By Kevin Yank

Screencast: Photoshop Starburst Effect

By Kevin Yank

SitePoint is planning a series of premium video tutorials for web developers. To kick off this effort, and to get some valuable feedback from the community (that’s you), we thought we’d start by giving you all a free dose of Photoshop eye candy!


There are two versions of the video: one with additional text captions for the hearing or audio hardware impaired (or for those who just don’t like my voice).

Screencast: Photoshop Starburst Effect (10:09, no captions)
Screencast: Photoshop Starburst Effect (10:09, captioned)

These videos are optimized for low-grade broadband connections, but patient dial-up viewers can wait and view the video once it has loaded.

Depending on your feedback, we plan for future screencasts to cover all the same technical topics that we cover in other areas of, from down-and-dirty coding tutorials to web design solutions.

Let me stress that your feedback is especially important, here. Screencasts like these take time to produce, and we’d like to see a clear vote of support from our community before we commit to producing them on a regular basis. You can either comment on this blog, make use of our feedback form (put it under Blog Feedback), or drop me a line personally at kevin (at)

Enjoy the freebie — we look forward to hearing from you!

  • malikyte

    I think the panning/zooming of the camera was a great idea and a wonderful touch, but it was a tad over-used. There were times when the camera panned out and zoomed back in to an area only right next to the originally zoomed in area where a simple pan (no zoom) could have been applied instead.

    For something like this, if we’re going to spend 12 minutes watching it, I wouldn’t mind spending more time watching it a bit smoother (and if artistic, a bit more clear). I think you could safely up the frames per second…but perhaps we should hear more comments from users about that.

    When Harry did his Wink tutorial example on AjaxProxy, he did a timed capture. Wink’s best feature is the ability to make mouse movement very smooth – no unnecessary movement. If used in combination with timed capture (if needed, like in his example) the end result is a bit nicer. Although I understand why you used a timed capture in Macromedia’s Captivate (or Adobe’s, I guess) because you used voice (and without voice, you needed some gestures to show what you were doing)…but at times, the mouse movement was unnecessary and probably reduced the compression percentage.

    My timeline did not scroll along automatically with the screencast. I don’t think it’s a problem with the screencast, but probably more likely a setting on my computer. However, due to this, I was unable to click on the link at the end unless I manually moved the timeline scrollbar to the end.

    Oh, and…although personal preference, right clicking on the layer and choosing “Duplicate Layer” is a bit easier and quicker. :) There’s also the shortcut-key and the right-arrow button in the window, but all are much faster to do than Layer – Duplicate Layer (and the last commented two are still viable alternatives to a screencast).

    Since this, I think, was more of a test on comments over the screencast itself rather than the content of the screencast, I’d just like to say that although it’s been blogged about before, you did very nicely, Kevin. Your voice is a bit higher than I had anticipated, but who cares. You spoke clearly, fluently, and you were easy to hear. The volume levels seemed quite adequate.

    I did like the fact that you also used the “show mouse clicks” option. I think that’s a commonly missed option by other tutorials/screencasts that should be incorporated when trying to teach/show someone something.

    Now…as funny as this is, I was offered to create “screencasts” or demos for a software product in exchange for licensing. I basically said “forget it, I’ll do it for free” because it’s easy and fun (and the software has a free version and a pro version, and I don’t need the features of the pro version). While thinking about this, I was thinking about how I told someone just learning HTML to try and find a Visual Learning book…and then I also thought about all the Sitepoint books I own. I put the three thoughts together and wondered if Sitepoint would ever think of mixing the two mediums together. Sell a book with an accompanying DVD (or CD, depending on space requirements) with visual/audio lessons on certain things. It does take planning and thought, but considering how much less time it might take than trying to emphasize your point in examples stylized and typed up with paragraph after paragraph of detailed instructions, not only would it save some effort (which actually still shouldn’t be skipped) but it would garner MUCH more interest in your book line. The ROI for time/money spent would be magnificent.

  • WarpNacelle

    I thought it was excellent. It was clear and easy to follow. I would definatly consider paying for some in the future.

    I also echo the panning/zooming comment above. After a while it made me just a tad dizzy so I would cut down on the frequency of it. I would use it for emphasising important points rather then just for general viewing purposes.

    Great job! Wouldn’t mind evaluating a few more. (hint hint) :D

  • Amit Agarwal

    I think you have produced an amazing Camtasia video.

  • DeafNLoud

    As a deaf user, I applaud the effort made to make a captioned version of the screencast! I truly was able to follow every step with no problems. I did have a problem with the white text at times being used as captioning which was a bit hard to read and the text tended to cover up parts of the tutorial at times where I couldn’t quite see what you were doing.

