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Comet or Shooting Star

Have you ever seen a falling star? Well even if you didnt with this tutorial you will be able to make one yourself.

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Shooting Star

In this tutorial we will add stars to a photo that doesnt have any ant after that we will make one shooting star. Astrology calls. Astronomy as well :)


Open the photo with dark background, preferably a night scene. If you dont have any, use mine, here it is:   

(It is MY photo, I hope you like it)


Make new layer and fill it with white. Use Brush Pallet Window/Brushes to set the following:

in Brush Tip Shape

Diameter (depending on the size of the picture) is 5px

Hardness is 40%
Spacing is maximum
in Shape Dynamics

Size jitter (means variation - some will be small some big) 70%

Minimum Diameter is 1%
in Scattering
Scatter is maximum
Count is 1
Count jitter is 100%

That was about the brush. Now, in that new layer use Brush tool with Black color as foreground color on white background. Because of the previous settings, you will get something like this:



Now, to isolate the stars itself, use Magic Wand tool and select the white background. After that, inverse selection Select/Inverse selection.

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Submitted by Martin on 2006-04-16 23:26:09. Since then read 441720 times.
Scored 4.51 points out of maximum 5 by 122 votes.

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ShadeX shadex DOT forums AT gmail DOT com said on 2006-04-23 10:21:46
Very nice tutorial! Good job

Elena mystra307 AT hotmail DOT com said on 2006-05-25 23:26:46
Fantastic. A very good idea to get beauty "summer" night pictures

Martin mato AT t-tutorials DOT com said on 2006-05-26 11:31:18
I am glad you liked it. It was not that hard to make from the technical point of view, but the problem was that I have not seen the shooting star for longer than 2 nanoseconds :) Good idea, I am so proud of myself :D thx

Du hikaruutadu AT yahoo DOT com said on 2006-06-05 19:37:06
XD god, i never know make a starry night could be this easy.

Astronomer salesblue AT hotmail DOT com said on 2006-06-22 11:28:06
Very nice tutorial, but as an amateur-astronomer I can say that the stars as well as the comet look lousy, sorry.

Dan chronosoldier21 AT gmail DOT com said on 2006-07-16 14:53:59
i would like permission to use your nightsky image for photoshop, and also to post on DeviantART. Base Image credits will be given. Email me for the answer Thanks, Dan

Tyler Tjay0609 AT yahoo DOT com said on 2008-04-30 10:52:13
Thanks so much. It's 1 in the morning of my girlfriend's birthday and i needed a picture to put on the front of the jewel case. i won't go into detail, but you saved me here. Thanks big time

Holly hollychemical AT live DOT co DOT uk said on 2008-11-21 11:01:45
Ah, thank you! It's a simple yet very effective tutorial. :]

aliiisaaa naymakoyer AT hotmail DOT com said on 2008-11-21 11:37:58
shooting stars arr thaa mst ugliestt fingz ii ave eva seen nd ur syd ittt bun

Patricia said on 2009-01-26 23:56:31
(: Wow so easy to follow. Good job. Instead of using the 'Outer Glow' effect. I duplicated the layer, and did a Gaussian Blur (4.7px) Does the same thing. : P But if you do both outer glow & GB, it makes a bigger shine. Hehe, I'll stop wasting your life. Anyways. Nice tutorial.

JBL said on 2009-02-01 03:53:09
Thank you, I needed such a tutorial!

Julie milletresors AT orange DOT fr said on 2009-05-29 09:53:17
Beautiful ! I'm looking for an illustration about shooting stars for a children's paper magazine (humble... 1000 readers) edited by a family association. May I use your picture ? I'll quote your credit and will give you more information if needed. Thank you ! Julie

Cindy cindy177 AT charter DOT net said on 2011-02-05 00:49:30
Thanks very much - this was incredibly helpful!

Anonymous said on 2011-02-25 23:51:05
that doesnt even look real

Anonymous said on 2011-02-25 23:51:06
that doesnt even look real

Becca said on 2011-02-25 23:58:14
wpw ur tutorial suck a LOT!!!! like that really doesnt look like a shooting star.... you suck, seriously...

Becca T said on 2011-02-26 00:00:05
oops, im sorry. i meant to say that this SUCKS A LOT!!! REALLY SUCKS

Becca T said on 2011-02-26 00:00:05
oops, im sorry. i meant to say that this SUCKS A LOT!!! REALLY SUCKS

nikezoom nikezoom AT gmail DOT com said on 2011-05-07 09:33:40
This article is very good, I like it very much, and I also like Nike outlet sports series, hope we can share the fun of Nike zoom.thank you.

rawr said on 2012-04-15 08:34:06
Thanks for the tutorial, very helpful.

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