Add a custom look to any photo with this pack of 120 light overlays. Simply drag and drop any of these elements into your image editor.

Want to add a custom, organic feel to your photos? We’ve created a pack of 120 free light elements that you can use in any project. Organically captured in studio, these natural-light reflections can drastically alter the look and feel of any photo.

These free light overlays are simple to use — designed for drag-and-drop compatibility with nearly every photo editing program. Here’s a look at these 120 free overlays in action.

What Are Light Overlays?

Light overlays are image files designed to layer on top of photos. This pack of 120 free light overlays includes transparent PNG files for easy, drag-and-drop use.

We captured these light overlays in studio with a variety of light sources, reflective and refractive glass, and a professional camera. We sent light through different types of glass objects and into the camera, which created the lens reflections.

Our team then processed the images of lens distortion and bokeh into these 120 free light overlays. Using different color temperatures and light sources, we were able to create completely unique light overlays that you can layer onto photographs to add depth or create a more surreal look.

Download 120 Free Light Overlays

To download these free assets, simply click on the button below. To learn how to use them, be sure to watch the tutorial below with step-by-step directions.

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How to Use the 120 Free Light Elements

Don’t know how to use these free assets? We put together this helpful tutorial to show you how easy it is to drag and drop these light overlays into Adobe Photoshop and Shutterstock Editor.

The 120 PNG files are compatible with nearly every major photo editing program. Each overlay already includes transparency, so no need to key out any colors. Just adjust blend modes and opacity for the best look.

Adobe Photoshop

To use these free light overlays in Adobe Photoshop, simply open an image and drag and drop the overlays. (If you want to use the Shutterstock Plugin for the Adobe Creative Cloud mentioned in the video, you can download the plugin here.)

Step One: Open an image in Adobe Photoshop

120 FREE Light Overlays for Photographers and Graphic Designers — Open Image

Simply open any photo in Adobe Photoshop, or add a photo to your canvas with the Shutterstock Plugin for the Adobe Creative Cloud.

Step Two: Drag any of the overlays into the canvas

120 FREE Light Overlays for Photographers and Graphic Designers — Drag Overlays

Open the folder containing the 120 free light overlays. Browse for the overlay you want to use, then drag it into your Photoshop project.

Step Three: Scale the overlay to the size of the canvas

120 FREE Light Overlays for Photographers and Graphic Designers — Scale Overlay

Adjust the size of the overlay with the transform tool. Keyboard shortcuts:

  • Mac: Command+T
  • PC: Control+T

Hold down the Shift key while adjusting the size of the overlay to maintain a uniform scale size.

Move the overlay into the desired position on the canvas.

Step Four: Change the overlay’s blend mode

120 FREE Light Overlays for Photographers and Graphic Designers — Blend Mode

For the best look, adjust the overlay’s blend mode. The Shutterstock tutorial video above features the use of the Screen and Add blend modes.

Step Five: Add more overlays to your liking, and save your image

120 FREE Light Overlays for Photographers and Graphic Designers — Add Overlays

Continue to add overlays until you get the look you want. Then simply save and export your photo.

If you used the Shutterstock Plugin, simply sign into your Shutterstock account, and license the image to replace the watermarked preview.

Done

120 FREE Light Overlays for Photographers and Graphic Designers — Finished Product

Shutterstock Editor

To use these free light overlays in Shutterstock Editor, click on the Editor tab in the navigation bar above or visit shutterstock.com/editor. Open or find a photo, then drag the overlays into your browser.

Step One: Open Shutterstock Editor and set your canvas size

120 FREE Light Overlays for Photographers and Graphic Designers - Editor 1

Step Two: Search for and import a photo, upload your own, or try using a template

120 FREE Light Overlays for Photographers and Graphic Designers - Editor 2

Step Three: Drag any overlay into your canvas, or use the Upload button

120 FREE Light Overlays for Photographers and Graphic Designers - Editor 3

Step Four: Adjust the size and opacity of the overlay

120 FREE Light Overlays for Photographers and Graphic Designers - Editor 4

Step Five: License and download the image

120 FREE Light Overlays for Photographers and Graphic Designers - Editor 5

If you used your own photo, just hit the Download button. If you used a Shutterstock image, simply hit the Download button to license the image. Select your Shutterstock plan, then hit Save.

Done

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