Published on May 14, 2023

Create an abstract sunburst effect in Photoshop

In this blog I will show you how to create an abstract sunburst effect in Adobe Photoshop!

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Step 1: Preparations

Create a new square file with a white background. It doesn’t matter what size the file is, as long as it’s square.

Then navigate to ‘View > Guides > New guide layout‘. Create 20 columns.

Guide layout

Then select the rectangular marquee tool. Select the first, third, fifth, seventh, etc. area between the guidelines.

Select lines

If all the lines are selected, select the paint bucket tool. Make the foreground color black. Then click on one of the selected lines to make all of them black.

Paint lines

Press CTRL+D to deselect. We won’t need the guidelines anymore. If you want to make them invisible, press CTRL+;.

Step 2: Abstract sunburst effect

Navigate to ‘Filter > Distort > Polar coordinates‘. Then select ‘rectangular to polar‘.

Polar coordinates

You have created the abstract sunburst effect now! In the next step I’ll show you how to change the colors.

Step 3: Change colors

To change the colors of the sunburst effect, create a gradient map layer.

Gradient map

Click on the gradient to adjust the colors. You’ll see a black to white gradient first.

To change the color of the black stripes, change the color of the black color stop. To change the color of the white stripes, adjust the white stop.

Gradient editor

And that’s how you create an abstract sunburst effect in Adobe Photoshop!

Abstract sunburst effect

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