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Dec 30, 2011 13:12 |  #1

Earlier this afternoon I shared something on G+ and then I got to thinking that maybe some people here might also be interested in. It's a method of creating Star trail pictures using Photoshop to get the fading comet like trails rather than the plain looking trails.
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Dec 30, 2011 17:06 |  #2

Thanks, tried this and came up with this. First attempt doing anything like this.

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Dec 30, 2011 17:16 |  #3

That came out real nice. How many shots did you use?


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Dec 30, 2011 17:40 |  #4

Thanks. I used 50, and the opacity at about 2% each layer, because when I shot the whole sequence the interval really didn't show the stars moving that much, so I figured I would use more to get more trail.


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Dec 30, 2011 19:00 |  #5

SCMatt wrote in post #13622305 (external link)
Thanks. I used 50, and the opacity at about 2% each layer, because when I shot the whole sequence the interval really didn't show the stars moving that much, so I figured I would use more to get more trail.

50 looks like it was the perfect number in this picture because it turned out great.
I've added star spikes in a couple of mine to give them a little extra pizzazz, but that doesn't always look good with all of them..


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Dec 31, 2011 15:02 |  #6

Great tip there, Tim. Thanks for sharing. I'll have to give that a go some time.

Personally, I think the star spikes would definitely not look right on trailing images, but that's just me. I do like the different effect/look of the comet tails, though.


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Jan 03, 2012 21:20 |  #7

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50 photos layered in Elements 9. Layer set to lighten and then opacity starts at 2% at the top on down to 100% at the bottom. Only my second image posted on here and my first attempt at star trail. Thanks for the tip Tim.

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Jan 04, 2012 01:33 |  #8

And fireworks to boot! Well done!


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