The night sky is a beautiful and mysterious place. It can be a source of wonder and inspiration to many people, but it is also full of light pollution. To enjoy the sky in its natural state, you need to find a good place without a lot of light pollution and spend some time there.
There are few things as peaceful as being outside at night, looking up at a starry sky. But it can be challenging to capture that pristine, starry sky using your camera. A lot of competing lights in the surrounding area can throw off your exposure, and with our planet constantly spinning, it can be difficult to keep a steady focus on the stars.
Fortunately, there are ways to make your own starry sky with just a few simple supplies. It may take some time, but it’s well worth the effort.
How to Create a Starry Sky in Photoshop
When you want a starry sky, but don’t have the resources to do it with real-world stars, Photoshop is your friend. You can create stars of all shapes and sizes, with a variety of effects.
You can add a glow and color to your stars, and you can even blend them with other images. This is a great way to get a realistic starry sky on your photos, or even your designs.
How to Use a Star Wheel (Parts 1 and 2)
To create a Star Wheel, you’ll need two parts: the sky map and outer sleeve. You can download these free from CG Boost, or you can print them yourself. Once printed, you’ll need to cut them out and assemble them.
The first step is to display or download the two parts for your star wheel, a circular sky map and an outer sleeve. This will allow you to see what the starwheel will look like in your finished room. If your computer can’t display the PDF file, you’ll need to install the Adobe Reader.
Next, you’ll need to calculate how many star points per square meter you will have on your board, and which diameter (if you have a mixed-diameter kit) you need to choose. We usually recommend 50 to 100 fibres per square meter, but you’ll need to calculate this depending on your design and the size of your panel.
Once you’ve calculated the number of star points, you can buy a star ceiling kit that fits your needs. Stellar Lighting’s range of kits are easy to install, and they’re available in a wide array of colors.
How to Make a Starry Sky in Blender
Martin Klekner, a CG Artist and Instructor, has uploaded a new video that shows you how to create a starry dome in Blender. This dome is a perfect backdrop for any night scene, and it’s very simple to set up in Blender.
After the dome is set up, you can begin sculpting the stars, placing the moon and adding clouds that will help to complete the look. This is a fun project to do with your kids, or as an adult with some artistic flair.