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Stars Tutorial by Ov3RMinD Stars Tutorial by Ov3RMinD
I recently found this on my hard drive. I know I said I would upload a Star Tutorial some day because people kept asking me how I make the stars in my pictures. So I modified it a bit and here it is. I'm sorry I couldn't upload it earlier but I had no time and no photoshop.

I hope there are still some people who might find this useful.

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CrescentWingStudio Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a very useful tutorial but how do you get the edges to hold color like that but keep the main body white?
Ov3RMinD Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The easiest way is to use the Hue/Saturation dialog (Edit -> Adjust -> Hue/Saturation) to change the color of the stars. The star has to be on a solid background (white star on transparent layer doesn't work) and you have to check the Colorize checkbox.
CrescentWingStudio Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, Thank you so much :)  I've been having such difficulty figuring it out I appreciate you getting back with me :)
Moi-hime Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very informative, thank you!
BarbaranAlex Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Hi, I used your tutorial for this work:…

It was very helpful and this is an awesome tutorial, thanks for making and sharing it! (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧
Samurai-ko Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Again, this will be a great help - thanks for sharing this!
Nusheen Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yes! got it!
Blooming-Blossom Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ummm what program is that?
PastelDovePonyArtist Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I don't understand the 90 angle..
Salemik Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013

Thank you for the work you have put into this.


oOoMidnightoOo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
im gonna try this ^^
TatsukiOtaku Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student General Artist
im sorry i got so confused at Ctrl-T step..
macspendleton Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
EL-line Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
thank you ,that's quite useful
VictriaOfArgus Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student General Artist
I can't seem to make the brushes I make come out the way I originally created them.
Sunshine-Green Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used here: [link]
Thank you <3
JordFritz Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
what program?
Goldsmurf Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Great tutorial! how do I make my lens flare in the center?
BenjiiBen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student General Artist
looks awesome :D
The-OneChanbara Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you zen master
lunaxi Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
    I was wondering how you 'invert' in PSE 9?
AzulNaranja Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Thank you very much!
Xemylixa Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Useful indeed)))
Dionyzos-sama Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011   Interface Designer
thank U, I can really improve myself with this!
cacysunlee Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you !
hetalia-neko-fan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
So helpful!!! 8D
killiox-lonewof Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
Really nice tutorial. But I was wondering, is there a GIMP version of it?
lorelai182003 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
Thank you so much for the tutorial! One can create really beautiful stars with it! Used here --> [link]
marieartcorner Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Ahhhh I do love stars. Thanks for the insight!
FriesianKnight Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
I used your tutorial here: [link]

Thank you very much. ^.^
FizzPuff Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah,just what I needed,I was comissioned to do work on outerspace pictures,but It occured to me,I dont know how to do this stuff.This is just what I needed to help me :) Instead of cheating with the pen tool.
sowelunee Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great tutorial! i like it
THesla Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This Is Awesome!!!
silverheartx Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
I was able to follow every step, with the exception of the last tip you gave about 'inverting' the picture. I would be very grateful if you could be a little more thorough on what that means? And also how would you apply this to an already color-gradiated background? (Ex. my back ground is already a purple/blue gradient. How would I get just the star in the background without applying the black background of the star to my colored background??) I hope this makes sense...

Sorry, I am a little bit of a novice when it comes to performing certain elements in photoshop. ^^' I would really appreciate your help!
Ov3RMinD Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
About inverting: Inverting an image changes every color to its opposite, i.e. white to black and black to white of a single layer. When you define a brush preset in Photoshop (Menu Edit->Define Brush Preset), the brush tip will have the shape of the black parts of your image. Black will be 100% visible, gray will be transparent and white will be invisible. That means that if you want to create a bush out of the star, it would have to be black (it should be visible) on a white background (which will be invisible). But the star you created in this tutorial is white on a black background. Thats why you would need to invert the image of the star to make it a brush. Simply press Ctrl-i to invert a selected layer. (Don't forget to merge all your layers if you want to invert the whole image and it has more than one layer (Menu Layer->Merge Layers or Ctrl-E).)

Colored background: as explained above, if your brush preset is made from a black star on top of a white background, only the star will be painted when you use that brush. It doesn't matter what you paint it on.

Another way without using a brush preset would be to merge all the layers of your star so that the result would be a white star on black background on a single layer, and then simply set the layer mode to linear dodge. The linear dodge mode makes only those parts of a layer visible that are brighter than the layer below it. In the case of the star image, only the white star would remain visible.

I hope that helps.
If that doesn't clear things up, I recommend searching for a custom brush tutorial for Photoshop.
silverheartx Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
Thank you very much! Your advice has been of great help to me. :)
silverheartx Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Oh, nevermind i was able to figure it out...Thank you for the tutorial! It was very, very helpful! :D
Tuskface Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait...does this work of pse7?
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This wonderful artwork got featured :)
:: Once Upon a Star - a starry feature ::

Hope you don't mind :hug: happy holidays!
Ov3RMinD Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course I don't mind, thanks a lot for the feature.
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MasterWeirdoStock Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
i really love your tutorial :) but i don't know what the ctrl T and all that is and my computer is a mac...plz help :(
Ov3RMinD Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I didn't notice I didn't even mention the name of the Ctrl-T tool. :( It's Transform, you can also access it via the menu: Edit -> Free Transform. Sorry for that, should've explained it.
MagnumtheHedgehog Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
Very helpful, I use GIMP and I can make stars easily with the gradient flares, but now I have Photoshop and needed a way to make stars, this is a great help
Dumdodoor Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is gonna be useful indeed! ^^
Redd23 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
Thank you fo this <3 I used it here: [link]
Glittercandy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
This was a hugely helpful tutorial! I created a great star brush by following it. :) :heart:

Thank you for making this.
Ov3RMinD Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. Glad it helped you.
Hushabyhollo Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
Thankyou for making this! I used it here: [link]
Crissy-Pie Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
Thanks! this is helpful
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