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Easy Starry Night Sky

Author: cowham

Tools Needed

* Adobe Photoshop

Introduction

Make an easy starry sky using Adobe Photoshop.

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Step 1: Make the Stars

Open a new file FILE menu, then NEW. Using the paint tool make your background black.

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Go to the FILTERS menu, then NOISE, and choose ADD NOISE.

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Make sure BOTH monochromatic and Gaussian are selected.

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Step 2: Refine the Stars

Go to the IMAGE menu, then ADJUSTMENTS, and choose LEVELS.

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Move the black triangle on the left towards the right, this will eliminate the unwanted noise.

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Our finished stars:

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Step 3: Add Some Clouds

Make a new layer by clicking on the post it note icon in the layers box. (The layers box can be opened from the WINDOW menu)

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Choose a cloud color by clicking on the bottom color box, I choose blue.

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Go to the FILTER menu, then RENDER, and choose CLOUDS.

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Go back to the FILTER menu, RENDER, and choose DIFFERENCE CLOUDS. Run this filter 7 times or so. (The last filter you used will appear at the top of the list.)

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Step 4: Refine the Clouds

In the Layers box, click on the upper left box with an arrow (which says NORMAL), and choose SCREEN.

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This makes our star layer visible.

OPTIONAL:

Make a new layer, choose a new cloud color (I used purple), and repeat the above steps. You can make as many cloud layers as you need.

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Fade each cloud layer by using the Opacity slider in the upper right corner of the Layers box.

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Now that looks more like Nova clouds.

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Step 5: Add Bright Stars

Click on layer 1 in the Layers box.

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Go to the FILTER menu, RENDER, then LENS FLARE.

Each option makes a different kind (and color) flare.

The 105mm Prime is a white flare.

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Pick a spot to put your flare and adjust the brightness, repeat as many times as needed. You can fade the flare from the EDIT menu, FADE command. You can only fade the last flare you made.

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Step 6: More Examples

Black and White (colors used for the CLOUDS filter):

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White and Blue:

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Black and White:

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Two of the above both visible:

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White and Blue:

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