How to Create a Starry Night Scene in Photoshop

Step 12

I duplicated the starry-1 layer to add more stars on the left side of the sky.

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Add the Shooting Star

Step 13

For the shooting star I used the lens flare pack. Open up the lens flare pack and choose optical_26 lens flare image and add it to main document. Rotate it using Transform Tool and change its blending mode to Screen.

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Step 14

Using Hue/Saturation adjustment layer I changed the color of the star. You can see the settings below :

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Results:

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Step 14

Hit CTRL + SHIFT + N to create a new layer and set the foreground color to #161231. Use a soft round brush to paint lights on the sky to brighten it as it looks too dark.

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Set the blending mode to Screen and lower the opacity to 46%

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Step 15

Get back to lake layer and lower the brightness using Curves adjustment layer.

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Results:

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Create the Light Effects

Step 16

Create a new layer and set the foreground color to #9a5824. Using a soft round brush paint the light as shown below.

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Change the blending mode to Linear Dodge 100%.

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Final Adjustments

Step 17

Make a Gradient Map adjustment layer on top of all layers. Choose the gradient color flow from #091d2c to #5e451a.

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Set the blending mode to Color Dodge 100%.

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Step 18

I use a Curves adjustment layer to add more green color tones to scene using Green Channel.

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I used another Curves adjustment layer to lower the brightness of the whole scene.

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On the layer mask of this Curves, I masked the effect on the red highlighted area using soft round black brush and keep the dark effect on the rest of the parts.

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Results so far:

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Step 19

Create a new layer and use the color #4b2c0f and paint the light reflection on the trees and wherever you think that these parts are going to illuminated by the lights. Always use soft round brush for painting lights.

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Change the blending mode to Color Dodge and lower the opacity to 36%.

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Step 20

Use the Vibrance adjustment layer to reduce the vibrance.

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On the layer mask of this, I masked the effect on the highlighted area using the soft-medium black brush.

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Step 21

Using Selective Color adjustment layer I reduced the yellow colors from the scene as I wanted different colors. Using Color Balance adjustment layer I introduced new colors to scene. You can see the settings below.

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Results:

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Step 22

Finally, I adjusted the contrast of whole scene using Levels adjustment layer. Using Selective Color adjustment layer I added dark blue tones.

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Final Results:

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Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and let me know if you need any help. Sorry for the late update as I am busy with my exams. Happy Photoshopping Day!!

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