This page is a Tutorial, and gives instruction on a process or technique that can be performed in Photoshop.
A starry night can be quickly added to an image as a background.
The Add Noise filter can be used to generate a randomized base of pixels for further processing.
From: Photoshop Essentials.com
- Add a new layer, filled with black.
- (Add Noise cannot be used on a blank layer!)
- Use Gaussian Blur to slightly spread the noise.
- Use Levels adjustment layer to trim the noise down to a few specks of light.
- For best results, place all sliders to the right of the histogram 'hump'.
- Zoom in to 100% to get a proper preview. Lower zoom levels do not work well with noisy images.
- Shift colors as needed (e.g. Colorize, chromatic noise layer)
- + Relatively simple to perform.
- + Steps can be saved as an action
- – Add Noise has certain limitations
- Point size is limited.
- The results may be too colorful (non-monochromatic) or too dull (monochromatic) without further steps.
- – Some points have odd shapes.
PaintingEditBrush tool and certain brushes to paint stars rather than generate them.
- Use normal round brushes (at low sizes) and pointed star brushes (if available).
- In Brush options, experiment with the following values:
- Standard > Spacing
- Brush Shape Dynamics
- Size Jitter
- Angle Jitter (for pointed stars, if desired)
- Brush Scattering
- Count Jitter
- Color Dynamics
- Hue Jitter
- Brightness Jitter
- – Advanced brush options are not available in older versions of Photoshop.
- – Requires a lot of setup time and experimentation.
- + Favorable brushes can be saved for later.
- – May need extra brushes to get favorable results.
Stock PhotographyEditstock photography online, and just add a suitable image as a layer.
- Search for an image (high resolution preferred):
- "stars night"
- Tends to retrieve pleasant-looking results suitable for most purposes.
- Retrieves more spectacular images suitable for science-fiction or fantasy settings. (May also retrieve results for a particular Christian band.)
- "starry night"
- Often pulls up Vincent van Gogh's famous painting.
- Edit > Paste into new layer
- Erase or layer mask as needed.