    I would suggest having the captioning being in a placeholder below the actual screen shot of the program being taught.

    Another grip would is the quality of the video. It was a bit fuzzy to watch but I’m sure this is all due to it being mainly a trial run.

    I think the flow of the program, it’s ease of use and length were very well done.

    I am looking forward to see what other screencasts sitepoint has in mind making. I think that it would also be a great idea to include screencasts to supplement the books as well ( as mentioned in previous post )

    All in all great effort and keep up the great work!

  • You see, this is why we love our readers so much. Honestly folks, how great was that feedback? Thank you malikyte, we’ll take on board everything you’ve said. Keep em coming folks…

  • Chris

    I don’t have speakers at work so getting a video with captions is top idea. keep that!

    I would suggest you put the text on a solid background, since the video does not play as the text is on screen you could maybe do an 80% black background under the white text to make it more clear?

    You really need to up the quality and FPS, it felt kind of cheap and sluggish. If it would have had a 10 mintue loading bar I would have thought it was 1999.

    The part where you made the background a layer (I felt) was more like a “quick tip” and would maybe make more sense if you put it in a bubble or something. I don’t really know but maybe things that could be applied to general photoshop use could be highlighted in some way?

    Video tutorials work very well (look at the 3D community) and if you had some sort of premium membership I would use it to get videos like these. (as long as there not all about Photoshop)

    Good work Kevin and Sitepoint

  • ronanmagee

    Liking it alot – really easy to follow. Can I suggest maybe having additional notes to accompany the video on the theory of why some of these affects need to be applied? Its OK saying that you have to polarise something or merge a layer but ‘Why’ do you have to do it this way?

    I think this would be a great way for explaining the videos in more depth for those of us who want a better understanding.

    Good work all round

  • Francois Hendrickx

    I like it a lot, although the captioned version is very hard to folow, the captioning is barely visible. The effect is very nice, but the pace of the video is quite high. Also, in the user interface, the progess indicator on the bottom does not wok anymore once you wind back the video a little.
    Other than that, great stuff!

  • tezza1980

    I had no problems following the tutorial and am confident that i could follow it through again and actually create my own starburst – and I am relatively inexpereinced when it comes to Photoshop.

    It was well presented, clear and easy to follow. Kevin’s extra comments provided insights into why he chose certain optiond and not others also helped with my overall undertsanding of the effect and Photoshop in general.

    I would certainly consider paying for further screencasts as long as they covered topics that were relevant to me (assuming the price was right of course!).

    If i had paid for that screencast, i may have been slightly disappointed at the overall quality of the sound/visuals, but it wouldnt have caused me any problems with regards to following the instructions.

    Text is dead. Long live screencasts!

  • Was a bit slow, but I suppose for a beginner that’s a good thing. Overall I was pretty happy with it.

  • I don’t have much to add that hasn’t already been said. A great first example, looks promising though the captions do get in the way of what’s going on at times.

    One thing I did note was a tiny little error in the content list on the left side of the video; the second Polar to Rectangular should actually read Rectangular to Polar :)

  • Anonymous

    I think it was an excellent tutorial all round, Maybe Sitepoint could start giving us some free video tutorials on all aspects of Web Design.. Programming / Design / etc etc… Or at least provive affordable cbts. Something to think about I guess.

  • ronanmagee

    Anonymous Says:
    February 24th, 2006 at 9:27 am

    I think it was an excellent tutorial all round, Maybe Sitepoint could start giving us some free video tutorials on all aspects of Web Design.. Programming / Design / etc etc… Or at least provive affordable cbts. Something to think about I guess.

    Agreed – maybe some incentives could be offered to people who have bought books or who buy a book – some free videos or at a reduced rate? Whats the current cost model sitepoint have in mind?

  • Excellent tutorial. I liked the whole concept, altough it was a little too long. I don’t think every options in any window has to be explained.

  • The tutorial itself was good. Even, as others noted, it was a bit slow and didn’t use the fastest way to do some things (using shortcuts, other method to duplicate layers,…), I think any beginner could follow it without any major problem.
    I was, on the other hand, very disappointed by the low video quality (way to low for premium content, IMHO). I would prefer to wait a little longer for the tutorial to load as long as it’s good quality.
    And with the overused panning on top of the poor image, I felt like I was seasick (I’m never seasick, but I assume it’s about the same feeling… ;) ). I would have preferred to see the whole screen all the time, even though it would have made everything a little smaller. There was really no details to be shown, even to beginners, apart maybe when you apply the wind effect. So, OK, one zoom effect to show the wind filter details, and then back to fullscreen. And thus no throwing up!

