Tutorial: Star Field (Photoshop CC)

What you will be making:

star field

  1. Make a New Project
    ……Width: 1080
    ……Height: 720
    ……Background Contents: Other (Choose #000000 from the pop-up color picker window)
  2. Right-Click on the Background layer and choose Convert to Smart Object
  3. Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise
    ……Amount: 25
    ……Distribution: Gaussian
    ……Turn on Monochromatic
  4. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blue
    ……Radius: 2
  5. Click on the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Levels
    ……Black Level: 40
    ……White Level: 46
  6. Hide the Levels layer (click on the eyeball)
  7. Make the Layer 0 layer active
  8. Click on the fx icon on the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Gradient Overlay
  9. Click on the Gradient and choose the Black, White gradient (third one)
    ……Double-Click on the white color stop and change the color to #599eff
  10. Gradient Options:
    ……Blend Mode: Linear Dodge (Add)
    ……Opacity: 50
    ……Angle: -100
  11. Drag the gradient down and to the left to darken the lower-left corner
  12. Turn the Levels layer back on (click on the eyeball)
  13. Hold down the ALT key and click on the line between the two layers to restrict the Levels layer to the Layer 0 layer
  14. Shift-Click on the Levels layer to choose both layers
  15. Right-Click on the Levels layer and choose Convert to Smart Object
  16. Go to Filter > Render > Lens Flare
    ……Placement: Right-hand side of preview
    ……Brightness: 100
    ……Lens Type: 50-300mm Zoom
  17. Click on the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Hue/Saturation
    ……Turn on Colorize
    ……Hue: 220
    ……Saturation: 40
  18. Make the Levels layer active and change the Foreground color to Black and Background color to White (use the B/W icon)
  19. Create a new layer and name it Clouds
  20. Change the Foreground Color to #001540
  21. Go to Filter > Render > Clouds
  22. Change the Blend Mode of the Clouds layer to Multiply
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