Quick Tip #3: Learn How to Create a Cool Sunburst Effect in Photoshop

Hi guys, I am here with another crisp Photoshop tutorial for you. Today I’ll show you how to create a cool sunburst effect in Photoshop just in 1-2 minutes. It can be used as a beautiful background for your artworks. It looks so cool yet is really easy to achieve in Photoshop. You can further manipulate it in different ways depending upon your designing requirements. So, lets get started.

Details

Program: Photoshop CS 5

Approximate time: 5-10 Minutes

Resources

Grunge Texture by ~killcaiti-stock

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Have a look at our final result first.

sunburst Photo shop tutorial

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Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop with 800px Width and 800px Height.
sunburst Photo shop tutorial.

Step 2

Create a new layer by going to Layer> New layer or click on the icon of ‘Create a new layer’, which is present at the bottom of the layers panel. Set # ff0060 as your foreground color and # fff000 as the background color. Now select the ‘Gradient tool’, click on ‘Linear gradient’ icon from top options bar and simply drag the gradient tool vertically from top central part to the bottom of your canvas to get the gradient as below.
sunburst Photo shop tutorial.

Step 3

Now go to Filter> Distort> Wave. Use the given settings here to get nicely placed strips. You can play around with the settings to get desirable width strips.
sunburst Photo shop tutorial.

sunburst Photo shop tutorial.

Step 4

Now go to Filter> Distort> Polar coordinates. Apply the given settings to get a nice sunburst effect. Simple isn’t it.
sunburst Photo shop tutorial.

sunburst Photo shop tutorial.

Step 5

Now I’ll show you how you can achieve different results from this basic sunburst effect. So, first duplicate the sunburst layer to preserve the original result by going to Layer> Duplicate layer. Now click on the duplicated layer to select it and go to Filter> Distort> Zigzag. Use the given values here.

sunburst Photo shop tutorial.

sunburst Photo shop tutorial.

Step 6

Make another copy of the original sunburst layer and go to Filter> Distort> Twirl . Apply the given settings here.

sunburst Photo shop tutorial.

sunburst Photo shop tutorial.

Step 7

Open the Grunge texture file, Press Ctrl+ A to select it and then press Ctrl+ C to copy the selection. Come back to your document and press Ctrl+ V to paste the texture here. Change the blending mode of texture layer to ‘Linear burn’ and reduce its opacity to 50%. Now duplicate this texture layer and change its blending mode to ‘Soft light’, with 50% opacity.

sunburst Photo shop tutorial.

sunburst Photo shop tutorial.

sunburst Photo shop tutorial

That’s it. Hope you guys had fun learning this beautiful sunburst effect with me. Do try it and share your thoughts. Have fun!

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3 comments

  1. Akiko /

    Very nice tutorial, loved it. results are amazing, thanx a lot for sharing…

  2. Edinéia /

    doing a great job, keep up the work going.

  3. Enedina /

    thank you for posting such a useful website. your weblog happens to be not just informative but also very stimulating too.

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