Starburst Effect

Starburst Effect in Photoshop

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Today we are going to learn how to create a starburst effect in Photoshop during this video tutorial in under 3 minutes! I have also included some step by step instructions below!


Step 1: Make it black / Then add Clouds


The first thing we need to do is make the entire image in black. To do this, perform the command CTRL+back space. It should now look like this below.


Image is now a solid black color


Next we need to add some clouds to this image. Go to the filter menu and click on render–>clouds


Layer is now clouds

Step 2: Add a Mezzotint Finish / Add a Radial Blur


With the clouds now added to this we want to again go to the filter menu and click on mezzotint. We want to then on the drop down click on short strokes. Next we want to go to filter again and we want to to blur–> radial blur–>100% best and zoom. After that blur is created we want to make the image even more fine. To do this all we need to do is simply perform the CTRL + F shortcode to make the image more fine. This should look something like this now


Adding the fine layer in photoshop

Step 3: Duplicate the Layer / Add the Hue and Saturation


I always suggest duplicating layers as it is a safety net just in case you mess up. To duplicate the layer simply perform the command CTRL + J . Next want to add some color to this layer. All you need to do is perform the command CTRL + U. You should be seeing a default box like this. Make sure you click on colorize. As a note at this point you can choose any color that you want. If you want to follow this video tutorial step by step, then just keep the default settings and press OK. This should look like this picture below.


Hue and Saturation in Photoshop


Step 4: Add 2 Twirls


Now we are so close to seeing this awesome starburst effect. What we need to do is duplicate the new layer (above) so we have two layers. On the top layer we want to go to filter–> twirl–>distort and choose a random positive number. To follow this exact example use the number 174. Once that is created we want to then go to the settings and change the layer to lighten color. This image should look like this below


Twirl in one direction in photoshop


Now we want to go to layer 1 copy and we want to do the reverse twirl effect. Again, go to filter–>twirl–> distort and choose the negative number of what you just chose before. To follow this tutorial you want to choose the number -174. Once that is created the image should look like this.


Twirl Effect in Photoshop


As a note you can keep changing this picture. Duplicate new layers and change the hue and saturation of different colors. Change the display to something cool just to see what else you can create. This is just something I did just to mess around at the end in Photoshop.


How to create a Starburst Effect in Photoshop