Figure 8.17. The Emboss filter gives the star a 3D texture.

8. Although you can use the star shape as-is, you may want to rotate it 45 degrees (Edit > Transform >

Rotate), and reduce it to a size more appropriate to the object you'll be adding cross-stars to. (Use Edit > Transform > Resize.)

Create A Star-Shaped Brush

You can also create a brush shaped like the star you just created. Select it with the Lasso tool, choose Edit > Define Brush, and give the new brush a name. Henceforth, anytime you want to add this star to an image, use the brush you just made.

9. Copy the star and apply it to several places on your image in a separate transparent layer.

10. Choose the Color Dodge mode for this transparent layer from the Layer Palette, as you can see in Figure 8.18.

Figure 8.18. Use Color Dodge mode to merge the star layer with the rest of the image.

Figure 8.18. Use Color Dodge mode to merge the star layer with the rest of the image.

11. Use Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast to make the star as bright or as dark as you want for your particular image.

12. With the star layer still active, choose Filter > Blur More. This enhances the blurry star effect. Your finished

Figure 8.19. The finished image with artificial "stars" looks like this.

Figure 8.19. The finished image with artificial "stars" looks like this.

Split Filter

Split filters are nothing more than glass filters divided into two halves, each a different color. You see these used a lot in still photography to give the sky and ground an eerie look, and cinematographers use them extensively to create a moody atmosphere. Creating your own split filter in Photoshop is easy. Just follow these steps.

1. In a new, empty document create two transparent layers.

2. Choose the Gradient tool from the Tool Palette.

3. Select Linear Gradient from the Option bar, and choose the Foreground to Transparent gradient from the drop-down list, as shown in Figure 8.20.

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Adobe Photoshop can be a complex tool only because you can do so much with it, however for in this video series, we're going to keep it as simple as possible. In fact, in this video you'll see an overview of the few tools and Adobe Photoshop features we will use. When you see this video, you'll see how you can do so much with so few features, but you'll learn how to use them in depth in the future videos.

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