5 Useful Photoshop Effects

by Staff

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3. Instant Starry Sky

This technique is very useful when you need to add fine details to complex illustrations.
It doesn't replace a real starry sky but, if used with attention, can produce convincing results.

Step 1 : Create a gradient for the sky.
Step 2 : Select the Brush Tool (B) then hit F5 to bring up the Brushes palette.
Adjust Diameter and set a large Spacing. Use the preview at the bottom for reference. Now instead of painting solid strokes you will dot the sky with stars. (See Palette)

Create a gradient for the sky. Select the Brush Tool

Set Shape Dynamics. Increase Size Jitter to vary the diameter of the stars. For Control choose Off if you don't have a tablet. Then start saving to buy one. (See Shape Dynamics)

Set Scattering. You want your stars to pop up at random spots so use the preview as guide. (Scattering)

Set: Shape Dynamics ; Scattering and Jitter in brush dialogs

Set Opacity Jitter. This is crucial in making some stars appear closer and others appear farther. If you have a tablet you can control opacity and size by varying the pressure, thus having more control. If you don't have a tablet it's ok. (Jitter)
Some stars are small and bright, others are big and close to us but duller. Randomness looks good here.

Step 3 : Now you can have fun painting the galaxy away!

random star effect using brush modes and effects

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On December 3rd, Andrea Austoni said:

thanks for the kind words. I am not a woman, though! So please change the text.

On December 3rd, harshad s umrotkar said:

i m from India
this is very very very nice effect, i like this very much
thank u so much

On December 5th, Anonymous said:

Nice simple tutorials, though there are a number of things I'd do different, especially on the stars and wood texture, and the fake miniature photography thing, using masks is often superior and this effect could have been done in 3 steps as well, with much more flexibility after the fact.

On December 10th, Fred said:

Oh, Andrea -- I am very sorry !!! I believe you even told me that at one point, but I guess in the process of getting the story online I completely messed up. My apologies!

Still great stuff, isn't it, folks?

We're looking forward to more and more!

On March 2nd, Anonymous said:

Very nice little tutorials.. By the way I'm Nico from Philippines.. Can I have your e-mail please?

On April 3rd, Pat Jordan said:

So, it's a web page, Fred, change the "him" to "HER" already! I am with you Andrea, as a female (although my name can be mistaken for male or female gender) it is important to me to be referred to correctly, especially when you have contributed this great tutorial.... very, nice and one I will use, by the way.

On June 6th, LG said:

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On September 8th, Vipin said:

M visiting this site for the first time and I guess this is going to be a long love affair.
God bless all guys and gals who r helping people like us.

On October 28th, Anonymous said:

That is NOT how you do fake miniature photography.

On October 30th, Fred Showker said:

So, anonymous ... if this is NOT the way to do it, perhaps you'd like to provide us all with a more formal tutorial -- and show us how it's actually done!

There are now a whole array of plug-ins you can get for Photoshop that do exactly the same thing ... many are actually BASED ON THIS type of image manipulation.

But all our readers would seriously appreciate your contribution and insights on doing "fake" miniature photography.


Just tell me about it here: http://www.graphic-design.com/contact.html


On December 16th, Anonymous said:


On March 6th, Anonymous said:

f__k you .this one is really interpreting me so much .this one is disgusting performance of you.i think you leave graphic design and take to bowl on road.