be able to preserve the original photo without the flare. Photoshop also has a built-in plugin for creating lens flare.

free lens flare textures

In this post, we rounded up some beautiful lens flare texture that you can use for blending with your photos in Adobe Photoshop or other programs. The first set are single textures while the second part are texture packs, which you may download in multiples. To get the lens flare texture that you want, simply click on the preview image and it will take you to anew page where you can get  these textures in bigger resolutions. Have fun using these textures!

LENS FLARE: SINGLE TEXTURES

lens flare textures-rainbow explosion

lens flare texture wide

lens flare texture wide

rendered lens flare texture

lens flare texture grunge

lens flare texture blue background

lens flare yellow background

lens flare texture dark background

star trails iridium flare texture

LENS FLARE TEXTURE PACKS

Below, you will find texture packs consisting high-quality lens flare textures. Some of them are rendered flares that you can play around using layers and blending in Photoshop. Enjoy these freebies and please do not forget to thank the author or source with a link back.

15 High-Res Lens Flare Textures from Think Design
An exclusive set of 15 lens flare textures consisting of different kinds of flares in different colors.

lens flare texture pack

Big Lens And Optical Flare Collection by ~Wiiz7
There are a total of 148 lens and optical flares included in this set.

lens and optical flare textures

Amazing lens flares by ~SaphireDesign
Includes 8 beautiful and high-resolution lens flare textures free to use in your designs.

lens flares texture pack

Free HD Lens Flares and Optical Flares by ~hakeryk2
Includes 31 high-definition optical and lens flares you can use as textures. These images have resolution of 4000×3000 pixels.

high definition lens and optical flares

15 unique lens flare textures from Dawg House Design Studio
These textures were created using the built-in lens flare plugin in Adobe Photoshop.

unique lens flare texture pack

Lens Flare Pack by ~Wiiz7
There are 10 lens flare textures in this set that are free to doanload and use.Not all textures are shown in the preview image below.

lens flare texture pack

13 high-quality lens flare collection.
The textures included in this pack are high-resolution at 5000×5000 pixels in size.

high-quality lens flare

7+ Free Optical Flares for Photoshop
Contains 7 free lens flares in high resolution (4000×3000 pixels).

optical flares pack

Free lens flare textures and pictures for blending and texturizing in Photoshop
270+ Free Lens Flare Pictures and Textures
Date Published: 11/11/2012
Here are over 270 high-quality but free lens flare textures and pictures that you can use to add some visual interest in your composition and photos.
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