Digital Star Effect Photoshop Tutorial


Creating the Dots – Part One

First, we’ll transform a photo into a series of circles. This is done by combining several filters.

Step 1

Open an image to edit.

Image from iStockPhoto.com


Step 2

Duplicate the layer (Layer> Duplicate Layer or Ctrl+J).

A layer duplicated in the Layers pallet.


Step 3

Select the new layer and apply a Mosaic filter (Filter> Pixelate> Mosaic) with a Cell Size of 8 square.

Applying a Mosaic filter.


Step 4

Apply a Find Edges filter (Filter> Stylize> Find Edges).

Result of the Find Edges filter.


Step 5

Apply a Median filter (Filter> Noise> Median) with a Radius of 2 pixels.

The Median Photoshop filter.


Step 6

To reduce the size of the dots, we’ll use the Maximum filter (Filter> Other> Maximum) to enlarge the white areas. Use a Radius of 1 pixel.

Using the Maximum Photoshop filter.


Step 7

Invert (Image> Adjustments> Invert or Ctrl+I).

The thumbnail in the layers pallet should turn from white to black.