Add extra sparkle to your photos with star brushes.

From painting a night sky to adding bokeh or light effects to a photo, star brushes are a versatile editing tool. Learn how to use these different brushes to create work that shines.

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Create luminous images with star brushes in Adobe Photoshop.

Bring nighttime to life in illustrations and photos with enhancements made by star brushes and star brush sets. With Photoshop, you can keep people stargazing at your work.
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Build your own field of stars.

Whether you’re making a starry night, a spread of nebulas, or just your average star dust, Photoshop has brushes to build any starscape.

Dazzle with lens flares and light rays.

Add scattered light, flares, and rays to your photos and artwork. Generate dazzling effects in a flash.

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Blur with bokeh effects.

The star brush is one of the best ways to create artificial blur and bokeh effects. It’s easy to make dramatic and startling juxtapositions.

Share the spectacle.

If you create a gorgeous star field brush, don’t keep it to yourself. Share your creations with others as a single brush or brush pack.

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How to create a custom star brush.

Creating star brushes is easy. Here’s how to make one in four steps:

  • Set it:
    Select the Brush tool and open brush presets, setting your brush to 500x500 pixels.
  • Change it:
    Change foreground color to black, background color to white, and hardness to 60%.
  • Define it:
    Select Edit › Define Brush Preset › Name Brush, to give your brush a name.
  • Save it:
    Save the brush for later use, or export it for others to use.


Learn to make stars, blurs, and other brush effects.

Enhance your night sky with awe-inspiring star brushes, custom shapes, and effects. These templates and tutorials will have you making stardust and sparkle brushes in moments.
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Spatter and star brushes.

Download dozens of brushes free with an Adobe Creative Cloud account to create a wild array of star, glow, and spatter effects.

Try out the brushes

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Import and export star Photoshop brushes.

Learn to create or import high-resolution effect brushes and star lights and export them in moments.

Learn to import and export

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Create bokeh and blur.

Learn how you can use star brushes as effective blur and bokeh creation tools.

Bring beautiful blur to your images

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Learn to use layers.

For more complex brush effects, layers are an important tool. Learn how they can be a part of your editing process.

Enhance your work with layers