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By Renée Dustman
Adobe Photoshop CS2/CS3/CS4/CS5
Macintosh, Microsoft Windows
The starbursts that the default Star brush tips create often leave something to be desired. Using our technique, which includes two different brush tips, you have complete control over the way your starbursts look.
To create custom starbursts, we’ll:
Adding a strategically placed starburst is a good way to draw attention to a shiny area, as shown in Figure A. In Photoshop, you can create starbursts in a few different ways. For example, you can simply use the Brush tool with a Star tip to create a basic starburst. This may be the easiest way, but it isn’t always the best solution. For more creative control, you can paint your own starbursts using two different brush tips. We’ll show you how!
Control your destiny
Our technique for creating starbursts allows you to create similar accents to those the Star tips create, but better. They’re better because you can size both components that make up a starburst (the rays and center) in any way you want, without distorting the starburst. This is possible because we use one brush tip for the rays and another tip for the center. To give our technique a try, download the file starburst.zip from the URL given at the beginning of this article and open the file fender.jpg in Photoshop. (Images provided by PhotoSpin. Some images modified for educational purposes.) Create a copy of this image (Image > Duplicate) in which to work.
In your duplicated document, you’ll first create the rays of the starburst. Let’s begin by choosing a brush tip.
To choose a brush tip:
Set the tool options
Now that you ha...