Starbursts/sunbursts have always looked cool to me. It probably stems from my affinity for all things Japanese, but they’re just so fun to make and use and look at. In this tutorial I’ve included about a billion different ways (or four) of making starbursts in Photoshop – each looking a bit different than the other.
So flip a coin, roll a die, or hope for divine intervention, and pick your path so we can get started already!
The Easy Way
By far the simplest way to create a Starburst. You might be out of luck if you don’t have Photoshop CS or higher.
Make a new document – you’d probably want a square. Mine was 400×400px. Select the Custom Shape Tool.
Load Symbols and select the Registration Target Shape.
Place it on your canvas. Hold down Shift to prevent distortion.
You might have to scale it up a bit if you don’t want the circular border. Hold down Shift and Alt while scaling to keep it in proportion and centered.
And here I’ve added a background colour and a radial gradient to the starburst in Blending Options. And we’re done! Told you it was easy.
Looks slick, right? But maybe you don’t want a starburst made of three dozen paper-thin lines. Head on over to the next page to learn how to make a ‘thicker’, simpler starburst by altering a flower shape.