  • nazpasfred3

    I enjoyed the tutorial, though I don’t have photoshop. I’m not sure, though, of the need of another video tutorial on photoshop since there are other ones, especially the quality of The cost for the tutorials will have to be substantially less in order for them to be competitive. I’d recommend doing tutorials that are based on the books in the Sitepoint library. That may be your goal. If so, great! I’d love to see it. I’d recommend some kind of cost break for those who own the books and such.

    It is a pleasure to see how sitepoint has grown over the years. Thanks for all that you have helped me to understand.

  • Lroger01

    I liked the video. Any issues I had have already been discussed. The only suggestion I have is to provide a printable cheatsheet at the end. This would just have the main steps and settings used to create the effect. Once I’ve watched the video and saw how it’s done, I could use the cheatsheet to jog my memory.

  • Jdawg

    Loved it! I find I don’t have much time or motivation to buy books on effects and other cool tricks. With this, I can have it on while I’m having my lunch break. It was also easy to follow and Kevin Yank’s voice can make a wolverine purrrrr. ;)

  • Paul Huntsberger

    Hi everyone great tutorial – I like what you’ve got – my only critique is that you should make sure in your tutorials that you name your layers. As your tutorials get more complex, keeping your layers named is invaluable. Plus, you can use some of Photoshop’s native automation functions for those who have newer versions of the software. Naming things is just so important…

    Also, I’d do everything by keyboard shortcut, I personally think your viewers will find their work efficiency go through the roof – and even if the turotial is not applicable for their situation, they’ll still have something they can learn. A lot of your instruction could have been condensed with shortcuts – IMHO it’s what separates amateurs from professionals.

    As for the video – well, opinions are like a$$holes – so those people with smoking connections and video cards are going to beg for a high res, while those with dialup and win98 are going to need slower connections – just do both – I’m sure y’all know what your doing :)

    I think the cheatsheet idea rocks.

    I personally think you should divide your tutorial sections into Novice, Intermediate and Advanced, I think this will save a lot of headache dealing with those people who are on different skill levels with Photoshop.

    Thanks a lot for listening I apreciate it greatly!

    Paul Huntsberger
    Technical Coordinator
    Boulder College of Massage Therapy

  • Brian

    Very informative!!

  • Sojan80

    I thought the tutorial was good, although the zoom in / zoom back got in the wa a bit for me. I think the hard part of all of this is figuring out how to categorize them so that they are suited to skill levels.

    If you start doing them on Coding elements, (CSS, Ajax, JavaScript) you could have issues unless you’re clear about things like whether you need to be running PHP or whatever. In fact, one of these tutorials like this on how to set up PHP and MySQL on a windows machine would rock! But just an idea.

    Where I work we do all our development in ASP so a tutorial on Using Ajax in PHP wouldn’t do me much good unless you could keep it at that general level where that might not matter.

    I’d love to see some of these tutorials on the coding side, especially on the hot topics like getting started with Ajax and Ruby or how to set up what you’d need to do start doing Ajax or Ruby…

    That ind of stuff…

  • Sojan80

    If you’re going to be doing this as premium content I’d definitely bump up the frame rates.. but also try to keep it affordable. Are you looking at a per video pricing plan or can you buy like a 30 Day, 90 Day, 6 Month, 1 Year subscription set up?

    Sound quality was also goof for this although I had Kevin pegged as more of a baritone… And hey if you’re looking for more voices to do some script recording for these I know I’d be interested… maybe we could work out a deal for books or t-shirts in lieu of cash… LOL

    Are there any plans to make them available as MPEG 4’s? We could download them onto our video iPod’s then… You know… kind of… “ you can take your tech with you when you’re on the road… Download the latest tutorial at sitepoint today!”

  • operator

    Good tutorial. I really enjoyed the video format, and I’m looking forward to more. Thanks!

  • Tunny3

    Fantastic. I have little idea on things like this, so really appreciated being talked through it. Excellent stuff.

  • Skyrunner

    Neat tutorial.

    Produces a very nice effect.


  • cob

    I love tis format! Keep them coming.

    Neat effect as well.

  • Dannie

    Great tutorial. Need more of em.

  • gguerin

    Hello, Kevin.
    Presentation was very good, tone of voice was just perfect.

    Is there a chance that you could also write an article or explain the process to create this presentation, eg tools used to capture the screen, create the video, synchronize sound and display the result itself in a browser (I specifically like the zooming effect to focus the interest, marking areas, menu on the left)?

