Click on thumbnailed images to enlarge

open your picture and make sure it's light. it turns out better that way.

here's mine:

go to image>adjustments>gradient map.

click the little arrow on the right side next to the gradient. then click the other little arrow on the right side and click "Pastels." Click OK.

Pick the gradient "Green, Yellow, Orange." Check the "Reverse" box.

Your picture should look like this:

Go to edit>fade gradient map and set it to hard light. Mine is at 74% opacity, but do whatever looks best.
Here's mine:

Now back to the gradient map thing, click the arrows and choose "Simple" this time.
Pick the "Purple." Check the "Reverse" box.
Edit>fade gradient map to darken.

Duplicate your picture and set it to soft light.

And there's your stellar photo!

Some more examples of the same process:

Tutorial Comments

Showing latest 10 of 18 comments

I love this. It's like antique + lomography for some images :D

By emileeexhale on May 11, 2010 11:38 pm

Thank you! This is great!! adding to mems! ♥

By naythan82 on Feb 6, 2010 3:49 am


By conflictingreflections on Dec 9, 2009 2:58 pm

thank youu
i love the effect!

By caarlo5 on Sep 3, 2009 4:04 am

This is pretty awesome. Thanks. (:,'

By PaigeTurner on Jul 11, 2009 11:00 pm

niiiiiiice =]

By kimt08 on Jul 9, 2009 12:04 am

OMFG!! This tutorial is BEAST!!! Thank you soo much for sharing it (:

By explicit715 on Jul 3, 2009 2:28 pm


By forgetit on Jun 12, 2009 2:50 pm

Beautiful, love it :)

By KylieKARNIVORE on May 30, 2009 10:54 pm

Yay! Someone finally did a Tutorial on this. (;

By ntv13 on May 28, 2009 11:46 pm
View all »

Tutorial Details

Author foundry View profile
Submitted on May 21, 2009
Page views 20,617
Favorites 169
Comments 18
Reviewer schizo View profile
Approved on May 21, 2009

Tutorial Tags