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How to Create a Starry Night from Scratch with Photoshop

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: This tutorial will show you how to add a star-filled sky to a background. You're generally going to find photographs of nighttime cityscapes lacking stars, so you would have to add stars from scratch in order to enhance these pictures. Open Adobe Photoshop and start with a canvas that has a picture of a downtown city line taken at night. Any photo will do, such as this one. Use the Lasso Tool (such as the Polygonal Lasso Tool) from the side tool bar and mask out the sky. You'll do this by clicking around the outline of the city's buildings and pressing the appropriate icon at the bottom of the Layers panel to create a layer mask. Masking can be a tedious process depending on the photograph, but this will essentially separate the sky from the rest of the city landscape, thereby allowing you to alter the sky. When you've finished that, create a new layer and name it "Stars." Make sure your foreground color is black and select the Paint Bucket Tool from the side tool bar. Fill in this entire new layer with black. Now, navigate to the top menu bar and click Filter -- Noise -- Add Noise. Make sure the Amount is 120% and Distribution is Gaussian before clicking OK.? Then, navigate back to the top menu bar and click Filter -- Blur -- Gaussian Blur. Make sure the Radius is at 0.3 pixels and press OK. Click on Image -- Adjustments -- Levels and increase the amount of black in the image by adjusting the upper slider to the right. Press OK when you're done. Change the Blend Mode of this layer to Screen and move it behind the cityscape layer. This will make your masked out city appear in the foreground with your starry night overhead in the background. Finally, you can make the stars appear slightly more colored by navigating to the top menu bar and clicking Image -- Adjustments -- Hue/Saturation. Feel free to adjust this as necessary on both the starry sky layer and the cityscape layer. You can also adjust the Brightness/Contrast as you see fit and the Opacity of the starry sky layer as well. Read more by visiting our page at:
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