Ever wondered how to make stars in Adobe Photoshop? Well, wonder no more! In this quick tip tutorial, you will learn how to make stars in Photoshop quickly and easily.
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What You'll Learn in This Photoshop Tutorial
- How to make a star in Adobe Photoshop
- How to create a star effect in Adobe Photoshop
- How to make star trails with a brush
- How to create a shining star
- How to create a shooting star
For this tutorial, I will be using stock photos from Envato Elements:
1. How to Make a Star in Adobe Photoshop
In your document, go to the Polygon Menu, right-click on it, and select the Polygon Tool (U), which is a pentagon.
Go to the Settings in the top toolbar. This will be shaped like a cog. Click on this and select the Star checkbox with the Radius set to 25%.
Next, drag out your shape. This will give us a chunky star.
Change the percentage to create a range of different star shapes. Simple!
2. How to Create a Star Effect in Adobe Photoshop
Create a New Layer (Control-N) in your document and fill the layer with black.
Next, go to Filter > Add Noise and set the Amount to 50%, select Gaussian, and check the Monochromatic box. Click OK.
Go to Filter >Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the blur Radius to 1.5%, and click OK.
Next, we go to Levels (Control-L) and move the arrows to the base of the curve in the Input Levels, similar to how this is below. Play with these sliders until you get a pleasing star field intensity.
Next, set the Layer Blend Mode to Screen. To add extra intensity to your stars, simply duplicate the layer. I think this makes a really impressive star effect with not much effort.
3. How to Make Star Trails With a Brush
Create a star of your choosing as in "Part 1. How to Make a Star in Adobe Photoshop", and make sure that it's set to black.
Here are the settings I used to create a star trail.
Brush Tip Shape
- Spacing to 102%
- Size Jitter to 27% with Control set to Pen Pressure
- Angle Jitter at 70% with the Control set to Pen Pressure
- Roundness Jitter to 20%; Control: Off
- Minimum Roundness to 25%
- Scatter is set to 196% on Both Axes; Control: Pen Pressure
- Count Jitter to 14%; Control: Pen Pressure
- Opacity Jitter is set to 0%; Pen Pressure is set to Minimum 0%
- Flow Jitter at 0% set to Pen Pressure with Minimum at 76%
Now you can save your brush by clicking the square with the + sign at the bottom of the Brush Settings panel.
Here's how our star trail brush looks with our settings.
4. How to Create a Shining Star
Draw out your stars using the Star Trail Brush we just created and duplicate the layer.
On the lower layer, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the Radius to 8.6 Pixels. Click OK.
5. How to Create a Shooting Star
In the Brush Settings, select the default Hard Round Pressure Opacity brush and squeeze the tip shape to a narrow oval.
On a New Layer (Control-N), draw out a shooting star with the tip being more intense than the trail.
Select the Eraser (E) and use a Soft Brush to gently paint out some of the tail.
To create a meteor shower effect, hold Alt and use the Move Tool (V) to duplicate each layer. Scale, move, and repeat as necessary. Optionally, to add depth, you can lower the opacity of some of the shooting stars.
Now you have learned how to make stars in Photoshop! I hope you found this quick tip useful and can use these techniques to jazz up your artwork.
If you'd like to learn more from Envato Tuts+, here are some excellent tutorials on how to get started with Adobe Photoshop, working with brushes and light effects!
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