    Goog job.

  • hightyde

    Want more! Want more!

  • ldivinag

    very nice…

  • frannyjdoc

    Great tutorial, straight to the point & no fluff.

  • flo


  • Anonymous


    I look forward to the next one.

    Now if I could just find that trial copy off CS2…

  • KPinAF

    Simply Wonderful. My first Photoshop tutorial where my image turned out correctly. Keep em coming.

  • z3phyr

    I liked the tutorial very much. It was easy to follow. Maybe you could have mentioned more shortcuts, like how to duplicate a layer without using the menu and such.

  • Chimere

    I loved the version with the captions i was using a low bandwidth connection in the park and talking with friends but still got a lot because of the video. Will there be any CD versions?

  • meanweaver

    Excellent idea, hope to see many more of these.

  • Anonymous

    Great tutorial. Personally, i felt the speed of the instruction was quicker than most and “perfect.” (Usually I get bored.) I agree that shortcuts tips could have helped. (Who uses the mouse? I HATE using the mouse. Anecdotally, I’ve noticed that “PC” people mouse more than Mac people.) The overuse of zooming also got to me a little. It’s more work but i would have rather chosen whether i wanted hi or lo quality res video. Personally, i’d rather wait and surf while a hi res is downloading. I had to pause and play a couple times to get the buffer to clear itself up. Other than that, nice job. I also thought Kevin’s voice would be a little lower but he still sounds as cute as he looks. ;-)

  • Did not like the effect, but love the video and the whole idea of video tutorials.

    Keep up the good work.

  • Anon

    Brilliant – More Please!!!!!

  • matthijsA

    Very useful. Excellent. For me speed was good, level ok, voice good. Although the quality could be better, it’s nice it’s loading fast. As others have mentioned, if you up the quality some will be happy but others complaining.

    I think that for a photoshop tutorial this concept works very very well. In just 10 minutes you can visualize exactly what’s needed for a certain effect, while this would have taken pages after pages of difficult reading and hard to follow screenshots in a book.

    Therefore the suggestion to add such a thing to a book would be great. The book would be good for the basic explaining and reference, the dvd would be very useful to explain a couple of items.

    I certainly would be willing to pay more for a combi book+dvd then a book alone. Not sure if I would pay to view a single 10 min. screencast. Maybe the best model would be to give away some for free as teasers and then people can view them all on the dvd/book they buy. Just like you do with the books and free chapters. That apperently works, as you guys have made me buy a lot of sitepoint books :)

  • Margaret

    Hi Kevin —

    Great tutorial . . . I learn best with visual AND hard copy to refer to. My only suggestion is to be able to print out or have a pdf to refer to.


  • Chris.

    Great tutorial. Although the pans and zooms increase editing time, they provide a more compelling user experience. I agree that a printable version of the script would be nice. Keep it up.

  • Dan P.

    That was a great tutorial. I really learned a lot. Nice work.

  • Matt S

    Thought it was brilliant. Concise, to the point, and lots of little extras that I also didn’t know about. The format was great as well – being able to concentrate on the screen and work at hand, rather than the presenter, made it much more informative. Great job, well done.

  • Anonymous

    Very good and concise

  • I think that the video tutorials are definitely a good idea. A picture is worth a 1000 words. Likewise, an animation is worth a 1000 pictures. :)

  • Teddy

    A well done tutorial.

  • cyberfish

    This video is way cool — it shows how to do something that isn’t obvious just by pulling down menus and clicking filters! Thanks!

  • Teaman

    Very nicely done, efficiently teaching the steps while showing you… I’d like to see more of these!

  • Phil

    Liked that a lot. Do more.

  • Brian


    Good job! I like video tuts in general and I like the fact that yours is clean, to the point and still manages to say why you are doing stuff – not just doing it and saying “follow me”

  • Johann

    That was a great way to present a tutorial. I really learned a lot more by seeing it done.
    However most people learn best with visual & a hard copy to refer to (could also be kept as reference). It would be good to have a abreviated (short) doc or pdf to print out to refer to.

    Thank you very much.

