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★ Owner: Kayla
★ Opened: 06/09/17
★ Program: Photoshop CC 2020
★ Version: 13
★ Started Sw: 2005ish
★ Host: Myself
★ Credits: x
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stars v1

This tutorial was revamped from starkles v4. You can use this tutorial for ANY brush, not just stars!

What you'll need:
♥ A gradient
♥ A brush

You'll be making something like:

The Steps

1. Click on the brush tool. Create a new layer. Place the brush where you want it. I strongly suggest using a black color now so you can easily see where you are placing the brush. You WILL be able to change the color of it later so don't panic that it's black right now lol.

Hold in CTRL (control) on your keyboard and click the layers thumbnail

The layer should be selected now, so youll see these moving lines.

2. Click "Layer >> New Fill Layer >> Solid Color >> OK" and choose your color. Delete the original layer. You should have just the fill layer with the stars on it now.

3. Hold in CTRL and click on the layers thumbnail (like you did in step 1).
Click "Layer >> New Fill Layer >> Gradient >> OK" and choose your gradient.
Make the angle 90 or -90. I'm making mine match my skull outline! Drag the gradient layer under the other layer.

Click on the Move Tool. Click on the gradient layer and move it down 2 times and to the right 0-2 times (it literally depends on the brush so choose what looks best to you). I moved mine right 2 and down 2
I have this now.

4. Duplicate the gradient layer (Layer >> Duplicate Layer >> OK).

On the MIDDLE layer, click "Filter >> Noise >> Add Noise >> Rasterize (if rasterize pops up)" and match your settings to mine.

I have this now

If you want you can stop here. If not than continue.

the blur effect

1. Click on the bottom layer. You can either do a radial blur or a motion blur.
This legit will depend on the brush you're using. Some brushes look better depending on which blur you do.
Click "Filter >> Blur >> Motion OR Radial blur (choose one!)" and rasterize it if you need to.
Here are the settings I'm using for radial and motion. You can use whatever settings you want, but be careful you don't over do it.

Sometimes you might need to duplicate the gradient layer to see it a little more. Some brushes end up with a light af blur so a duplicate helps. I will not be duplicating mine for this though.

Took off the vector to show you the difference easier.

♥ Brush by Mika @Nakedly
♥ Cutout & Pattern by Jen @Vanilla-Rose