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Star Diffusion Photoshop Tutorial

Star Diffusion Photoshop Tutorial

Step 1: Open a photo into Photoshop

Begin by opening a photo into Photoshop. To do this, choose File> Open, browse for the file, and click OK.

Step 2: Create a duplicate of the layer

Press Ctrl+J or choose Layer> Duplicate Layer to create a duplicate of the Background layer. You should now have a new layer. Double-click on the text of this layer and you will be able to edit the layer name. Name this layer Star Diffusion.

Step 3: Add a layer mask

Add a layer mask to the Star Diffusion layer by clicking on the Add Layer Mask button in the Layers pallet or by choosing Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal All. You should now have a white thumbnail beside the layer mask.

Step 4: Create a copy of the image as a layer mask

After you change the layer name, the layer mask will be deselected. Before we continue, click on the layer mask thumbnail in the Layer pallet to activate it. It should have a white border around the thumbnail indicating that it has been selected. With the layer mask selected, choose Image> Apply Image. In the Apply Image tool, simply click OK to use the default settings. The layer mask should now have a copy of the image.