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How to Add Northern Lights to Any Photo

May 13, 2024 · 3 minutes read
How to Add Northern Lights or Aurora Lights to Any Photo

Last weekend (May 10-12), a rare sight lit up the skies outside the North Pole: the aurora borealis. Countries like US, Mexico, Ireland, and Italy, Germany, UK, and more were treated to this stunning display.

Aurora Borealis

Experts predict that this phenomenon, triggered by a powerful solar storm, will likely continue into Monday (May 13th), so be sure to keep an eye out for more beautiful scenes like this.

If you missed capturing the northern lights with your phone, tha'ts ok! We'll guide you through how to add northern lights to your pictures with just a few simple taps. Keep reading!

Add Aurora Lights to Photo

How to Add Northern Lights on Any Photo

Step 1: Get a photo editing app

How to add northern lights to photo

To add aurora light to your picture, the first step is to get a photo editing app. In this example, we're using YouCam Perfect, which includes a sky-editing feature.

Step 2: Import your picture

Tap on 'Photo Editing' from the app's homepage and select the image you wish to edit. I personally prefer pictures showing more sky so the effect will stand out more.

Step 3: Add northern lights to the picture

Add Aurora Lights to Photo

In YouCam Perfect, there are currently 5 northern lights styles you can choose. Here's how to apply them:

  • Swipe right on the toolbar until you find 'Sky'
  • Tap 'Aurora' and choose the aurora light you prefer
  • Make any adjustments necessary to achieve the desired look

How to Add Northern Lights on Any Photo

👉 Read more: Relace Sky in Your Photos With AI for Free

Step 4: Save and share!

How to Add Northern Lights on Any Photo

That's a wrap! You can now save the picture with northern lights and share on the social media to join this trend.

✨[Bonus Tip] Make A Silhouette

To make your Aurora Light picture stand out even more, you can personalize it by adding your silhouette using the 'Cutout' tool in YouCam Perfect.

How To Turn Photos Into Silhouette

👉 Check out the Tutorial: How To Turn Photos Into Silhouette

Final Thoughts

I know these AI-generated Northern Lights can't really compare to the real thing. But for someone who missed out on the fun (like me), I think this kind of sky replacement feature can still give me a taste of the action.

So if you've also missed out on the fun, I would recommend trying out these aurora light effects on some of your pictures.


What are the Northern Lights Caused by?

The Northern Lights, or auroras, happen when particles from the sun meet the Earth's magnetic field.

During events like solar storms, the sun releases charged particles, some of which head our way. As they get close to Earth, they're pulled towards the magnetic poles.

When these particles crash into gases in our atmosphere, like oxygen and nitrogen, they light up, making the amazing displays we see as the Northern Lights in the North (aurora borealis) and the Southern Lights in the South (aurora australis).

What Does It Mean by Solar Storm? Or Solar Flare?

A solar storm is like a big disturbance on the Sun's surface that sends out a bunch of energy and particles into space. Sometimes, this can happen when there's a lot of magnetic activity on the Sun.

Now, a solar flare is like a sudden burst of strong radiation from the Sun, kind of like a big flash. It happens around areas on the Sun where there's a lot of magnetic activity.

Sometimes, these flares can shoot out clouds of charged particles, and if those particles head towards Earth, they can cause what we call a geomagnetic storm, which can mess with things like satellites and power grids.

Why I Can't See Aurora Lights with My Eyes?

Even though auroras are beautiful and bright, they can be faint and spread out across the sky, making them difficult to see with the naked eye, especially if you're not in a very dark area. Sometimes, they're not as vivid as in photographs because our eyes can't pick up all the colors and details that a camera can.

Also, the human eye is not as sensitive to faint light as a camera lens, especially in low-light conditions. So, even if there's a faint aurora, it might not be visible to the naked eye unless it's particularly strong or you're in a very dark location away from city lights.

That's why it's often recommended to use a camera to capture the auroras, as they can pick up more detail and color than our eyes can.

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