Sparkly Stars In Photoshop By John Erickson

This is a quick and easy way to create sparkling stars or other star-like sparkles in Photoshop.

Step 1

Begin with a blank background or an image that you want to add sparkles to. Dark colors work best if you want the sparkles to stand out.

Using the paintbrush tool on a new layer, with a small round brush and a soft edge, place little white dots wherever you want your sparkles to be. Vary the size of the brush for a more random look.

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Step 2

Create 4 duplicates of that layer.

On the first duplicate layer, use the motion blur filter at an angle of 0 degrees. The number of pixels will vary depending on the size of your image. In this lo-res test, I used a 15 pixel blur.

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On the next layer, do the same thing, but at an angle of 90 degree.

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Do the same thing to the last two duplicate layers, but double the number of pixels of the blur.

Step 3

Set the blending style of the dot layer and all of the duplicates to screen. You now have pretty little star-like sparkles.

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Experiment!

By experimenting with extra layers, blur amounts, blur angles, color and opacity levels, you can create variations on the basic effect.

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