Howdy! Today we will make the twinkling stars on the city sky in Photoshop. Sometimes we have needed a sky with full of stars in our pictures and we are helpless to create such like effect. Here I have dug a way to create twinkling stars effect just using Photoshop. It is not difficult work; just I thought about it and implemented many times. Now I’m going to share my knowledge with you. In this tutorial, all guidelines have been written in easy steps. I hope you will understand it easily and apply it at your end.
Final image After Stars Effect
Steps to Make the Twinkling Stars on the City Sky
Step 1: Open Night View City Image
In our first step open a night mode image from a computer. Go to File -> Open or press the command Ctrl + O. In new prompt window select, the require image from the computer and do click on Ok button. The image will be opened in Photoshop window.
Step 2: Make Copy Layer in Layer Panel
In the second step make the copy layer of the Background in layer Panel. For this purpose go to Layer -> New -> Layer Via Copy or press the command Ctrl +Alt + J and enter the name of a layer as “Copy”.
Step 3: Separate the Sky Area by Quick Selection Tool
In 3rd step, select the Quick Selection Tool from Toolbar and make the perfect selection of black sky area.
Now after selection press the command Ctrl + J to separate the selected area. You will see the new layer will produce in Layer Panel just rename it as “Stars”.
Step 4: Add Noise on the Stars Layer
In our 4th step add the noise on the stars layer, for this determination go to Filter -> Noise -> Add Noise. A new window will open here put the values as Amount 200%, Distribution Gaussian and check Monochromatic.
You will see the Star layer will be filled with noise dots.
Step 5: Make Noise Gaussian Blur
After adding the noise, now go to Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur. A new window will appear, here adjust the values as Radius 0.5 Pixels.
You will see the noise will become little bit blur.
Step 6: Make Adjustment of Levels for Noise
Now go to Image -> Adjustment -> Levels or key down the command Ctrl + L. In Levels window set the values as Preset Custom, Channel RGB, Input levels 211, 1.00, 255 and Output levels 10, 255. For more level adjustment see this https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/levels-adjustment.html.
Step 7: Create Quick Mask and Adjust Color Range
Now click on the Quick mask icon in a blow of Layer Panel. Then do double-click on the mask layer and set density 80%, select the option Color Range. Here in new window adjust the Localized Color Cluster and Fuzziness 200 and click on Ok button. More about quick mask see this http://www.photoshophelps.com/2015/09/01/photoshop-tutorials-clean-face-freckles-with-mask-approach/.
Finally, we have learned to make a twinkling effect of stars in Photoshop. I hope you will understand this easiest tutorial and will do practice work at your end.
In the end, I conclude that it is so easy to make a twinkling effect of stars in Photoshop. We have discussed 7 steps to complete this work. First of all opened a night view city image from a computer. Made the copy layer and separated the sky area by Quick Selection Tool. Added Noise and Gaussian Blur then set the color range. Enjoy this amazing Photoshop tutorial and do practice at your end.