  • Michael Witt

    I think this is a great offering. This tutorial is really well done. I particularly like the great screen management that it uses. The window is made smaller than the actual size of the screen in the video to help optimize it for web delivery. The view is moved and zoomed appropriately to help the viewer keep on top of what is actually happening when detailed views are needed. This is further accentuated by the red circles that ping out from the cursor whenever a mouse click is executed. Together this really helps with understanding, subtle as it is. Refreshingly, the video once again zooms out when details aren’t needed to allow the viewer a more complete view of the changes that are taking place.
    Some thought is given to making allusions to the future consequences and possible directions of tasks he is performing, particularly when managing layers. Although, I feel there are a few places where it would be important to give more, I think this is one of the best tutorials that I’ve seen in a while. Overall, there are places like that could learn something from this tutorial’s screen management, prefacing techniques, and editing to pay attention to the cursor and actions taken. One standout example of where it would help to have prior information would be in letting us know that we’re switching to polar temporarily to accomplish an effect and will be undoing the polar switch shortly when the task is completed. I think this would greatly enhance the viewer’s ability to comprehend the reason for the switch and remember the procedure for it with their first viewing. Generally, teaching the reasoning behind the actions taken in these type of tutorials helps tremendously. I would like to see more of that in this tutorial to help make it more effective. I would also like to see a short glimpse of what we are shooting for in the end with this tutorial during the introductory explanation. I always find it easier to pay attention to how I get somewhere if I already have an idea of where I’m going.
    Thank you for this well done tutorial. I will definately be coming back.

  • Kevin,

    Excellent tutorial, i love video tutorials and it’s especially neat to see them coming from sitepoint. Having such great books from sitepoint, i would be no surprise to see visual versions of it’s books in video format.

  • realmsurfer

    Really nice tutorial. Well done guys, there’s a reason Sitepoint has a reputation for being on the leading edge. I’d enjoy seeing more of these in the future.

  • casabianca

    Very good video tutorial (managed to get it all on my measly dial up modem). I am not currently a Photoshop user but can see now why I should be.
    I would be very interested in more videos, especially if they are all going to be as clear and easy to follow as this one.

  • wads

    Excellent tutorial, though I must agree with a lot of the other folk here that I would be a good idea to include a DVD or CD with some (or all) of your books.
    I have bought quite a few over the last couple of years and sometimes (even with diagrams) need to be read several times to get it into my old brainbox, where-as a video would show things much clearer.
    As to whether I would purchase premium online content would depend on the cost and the “need” for that particular video.
    All in all I think you have made a great start to something that could make Sitepoint even better than it already is.
    Keep up the good work!!

  • Zero

    Great video up until half way – then it refused to play any more… My system is a fully software-updated Mac OS X 10.3.9 / Safari 1.3.2 v312.5 / Flash

  • vbrown

    Excellent. Liked the use of polar co-ordinates to get the effect.
    I think the pace and detail provided was just right.

  • Michael Witt

    After looking at it again, I realize that I made a mistake when I said

    I would also like to see a short glimpse of what we are shooting for in the end with this tutorial during the introductory explanation.

    Sorry about that. It is there and prominantly displayed. Being new to Sitepoint I just took it for your standard logo.
    But while I’m making a fool of myself I thought I might suggest that you specifically point out that we’re making an image similar to the one being shown for unobservant people like me. Also, I was thinking that it might be helpful to give a visual breakdown of the seperate layers and how they will come together to form the final image during this intro time. You probably wouldn’t even have to say anything about it then; The movement would attract my attention.
    Many comments have been made about the menus and the absence of keyboard shortcuts. There are a number of repeated commands in this tutorial and it might be a good idea to use the alternatives and at least state the keyboard shortcut the second time around. This is assuming the tutorial will be something a viewer can rewatch when they miss something.

  • Kenny_scotia

    Really liked the video. Great idea when time is precious. Only been at my desk 20 mins this morning and learned something already. I would pay for individual video tutorials like this if you made a series of them.

  • Emojo


    As a mere Photoshop dappler, I can only say that your presentation taught me many things apart from “starbursting” that I didn’t know.

    As a former university extension instructor and author, I can say that your manner, tone and clarity are excellent. Friendly, well-paced, continuously informative and easy to follow.

    Overall a four-star performance.



  • Piyush

    Thumbs Up – Cool!!! :)

  • TP

    Oh MAN! That’s beautiful! And such a creative use of the filters and effects! Amazing! I’d love to see more of your magic, Kevin!

  • Carsten

    Super Cool – thankyou

  • Wokus

    Cool! Nice and handy chaptering!

    More of this is welcome!


  • Rick

    Videos are good!

  • Hi Kev,
    That’s the best tutorial style I’ve come across and the lesson was very clear and understandable. I wish I’d had you as my instructor from scratch instead of the moron who assumed that teaching was a waste of time and went out of his way to prove it! Keep up the good work and give us MORE, please!

