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15 Free Photoshop Light Leak Actions and Overlays

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The vintage film look has made its comeback in force! The light leak effect was commonly created by openings (leaks) in film cameras. Light trickling through the body would prematurely expose film, leading to some brilliant looks in the final photo.

Light leaks commonly show as bands of bright, colorful streaks over the top of your image. 

Light leak look by Richard (PJ) Lambert.

As the film style has made its way into the digital era, so too have simulated light leaks! In this tutorial, I'll show you a combination of free and premium light leak styles in Adobe Photoshop.

Download Light Leak Photoshop Actions

If you want a shortcut to creating a realistic light leak effect, check out what Envato Elements has to offer. Envato Elements is an all-you-can-download creative buffet of assets, templates, and graphics for your projects.

The Elements assets are hand selected and reviewed so you can spend less time searching for files and more time on the project at hand.

Envato Elements
Envato Elements is a subscription to a huge library of assets

Elements includes an impressive pack of Photoshop light leak actions. If you purchase a subscription to Elements, you can download and keep Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, and so much more. 

Check out these light leak looks, included with an Elements subscription:

FilterGrade Light Leaks Photoshop Actions S1

Elements Light Leaks 1

Includes 20 light leak effects.

FilterGrade Light Leaks Photoshop Actions S2

Light Leak 2

Includes 20 light leak effects.

Bokeh & Light Leaks Backgrounds

Light Leak Overlay

Includes 15 overlays.

Free Light Leak Actions

If you're looking for a free alternative to simulate light leaks, I've created a roundup of 25 of the best light leak actions and styles form around the web.

These links are a mix of actions (one click styles to add light leaks) and overlays, which are images you overlay on top of your own photo. Check the instructions on each page for usage instructions.

Free Light Leak Photoshop Actions from Sivioco

Pack of 5.

Brusheezy - Lomo Light Leaks

Brusheezy Overlay

Pack of 71 overlay images.

Brusheezy - Prestalgia Retro Action Effects

Prestalgia Retro Actions

Pack of 10.

Friabrisa Light Leak 

Friabrisa

pstutorialsws Actions

Pstutorialsws

Sivioco Light Leaks

Sivioco Light Leaks

Pack of 5.

Spoon Graphics - Free Light Leak Texture Pack

Spoon Graphics Light Leak

Pack of 15.

Photographypla.net - Free Vintage Light Leak

Photographyplanet

Shutter Pulse - Free Vintage Light Leak Action

Shutter Pulse

Email address required.

PresetPro - Free Photoshop Light Leak

PresetPro Light Leak

Loaded Landscapes - Free Action

Loaded Landscapes Light Leak

Nostalgia Vintage Light Leaks

Nostalgia Vintage LL

Photoshop Tutorials - 24 Ultra Fade and Light Leak

Light Leak PS Tut

CoffeeShop Light Leak

Coffeeshop Light Leak

Creative Tacos - 4 Free Light Leaks

Creative Tacos Light Leaks

Recap & Keep Learning

This tutorial helped you find some of the best looking and easiest to use light leak effects for Adobe Photoshop.

If you want to try out other creative styles for your images with actions, check out these tutorials:

How do you build a Photoshop light leak look? Let me know in the comments.

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