by September 6, 2007 0 comments

Scanned images and those taken with digital cameras, need a lot of color
correction before they can be put to any meaningful use such as publishing in a
magazine or on a Web page. Giving lighting effects to an image reduces the
efforts for color adjustment. Moreover, the variation in color does not remain
noticeable, especially in case of dark images. So, photographers or image
editors use special lighting effects to suppress problematic areas in images.
Glinting Starburst Effect in Photoshop is one such lighting effect that lets you
hide odd color variations in a single image.

For creating the Starburst Effect, you need to use only a few tools such as
Line, Marquee, and one or two Blur filters. This effect is best suited for
evening party pictures, birthday party images, candle light dinner images and
images with a dark background.

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Applies To: Designers
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This image is a little dark,
especially the background portion. To make it bright and attractive, we
shall put glints of light on the black, round boxes on the wall
Create a new document of
approximately 200-300 pixels. Fill the background with any dark color, say
black. This would ensure that glints of light are clearly visible


Select and hold the rectangle tool for a while. Now, in the
pop-up window, select the Line tool. In the Option bar on top, set the line
weight as two pixels
Put one cm wide guidelines on both sides and draw a one cm
wide, white line inside them. Select >Filter >Blur >Motion Blur and set the
distance angle between 60—90 pixels


Duplicate the layer with the
line and rotate this layer. Select Edit >Transform>Rotate option to
transform the selected area to a square. Rotate the square by 90 degrees
Select and merge both layers.
Now, duplicate this merged layer. Select the new layer and go to Edit
>Transform >Rotate to rotate it by 45 degrees; make it smaller by 50 percent


To add a Lens Flare filter,
create a new layer and select the elliptical Marquee tool from the tool box.
Select the Starburst Effect and then select >Edit >Stroke
Now go to >Filter >Blur
>Gaussian Blur to soften the lens effect. Here we used one pixel radius. You
can increase the radius to 3 pixels depending on the size of your final


Select all layers except the
background and merge them.Select the layer one, and copy-paste the layer to
the final image. Adjust the Starburst Effect as per background
Copy the layer one and paste it
to each box in the background. Select background and make shadow/highlight
and brightness/contrast adjustments. Your image is now ready

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