Create stunning and realistic light ray effects quickly and easily. Known as volumetric lighting in computer graphics or crepuscular rays in atmospheric optics, this dramatic effect adds polish and style. Since the rays are only added to highlight areas, they have the effect of passing through objects and add a third dimensional quality. Add shafts of light streaming through clouds, rays filtering through a forest canopy, beams of light on a foggy night or rays shooting out from text. Rays adds a striking and dramatic quality to any image.




Rays Features:

  • Set the ray length and brightness
  • Control ray direction with an on-screen control
  • Customize the color of the rays using a color picker
  • Threshold control to specify where the rays will be visible
  • Add your own light source to generate rays
  • Randomize the rays
  • Add texture inside the rays for a more natural and organic look
  • Modify settings with sliders
  • Sophisticated but easy to use masking tools *
  • Layering system for multiple film stock application *
  • Modify settings with sliders

* Photo plug-in version only.


  • One Rays photo plug-in license will allow it to run in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture if installed on the same machine.

  • One Rays video/film plug-in license will allow it to run in Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion 5, Avid Editing Systems, Assimilate Scratch, Black Magic Resolve, Sony Vegas and The Foundry's Nuke if installed on the same machine.
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Rays v2 Downloads

This is a paid upgrade and will require a v2 serial number. Your v1 serial will not work.

User Guide and Tutorial

The above software contains a 15 day fully functional trial for both photo and video/film versions.

Note: Please download and test the software on your machine before purchasing. Once a permanent license has been issued, your order can not be refunded.

The software will be converted to a permanent version by purchasing a license.

Internet access required during activation / deactivation and to get a trial license.

System / Software Requirements:

  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 and up (64 Bit Only)
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 and up (Non-app store version)
  • Apple Photoshop Lightroom 3 and up
  • Apple Aperture 3

  • Adobe After Effects CS5 and up
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and up
  • Apple Final Cut Pro X
  • Apple Motion 5
  • Avid Editing Systems (64 Bit only)

  • Assimilate Scratch v8 and up
  • Black Magic Resolve v11 and up
  • Sony Vegas v13 and up
  • The Foundry's Nuke v8 and up

  • Macintosh Multicore 64 Bit Intel® processor
  • Mac OSX 10.8 and above

  • Windows 7 64 bit and up

Internet access required for software activation / deactivation / trials


  • MacOS 10.15 Compatibility
    Rays is now compatible with macOS 10.15.

Version 2.1.2 Released 11/20/2017

Bug Fix
  • Missing Monitor Profile - macOS 10.13 Only
    On some Macs, the default monitor profile does not exist. This caused a crash when the user interface opened.

Version 2.1.1 released 10/18/2017

  • Installers Updated for Photoshop CC 2018 and Lightroom Classic CC
    The installers now support Photoshop CC 2018 and Lightroom Classic CC.

Version 2.1 RELEASED 10/09/2017

Bug Fix
  • Shimmer - Render Did Not Match User Interface
    When using Shimmer, the render did not match the user interface close enough. This could also affect the video/film version when using proxy resolutions.

Version 2.0v11 (MAC ONLY) RELEASED 11/11/2016

Bug Fix
  • Color Pot Render Crash - macOS Sierra
    A crash occured while rendering if you changed a color using a color picker.

Version 2.0V10 (MAC ONLY) RELEASED 09/23/2016

Bug Fix
  • Plug-ins not showing up in FCPX and Motion
    We worked around a bug in macOS Sierra which prevented our plug-ins from appearing in FCPX and Motion.

Version 2.0V9 (MAC ONLY) RELEASED 09/15/2016

  • macOS Sierra Support
    Rays is now compatible with macOS Sierra.

Version 2.0V7 RELEASED 12/07/2015

Bug Fix
  • After Effects and 16/32 Bit Depth Corruption
    In Adobe After Effects CC 2015 Version 13.6, Adobe changed the way plug-ins dealt with 16/32 bit processing. New versions of our plug-ins are required to deal with this change.

Version 2.0V6 RELEASED 8/06/2015

Bug Fixes
  • OFX Keyframing
    We fixed a problem where certain parameters were not keyframing in some OFX hosts.

VERSION 2.0V4(WIN) & 2.0V5(MAC)RELEASED 6/16/2015

  • Adobe CC 2015 Installer Compatibility
    The 2.0V4(Win) and 2.0v5(Mac) installers will automatically find Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.
  • Version 2.0v4 released 3/13/2015

    Bug Fixes
    • Avid Crashing on Start (Mac Only)
      Avid made an architectural change between MC v8 and v8.1 that caused the Avid to crash when Dfx v4 was installed. We have worked around this issue and the minimum requirement for Avid systems is now Mac OSX 10.8 and above.

    Version 2.0v3 released 1/30/2015

    Bug Fixes
    • Delete Layer
      You can now Delete a layer when multiple layers are present.
    • Nuke Plug-in Naming
      Added prefixes to the plug-in names so as to not create conflicts with Nuke's internal node naming.

    Version 2.0v2 released 12/03/2014

    Bug Fixes
    • gputool Not Signed on Mac
      The gputool was not signed on Mac.
    • gputool Settings Not Working Correctly
      The gputool's settings were not overriding the preferences set in the photo and video/film plug-ins.
    • Mac Pro Dual D700 FCPX Issue
      GPU acceleration was not working properly on Mac Pro Dual D700 graphics cards in FCPX.
    • Windows Installer - Check for OpenCL
      The Windows installer now checks for OpenCL before installation.

    Version 2.0 released 11/09/2014


    • Light Source
      A circular light source can now be used to enhance the generation of the light rays. It is particularly useful when the image does not have strong highlights.
    • Texture
      Texture can be added to create more natural and organic rays.
    • Blur
      The rays can be blurred.
    • Layers and Masking
      Photo plug-in hosts now have layering and masking. Mask types include: Gradient, Spot, Path, Snap, EZ Mask, Selection and Paint.
    • OFX Host Support
      The OFX plug-in format is now supported making it compatible with digital intermediate programs Assimilate Scratch and Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve, the Foundry's Nuke compositing software and the Sony Vegas non-linear editing system.
    • Retina Display Support
      Support for Mac Retina displays has been added.
    • User Interface - New Preview Size
      A 4096 pixel size was added to the Film Stocks user interface Preview Size preference. Images can be now be previewed at 1024, 2048 and 4096 pixels.