February 19, 2016

Tutorial: Making the Sun

  1. Create a new project
    ….File > New (Width: 2000; Height: 2000)
  2. Make sure your foreground color is a black and using ALT + DEL fill the project with black
  3. Fit the project onto your screen (CTRL + 0)
  4. Choose your Elliptical Marquee Tool and holding down SHIFT + ALT start from the center of the project and draw out a circle to about 2/3 the size of the project
    ….If you need to move the Selection click inside the Selection and hold your Left Mouse Button down while moving the Selection
  5. Make a new layer and name it Sun
  6. Go to Filter > Render > Clouds
  7. Go to Filter > Render > Difference Clouds
  8. To increase the complexity of the patterns hit CTRL + F seven or eight times
  9. Delete the selection (CTRL + D)
  10. Click on the Adjustment Layer button and choose Gradient Map
  11. Click on the Gradient Box
    ….Double-Click on the left stop and change the color to 6a0202
    ….Click below the gradient bar to make a new stop and type in 30% for the location change the color to c20000
    ….….Click below the gradient bar to make a new stop and type in 60% for the location change the color to fdca3c
    …. Click right stop and type in 80% for the location
  12. Make the Sun Layer active and go to Filter > Distort > Spherize
    ….Amount: 100
  13. Repeat the filter (CTRL + F)
  14. Reduce the size by using the Transform Tool (CTRL + T)
  15. Holding down SHIFT + ALT drag in from a corner and hit ENTER when you have the size you want
  16. Shift-click the top Adjustment Layer to select it along with the Sun Layer and press CTRL + E to merge the layers – Rename the layer Sun
  17. Delete the background layer
  18. Go to File > New (Width: 1920; Height: 1080)
  19. Make sure your foreground color is black and using ALT + DEL fill the project with black and fit onto your screen (CTRL + 0)
  20. Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise
    ….Amount: 20
    ….Distribution: Gaussian
    ….Check Monochromatic
  21. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur
    ….Radius: 0.3
  22. Open the Levels Window (CTRL + L)
    ….Change the Black to 58
    ….Change the White to 140
  23. Click back on the Sun tab
  24. Choose the Move Tool and drag the sun onto the tab of the star project and without releasing your mouse button drag the sun onto the star project and drag it into position
  25. Make a copy of the new Sun Layer (CTRL + J)
  26. Make the original Sun Layer active and go to Filter > Blur > Radial Blur
    ….Amount: 100
    ….Blur Method: Zoom
    ….Quality: Best
  27. Make a copy of the Sun Layer (CTRL + J) and name it Inner Glow
  28. Rename the Sun Copy Layer Outer Glow
  29. Double-click on the Outer Glow Layer thumbnail to open the Layer Style window
    ….Click on Outer Glow and change the color to f9b92f
    ….Blend Mode: Dissolve
    ….Opacity: 100
    ….Size: 30
  30. Click on the arrow in the upper-right corner and choose Convert to Smart Object
  31. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur
    ….Radius: 2
  32. Click on the fx Button and choose Outer Glow
    ….Color: b10000
    ….Blend Mode: Normal
    ….Opacity: 100
    ….Size: 80
  33. Make the Inner Glow Layer active and double-click on the thumbnail to open the Layer Style window and choose Inner Glow
    ….Color: White
    ….Blend Mode: Soft Light
    ….Opacity: 100
    ….Size: 32

Final Render:
making-the-sun

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