  • Dave

    Food for thought. Really need to start using the power of PS more..after 9 years ! lol

  • Anonymous

    About the tutorial. For me, as a new software engineer, with not so many years experiance is this tutorial simple fantastisk. Exact was I needed to come further with my web pages. Thank You Site Point

  • Anonymous


  • Dave


  • karen

    Yes, please keep up the videos they are VERY helpful !!!

  • Liviu Turturean

    Excelent video tutorial !

  • Mike, PLymouth UK


    Simple to follow and useful to know – especially working with multiple layers and how they interact for this particular purpose.

    Thank you very much!


  • NAL

    Thanks for a great tutorial – well paced and very clear – easy to follow. Cheers!

  • lily

    Fine tutorial, that leaved me say ‘WHAW’!

  • Linda

    Terrific tutorial! We want more!

  • Steve

    Very nice tutorial, with little touches like this your whole site is becoming one of my most vivted.

    Keep it up, thanks.

  • Daemon Singer

    absolutely brilliant..thanks guys

  • ajrbuddy

    Clear directions and instructions and it is very impressive way to learn the basic as well as advance steps in a short time while watching the true effects.

  • Jobe
  • Chris

    Very straightforward, direct and respectful of my time.
    I learned a few things I didn’t know in the process of the tutorial.
    I’ll waiting in great anticipation for more tuorials.

    Watch out NAPP!

  • em

    excelent tutoral

    keep up the good work.


  • kwastje

    super tutorial / splendid results / a bit fast for me, but i can always look at it again.
    fantastic results ! (how does one find these tricks ??)

  • Don

    The best tutorial I’ve seen to date and as a photoshop instructor I have tried them all. I have been using photoshop since it’s first release and I haven’t seen this creative filter effect. The video is clean and easy to understand and Kevin is a true tutorial genius! I would pay for individual video tutorials like this if you made a series of them.

    Great job Kevin!

  • Anonymous

    A great tutorial clear, and easy to follow.
    Love all your books too. But the video’s WOW you just can’t get any clearer than that! I want more!
    sward :)

  • wuchisan

    What a fantastic tutorial! You have created a clear, concise video model that others should/will try to emulate!

  • jtoddv

    Excellent Job Kevin!

  • Sam

    A previous starburst effect just had me making bars and distorting them until I got the effect. Problem was, I didn’t get the effect I was looking for. This is it!

  • gkane


  • Deb

    Great tutorial. The best part was that you did not assume that we knew where the tools were or how to do something, but showed every step of the way.

  • Brian

    Outstanding and easy!

  • timewarp

    This is great. The instructor was so good. I want more.

  • Jenn

    Please, sir, can I have some more??!

    LOVED the tutorial…am panting at the bit for more of the same!

  • Brandon

    Hey guys, kick ass! I’m a future web developer that’s in school (graphics design), and I take a LOT of online tutorials/courses (text, and video). I really love the side bar feature that shows you what step that you’re covering. That’s extremely helpful and it gives an instant overview of whatever process you’re going to cover. Keep ’em coming, that’s my vote. Sweet deal guys. Take ‘er easy.

  • D

    Great presentation! Thanks for it. Are you going to give more? Are you going to have a CDROM or download subscription available?

    Also I had stuttering of the audio and had to pause and wait for the streaming catch up.

  • Eric Armstrong

    I really enjoyed the video tutorial. Great pace, and a useful trick/tip that I’m sure to use in the future. Thanks.

  • Linda

    This was really great – I can’t wait to try it. Appreciate how each step was shown in the tutorial, and on the side. Great job!

  • LeShoe

    Great tutorial! Clear audio instructions matched with excellent visuals. The visual images extending beyond my 17″ monitor, though, making it hard to follow all the cursor movements. Maybe make screen size a percentage instead of fixed?

  • nniiccoollee

    This tutorial was really well-narrated, and well-produced. As a PhotoShop tutorial nut, I have to say that this was one of the best I’ve seen.

    Thanks! I learned a couple of new tricks!


  • Rita Tenaglia

    Sorry I don´t remember my user name.

    I think this tutorial is GREAT!, I´m going to use the idea.
    Please send more of this kind of tutorials, they´re really helpfull.


  • Anonymous

    Loved it!
    I’m a big fan of online video tutorials and this one was very good.

  • Siafusana

    Great tutorial … always nice to add something to the bag of tricks.


  • Anonymous

    Great stuff. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to the next tutorial.

  • Marlene Ferguson

    Tutorial on starburst effect using Photoshop was EXCELLENT! Please let me know if there are more like this.

    Marlene Ferguson
    kfergus1 -at-

  • Lance

    Excellent! A nice little lesson to get the creatice juices flowing! Interesting techniques, too. *I* would’ve done it differently, buy Kevin’s approach is a bit more elegant. Hence, the kudos!

