How to draw "rays" in Photoshop?
Quick & dirty method
Use readily available
custom shape, which has been included in the installation since probably CS 1 — maybe even before that. I didn't realize its powers at first, mainly because the small thumbnail is distorted with a heavy moirÃ© pattern (here highlighted):
Just draw that shape behind the object you want to "emit rays". Here are the shape's
path highlighted so you could have a better look how does it really look like; and the final result of the mockup.
custom shape has many limitations, sure, but it is the quickest method with a vanilla installation of Photoshop.
More unique method
Pick up the
pen tool and draw a
This would be one of your rays. Copy it, modify them if you wish and rotate them, so they all are pointing into one spot. While this isn't too hard, it takes considerably more time than the first method, especially if you are approaching the deadline.
The fading of the rays could be achieved with a
layer mask, which you could e.g.
fill with a
Here's my way...
Prepare an empty layer. Draw a rectangular marquee across the half of the layer. (like on the image above).
Fill that selection with your desired ray color.
Select Filter > Distort > Wave. Select the Square type and adjust the wavelength to increase/decrease bars (max and min the same value). Apply.
Select Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates. Select 'Rectangular to Polar'.
Modify your generated rays. You're done. =]