Corey stumbled upon this effect while experimenting with the smudge tool and its finger painting feature. Start off by going back to his starry background tutorial and follow along from there.



  1. Josh 2 August, 2008 at 04:05 Reply

    You’ve given me some really usefull effects and uses of tools that have inspired me.
    It’s really great seeing how you can bring several of your tutorials together.
    I wouldn’t have been able to do half the stuff I can without these tutorials !

  2. FISH 4 August, 2008 at 12:27 Reply


    I’ve been watching you grow since you joined the Photo Shop Guys. You are one cool cat with lots of neat tricks ‘n treats !

    You never stop amazing me. Keep up all the great work here and on Layers, and everything else you do.

  3. Peth 4 August, 2008 at 13:30 Reply

    Corey… I have seen some tutorials in my time but that was probably one of the best.

    A very cool finished product!

    Awesome 🙂

  4. Rafael 4 August, 2008 at 17:31 Reply


    My wife makes fun of me for how often I tell her how cool you are. The way you apply ‘found’ techniques is really unbelievable sometimes.

    Thanks for making me a better designer.

  5. Flogsta Karl 13 August, 2008 at 14:11 Reply

    Thanks for the great tutorial.

    One quick question, can you change the colour of the MOVIE PRIME (Lens Flare)? Let’s say from this blue to a green?


  6. Márcio Guerra 18 August, 2008 at 23:14 Reply

    Corey, if you wan’t to know what I feel about you and your tutorials… go read the other comments… Just kidding… You and your tutorials rock on and on and on… Well yuo both rock! In this one I learned a tip to copy the layer styles in a faster way, but with your tutorial I also seen some other ways of bringing together tools and creativity! And that deserves a “Phoscar”! The Photoshop kind of an Oscar prize… If there isn’t one, there should be! Eheheheh! Keep it up, I have you on my tabs at IE when it opens every single time, always waiting for new stuff… Just by any chance, can you start using a program that alows us, if you and PlanetPhotoshop don’t mind, to download the video? Or at least create a podcast either for Adobe Media Player or iTunes… I don’t know if there is one, but, there it goes the sugestion…

    See you soon! (Unfortunately just virtually, becausde, besides of the money, Photoshop World is “a world away” from Portugal!)

    Márcio Guerra

    P.s.- Flogsta Karl, I didn’t tried the tutorial by myself, just seen it here, but, from what I seen, if the Lens Flare gives you one new layer, which it seemed, you can, 99% shure, change its color, either with Hue and Saturation and an Adjustment layer, and, in the Adjustment layers, really, any one that implicates color…

  7. Flogsta Karl 19 August, 2008 at 20:50 Reply

    Okay, adding a Adjustment Layer (Hue/Saturation) did kind of the job. But it changed more than I wanted to. But I have to say that I am a beginner and might have done something wrong. I appreciate your help.

  8. Márcio Guerra 21 August, 2008 at 22:43 Reply

    Hi again…

    Flogsta Karl, if you do a old thing, I don’t remember the exact name without opening Photoshop, but, I know the shortcut, and you place the cursor over the line in between the adjustment layer and the layer that it is adjustating (if that is a word!), and press Alt+G or Option+G in the Mac, with cursor over the line, ok? The cursor should turn in to something like two circles, one over another, and then you just apply the layer to the one being adjusted. Pretty easy. To know the exact name go to the menu bar, under layer, and see something with the shortcut that uses a G in it, and you should find it… The name, and the command, in case you are not too sure of what to do. If you go by the shortcut, remember, you need to be between those layers.
    Hope it helped!

    Márcio Guerra

  9. Gary Spedding 23 August, 2008 at 15:51 Reply

    Just saw the U-tube flames version. I agree with you to experiment. Try a brush the length of the document and do something similar to your steps. You can create rolls or sheets for a neat background – even rolled metal by applying gradient layer styles. I was even able to create a swirl of gooey chocolate or caramel by using one of my downloaded brushes. Holding down the shift key between “strokes” alaws you to zig-zag continue the effect.

    Cool stuff!

  10. David Fillis 4 September, 2008 at 11:01 Reply

    I am only learning Photoshop and I am 68, but computer literate. This looks awesome to me and I can’t thank you enough for sharing it with us. I have one problem, which, although may be humourous to some, actually isn’t(!)…..I am very, very hard of hearing through something called Menieres Disease(!)….not catching..LOL….so I can’t hear any instructions! Is there a text version?? I know the obvious answer is ‘no’ but, hey a guy has to try!

  11. nigel 6 September, 2008 at 07:53 Reply

    Wow that’s really cool. Thnx Corey 4 sharing. U saved me with this text effect cause i needed a new idea 4 my college project. U R the #1.

  12. Garret 1 March, 2009 at 22:51 Reply

    Hey i cant find the tutorial that is suppose to come before this one, the starry background tutorial?? A little help please?

  13. Jojo 29 September, 2009 at 23:18 Reply

    Same problem as chris….when i use the gradient tool nothing happens. Doesn’t show the change in the layer window either. Yes i added a layer mask. Please help!!!!!

  14. Emily 9 March, 2011 at 11:55 Reply

    Where is the brush panel? I am new to using photoshop and I can not figure out some of the more simple steps. How do you open it like you did to select the brush type?

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