CoffeeShop Sunburst Brushes and Tutorial: Part 1



I love photos with beautiful sun rays/lens flare and get excited when I can capture them in-camera (above).  However, sometimes you want to have the artistic license to add them to your photo later in the editing process.  I wrote my Sun Kissed action using the lens flare option in Photoshop, but I really also wanted the option to manually add my own sunburst with a Photoshop brush.

Like usual, I prefer to create my own brush and then share it to you so you can use it in your own editing.  So I googled and found this little video that I followed to create two Photoshop brushes.

Download the zipped file to your desktop and then unzip it.  Right click on the brush file (abr) and then click on "Open with" and open it in Photoshop or PSE.  If you want to install it permanently in PSE then go to Edit, Preset Manager.  Then Load the actions and click on Done (see screenshot below).


To use the brush (I will have screenshots on my next post), add a new layer over your image.  Select your brush color and brush the sunburst brush on your image.  Free Transform it to fit your image and then slightly  gaussian blur to make it more realistic.  You can use a white brush and put it in screen mode and adjust opacity or use a color.

I used the first brush to create the edit below (mouse over to see the before image).  Today I am posting the download for the free brushes and next post will be a step-by-step tutorial how I edited this image.  Please stop by tomorrow!


Download the free CoffeeShop Sunburst Brushes! You can also download them here.

Do you want to download my favorite CoffeeShop Actions or Design Elements in one convenient zipped file AND help support this blog? Just click here for my action pack or here for a download of some of my most popular design elements, storyboards, and textures.

31 Comments:

Leesa August 7, 2012 at 9:59 AM  

I love the sunBurst I cannot wait to use this

taylor August 7, 2012 at 10:40 AM  

i have been scouring the internet for something like this for a while now. THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking the time to share this!!!!! You have no idea how excited I am!

Anonymous August 7, 2012 at 11:19 AM  

I downloaded the sunburst zip file and followed you instructions: Download the zipped file to your desktop and then unzip it. Right click on the brush file (abr) and then click on "Open with" and open it in Photoshop or PSE.
When I do this nothing happens/opens in PSE10? I have so many of your actions downloaded. I dont understand what Im doing wrong? Also ... the link to the video states the app is currently unavailable?

Samantha August 7, 2012 at 11:22 AM  

I love your website! Thank you, thank for everything you do.

I tried loading the brush, but it says it's not compatible with my version of photoshop. I have CS2. :(

Rita August 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM  

Anonymous, this is not an action, it is a brush set! After loading it check your brushes, it should be there. If it isn't just restart PSE.

Samantha, are you loading this as a brush and not an action? It works in CS5 and I think it should work in all versions of CS. Make sure you are using it as a brush. R

shelly August 7, 2012 at 12:18 PM  

Thanks so much for this. Can't wait to use it.

Sabrina August 7, 2012 at 2:30 PM  

Thanks so very much! Will be great fun to use!

Rita August 7, 2012 at 3:41 PM  

I think these brushes should work in CS2 and up. And I just added a screenshot how to open them in PSE. R

Im.HeartGem August 8, 2012 at 7:02 AM  

Oh I'm so excited to try these brushes!!! Thank you for sharing so generously.

CBH August 8, 2012 at 7:29 AM  

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies (please, notice the new url for my blog), under the Page 3 post on Aug. 08, 2012. Thanks again.

CBH August 8, 2012 at 7:31 AM  

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies (please, notice the new url for my blog), under the Page 4 post on Aug. 08, 2012. Thanks again.

Julie E. August 9, 2012 at 7:09 AM  

Thanks for sharing!

Jill Wellington August 9, 2012 at 8:07 PM  

These are so, so awesome, Rita! Thanks for all you share to help others!!!!

Astrea August 10, 2012 at 12:23 AM  

Thank you for sharing!

Dee August 10, 2012 at 9:57 AM  

Thank you, Rita - you ROCK!

Lavender Lime Photography August 10, 2012 at 2:45 PM  

Thank you so much for sharing your talents! Much appreciated and I can't wait to try them out!

Suzanne Buckles August 10, 2012 at 2:49 PM  

Thank you Rita! These look awesome and I SO appreciate the step by step instruction also!

dborato August 11, 2012 at 4:26 PM  

Hi Rita, I as well can not load my sunburst brushes into PSE 7. Error comes up saying can not load due to program error. What should I do now. I did restart PSE

Rita August 11, 2012 at 7:35 PM  

I think these brushes should work in PSE7 so I would try to reload them following my instructions. Remember, they are not actions!

Heather August 12, 2012 at 3:11 PM  

Thank you so much for sharing! I am using PSE8, have tried three times following your directions and he brushes are not showing up? any idea how I might be goofing this up?

Rita August 13, 2012 at 9:19 PM  

Heather, I don't know! Have you loaded brushes before? You might try googling???

Rita August 13, 2012 at 9:19 PM  

Heather, I don't know! Have you loaded brushes before? You might try googling???

Jill Wellington October 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM  

Rita, these are AWESOME! I appreciate you so much!

Lena / AngelBitch October 19, 2012 at 7:32 PM  

This looks awesome.. Thank you so mutch for sharing. I really looking forward to trying them out.

Dianne Hill February 20, 2013 at 1:06 PM  

Gorgeous blog! Thank you for the brushes! It's exactly the effect I was looking for! (said student in final semester of BS program for Graphic & Web design, mother of two boys and also home schooler!!) >.<

Kay Jeffers July 6, 2013 at 1:45 AM  

thank you!

kayc August 1, 2013 at 7:19 PM  

Is there suppose to be more than one brush? When I downloaded it I kept getting only one eventhough it says brushes on the file.

Rita August 4, 2013 at 1:23 PM  

kayc, just restart Photoshop and they will all be there. :-) Rita

Anonymous October 20, 2013 at 1:49 PM  

Question- why am i getting a faint "square" outline surrounding sunburst when i use this brush? im sure its something really simple and stupid Im overlooking here! Please help : ) Thanks!

Rita October 21, 2013 at 1:46 PM  

Just use a soft eraser to remove the edges, they happened when I made the brush. :-)

lemondedis November 17, 2013 at 10:19 PM  

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