  • Overall that was quite good. There’s a point about 2/3 of the way through where the menu clicking picks up its pace a bit, that feels like you’re rushing through. The only improvement I can suggest is to review your pacing so it remains more even from start to finish.

    Looking forward to more!

  • 3pm

    Great tutorial, good speed, good screen movement that really allows you to see what your clicking on. Good pace also. Love the chapters on the side so you can go back and watch a certain section again without having to scrub through.

  • Karen Gross

    I’ve been using Photoshop for a long time, but I learned a couple of tricks that were new to me. Thanks!!

  • Olga Kramar

    Wonderful! Learned some great shortcuts and techniques.

  • nat

    This was a really cool tutorial! thanks

  • Anonymous

    Great information and presentation! Would love to see more! One small thing – it’d be helpful to have the length of the presentation noted somewhere on the page – i.e. duration: 16 minutes.

  • gmblack

    Loved it, I would like to see two things (already listed above) printable cheatsheet and duration.

  • ugadarnell

    Some very cool tips and tricks in there. I’ve never used the polar coordinates filter, but I like its effect! This video made it very understandable.

    Was a bit jumpy though, even a little after I let the video fully buffer. But I could still understand it.

  • Gary


    Back when you first gave this tutorial, I was able to successfully use the effect on a job. I would not have been able to travel out to the Polar Coordinates and back safely without this instruction. The teaching style in this video is very good.

    The graphics are fuzzy in the video. The sound stuttered when I raised/lowered the volume. I also experienced stuttering when I dragged the video’s “progress marker”.

    I viewed it in Safari, on a Mac G4, 867 MHz, OS X 10.4.5, broadband cable connection.

    Thanks much for the very useful teaching.

  • DougB

    I like it, very cool Kevin, nicely presented…I’m going to use this effect the next chance I get. I’d love to see more just like this one in the future on SitePoint, my favorite site design forum…


  • iceladey

    Great tutorial! Clean, easy to follow and duplicate. Keep up the good work.

  • Nick

    The great thing about this video was that I not only learned how to do this effect and use the tools to accomplish it, but I also learned other simple things along the way. For example, holding CTRL and selecting the thumbnail. There were a variety of techniques that I picked up along the way that you don’t neccessarily get from a written guide.

    Nice work.

  • steve

    At my current job as the graphic designer for a medium sized customer feedback & surveys company, there is a great need for similar online video tutorials for their online reporting software. After considering my options for screen capture software, I too chose Camtasia. It’s great to see that I’m on the right track! I also took some notes on the great comments.. Besides that though, learned a couple tricks from the tut as well! Nice work!

  • Don

    I really like your video tutorial. Thanks

  • Paul

    The tutorial was very helpful and useful … thanks.

  • Aaron

    great tutorial! hope to see more in the future.

  • leroy

    loved it – everything about it worked well. and i was able to follow along and do each step with the author. awesome.

  • Shel

    Great – thanks.

  • Cassie

    I found the presentation informative and will use the techniques. Is it possible to print any of this info out for reference as I attempt to replicate what I learned?

  • Terri Howard

    That was awesome. Hope to see more tutorials. Thank you.

  • anjilla

    THIS WAS AMAZINGLY HELPFUL!! I dont know a lot about photoshop but use it for hours daily.. Im self taught so to speak This was great!!!! I got so much out of it! I can’t wait to see more. Keep up the amazing work

  • Josh

    Took a while to load and I have DSL. Couldn’t figure out what was going on… whether it was loading, or just stuck.

  • Matt

    I loved the tutorial and have already been thinking of all the diffrent applications and veriations. I have read Kevin’s book on MySQL and PHP, he is a clear communicator.

  • Daryl

    I watched the Starburst effect video. It is the first video tutorial I’ve seen from Sitepoint and I have one word, fantastic! I already knew how to make the effect, so I was interested to see how you present it. I am now interested in seeking other Sitepoint video tutorials. Keep up the great work!!

  • marty

    Thanks for that – i learned a lot of cool techniques

  • Dave

    Really nice, no wasted time and info. Also helped to reinforce some things I’d learned about Photoshop at the “school of hard knocks.” I have Photoshop 6 so would have to do a little digging to get all this done. Perhaps a related link to CS2 -> Photoshop 6 mapping of the effects choices would help those like me who haven’t yet found the spare change to upgrade to CS2.

    Keep this kind of stuff coming, because these are the sorts of things that help web-heads like me to effects that differentiate my sites, and add a very professional touch.

