In this video tutorial we will learn how to create a star trail image using Adobe bridge and Photoshop software’s.
Adobe Bridge is one of the best software’s for photo and video browsing that allows you to efficiently browse, organize, preview, and batch process your files.
You can easily open the photographs from Adobe Bridge into camera raw or adobe Photoshop.
When it comes to stacking
star trail images Photoshop
gives you precise control over editing the multiple star trail images.
After importing the RAW files of star trail images you should do the basic retouch in Adobe Lightroom, then export the files as JPEG and import them in Photoshop using Adobe Bridge.
Watch our video tutorial on basic retouch of star trail images in Adobe Lightroom here.
Photoshop has a beautiful module called layers, layers are like stacked sheets. You can see through transparent areas of a layer to the layers below.
You can also control the opacity of a layer to make photographs partially transparent. Once you select the images in Adobe Bridge and load them into Photoshop each image will be loaded as a separate layer in the layers panel on the left.
Photoshop has multiple blending mode options :
Normal, Dissolve, Darken, Multiply, Lighten, Linear Dodge, Difference, Hue, Saturation, Colour, Luminosity, Lighter Colour, and Darker Colour blending modes.
We will use lighten blending mode for stacking star trail images.
First select all the images in the layers panel and now just change the blending mode to Lighten, the stacked star trail image result will be visible.
Lighten blending mode looks at the colour information in each channel and selects the lighter colour.
Pixels darker than the blend colour are replaced, and pixels lighter than the blend colour do not change, this is how we are able to see the beautiful colours in the final star trail image using this blending mode.
In the final star trail image we have multiple aeroplane trails; we have shared a trick to remove the aeroplane trails in the above video.
The main advantage of using Photoshop over free software’s like startrails.de and starstax is that you have multiple retouch adjustment options like colours, contrast, exposure and much more after stacking all the
star trail images.
Adobe Bridge and Photoshop is one of the best combinations to create star trail images. Have fun post processing your star trail images, for more subscribe to our YouTube channel.