Here is a useful trick for selectively placing stars or light sources in Topaz Star Effects. This application will allow you to have the freedom to place the ‘light’ wherever you want within the application. Normally when a photo is brought into Star Effects, a brushed on white spot or naturally occurring light source cannot be changed or moved around once it is applied. This tutorial will allow you to create a star that can easily be placed anywhere in the image!
by Robyn Aber
The digital photo-realist artist Bert Monroy claims that he repurposes his ‘bad’ photos by compositing them using creative techniques. Inspired by this, I decided to try his approach (without his expertise, of course…).
The before shown below is a very bad shot with a low res point & shoot from an alleyway in Barcelona.