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Photoshop stars onto the city nightsky

Using this Photoshop tutorial, you can create a star-studded sky on any give night photo and this is how you do it.

 
  Author: NikMan | Version: CC | 29th October 2013 |  
 
 
1.
 

Open a photo with night sky where you want to add some stars to.

I've chosen a night photo of the biggest city of Australia, known as Sydney.

 
 
2.
 

Create a new layer.

 
 
3.
 

In the menu click Edit and choose Fill...

In the Fill dialog window choose Black as Use and click OK.

 
 
4.
 

Your new layer will turn black.

Click more options button of your layers (see picture) and choose Convert to Smart Object.

 
 
5.
 

Doing that you turned on the smart layer, meaning you will be able to adjust the filter settings at any give time, even after applying filters.

In the menu click Filter, Noise and choose Add Noise...

Choose the same settings as I did and click OK.

 
 
6.
 

In the menu click FilterBlur and choose Gaussian Blur...

Choose the same settings as I did and click OK.

 
 
7.
 

As already mentioned Smart Object enables you to adjust the filter settings at any time (see picture).

 
 
8.
 

Click Create new fill or adjustment layer and choose Levels...

 
 
9.
 

Drag the black and the white slider to where the graphs starts and to where it ends (see picture).

 
 
10.
 

Now drag the black slider to the right until you get to see a nice starry sky.

Black slider represents the dark parts, the white slider on the other hand represents the bright/light areas of a photograph.

 
 
11.
 

Click Create new fill or adjustment layer and choose Hue/Saturation...

 
 
12.
 

Enable the Colorize and choose similar settings to mine (see picture).

 
 
13.
 

Select both upper layers, right-click them and choose Create Clipping Mask.

 
 
14.
 

Notice two little arrows pointing down on the two selected layers.

This means all the settings will apply only to layers and not the original image.

 
 
15.
 

No select all the three upper most layers (see picture).

Click more options button of your layers (see picture) and choose New Group from Layers.

 
 
16.
 

Name the new group to anything you want and click OK.

 
 
17.
 

The group you just created contains all the selected layers.

Now hide the group by clicking the eye icon next to it.

 
 
18.
 

Choose Lasso Tool (L for a keyboard shortcut).

 
 
19.
 

Create a selection of the night sky.

 
 
20.
 

Make the group visible again and click Add layer mask.

 
 
21.
 

Set the Blending Mode to Screen (see picture).

 
 
22.
 

Done deal!






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