How To Create Starburst Effect in Photoshop

How to create a starburst effect in Photoshop and make your pictures more enticing and eye – catching.

This starburst effect has been used by the advertising industry for decades. To beat a very skilfully composed starburst effect is difficult.

There are several different methods to create starburst effect in Photoshop. Lets see how we can create this starburst effect in Photoshop.

In this tutorial we will try to create starburst effect in Photoshop with the two most popular techniques, used for creating hard edged and soft edged starbursts. Remember this will form the basic foundation, which you can use to create different types of starburst effect in Photoshop, just stretch your imagination.

So, How to create starburst effect in Photoshop:

starburst effect in photoshop

Hard Edged Starburst effect: 

 Step 1: First create a new document with the default white background. Make the shape square, I have chosen 300px by 300px, square images yields better results. Of course you can always crop the image later to your liking.
Add a new layer above this layer. Make this new layer active. Now select the Rectangular Marquee tool and draw several vertical rectangles of different sizes across the new layer you just created. Choose the paint bucket tool and fill these rectangles with a color of your choice, for example here I used (#0d5c93).Its not necessary to make the rectangle exactly as is shown here on the left, just use you own creativity.
STEP 2: Now all you have to do is to go to Filter > Distort > Polar coordinates and select “Rectangular to polar” option and than click OK. And this what you get as shown on the left here. A simple hard edged starburst effect. This technique creates a very distinctive and attractive hard edged starburst effect almost cartoon like. You can end here if you like or follow the next step for a more softer edge starbursts effect.


STEP1: Create a new document of 300px by 300px (square size produces better results). Create a new layer and make a vertical gradient across the layer with the gradient tool with two different colors of your choice. Here I used this two colors #0d5c93 and #c0def3 as background and foreground color. as shown in this image.

Step 2: Now go to filter > Distort > Wave and use the settings as shown here, than click OK. You can also try the Randomize button to change the wave patterns, just make sure the streaks of the two different colors are prominent or you may not get the desired effect.

Step 3:  Now as above go to Filter > Distort > Polar coordinates > make sure that “ Rectangular to polar” settings is checked and than click on OK to get the final Starburst effect. This effect produces a softer edge starburst effect as you can see in the image on the left.

Unlike the hard edged starburst effect, this one produces a more soft and gentle starbursts effect in Photoshop.

With this two methods you can make a variety of Starbursts effect in Photoshop. All you have to do is make different sizes of rectangular boxes, use different colors. You can also try a different settings under Distort > wave filter.You can also use the “Hue and saturation tool” in Photoshop to change the color to best suite your project.

Another example of starbursts effect in Photoshop shown on the left.

That’s it. Hope you could follow the tutorial. Did you try to make one? your comments are welcome.

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Ben Jamir

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