  • FJRussoNC

    Excellant!! Will more than likely view it a few more times. Hope you have more of this coming.

  • Anonymous

    This is cool. Thanks for showing us how to do this. ;-)

  • Anonymous

    I just saw a comment from malikyte about why not “right click on the layer and choose ‘duplicate layer'” and other power user shortcut suggestions.

    It is MUCH easier for beginners to see you use the menu bar to do things. People can always use shortcuts when they are more comfortable, but learning first using shortcuts guarantees people will never learn the “big picture” of what they are doing. So, as a teacher, THANK YOU for a tutorial my beginning students can follow.

    Lastly, I second malikyte’s excellent idea of SitePoint including an accompanying DVD or CD. You could make it an extra charge so as not to exclude poor people, I’m sure the majority of people would buy it.

    Thanks again.

  • Daryl Welch

    Loved it. A great idea for presenting knowledge. Please keep them coming.

  • Lula

    Exhilarating! Repeat forever.

  • Anonymous

    Hope you have more of this coming. Amazing

  • Pete May

    Brilliant! And I could understand it as well. I nice speed of information. Not too fast or slow, not condescending or sales clap trap.

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  • sjthompson

    Excellent. I hope I can find this again when I need it. Thanks.

  • This was a good presentation. I think the total length was great, not too long and the speed of delivery was good.

    I tried the captioned version first but found it distracting to have them over the work area. I guess for those who don’t have English as a first language it makes it easier to catch everything. Maybe the captions could be smaller?

    It’s always cool to watch someone else’s techniques to accomplish the everyday things we do and I learnt a new way to do something in this presentation (besides the whole effect).

    Good stuff.

  • Roger Williams

    More please.

  • Ken Vandegrift

    I loved the video tutorial!

    I read so much about web design, that it is nice to watch a tutorial for a change. Excellent work – short to the point (which is good).

    I hope others voice their support too!

    I look forward to future installments.

    Ken Vandegrift
    Beaverton, OR

  • Ian Johnson

    What a fabulous tutorial. Excellent format and duration, long enough to do a proper job and not too long that you have to set aside dedicated time. Bring on more “top tips” like this please.

    Well done.

  • Mike Russell

    Excellent. Kevin avoids one of the common pitfalls of his type of tutorial, where we often only see the button pushing sequence. Here though, he gives us the concepts behind what he is explaining. As a result, it is quite easy to see how one might use other applications than photoshop. Well paced and clear. As someone else said, I hope I can find this again for future reference.

  • Very cool! I’d like to see more videos, especially about development. I’d like to have the starburst action script so I don’t have to go through all those steps. I recognize that the action would obscure some of the fine touches.



  • Anonymous

    Absolutely wonderful! Is there a print out of the instructions?

  • Lee

    That was an easy to watch video that anyone can follow. Good Work!

  • Anonymous

    As one not very learned on Photoshop I thought this was an excellent presentation and the effect is fantastic.

  • Anonymous

    Outstanding! After being “Yanked” to attention by the presentation, I salute Kevin for his fine work.

  • Victor John Saliba

    Well done a job mate. Continue record some more examples like these and we become experts :)

  • kfav

    This was great! Keep them coming…this could be huge for you guys. I hope to see tutorials on everything from php to photoshop, colfusion to actionscript!

    Thanks for the tips!

  • MiltonBC

    Awesome! It’s neat just to know that this kind of stuff can be done.

  • Emma

    Your Photoshop Starburst tutorial is great. I enjoyed the tutorial and it was really useful. I really hope that sitepoint will have more video tutorial like this. Great Job!

  • Freddy

    Peerfect, keep up the good work.

  • Freddy


  • ari

    very nice explanation

  • thedrumdoctor

    If you did classes, I would attend, without a doubt. This is fantastic stuff.

  • Elizabeth Hamilton

    Thank you for the starburst tutorial.

    It was easy to follow: I liked the outline of the steps on the left, the pace of the tutorial, the red circles around controls and the voice over. I look forward to seeing more.

    Elizabeth Hamilton

  • Rich Carpenter

    Awesome job! I would certainly like to see more of these tutorials.

  • Perry Schjolin

    Well produced, well paced and easy to follow. It’s easy to find “hoaky” effects. Please continue with hot new effects and you’ll have a huge following.

  • Bronco Hyrman


    yes, I agree with the crowd, very well done lesson, nicely presented, good length (reminds me of Total Training). Not a great quality but good enough for this purpose.

    However, I also experienced a bit of stuttering, mainly when I switched to other application during the presentation.

    Many thanks, and yes, I am interested in more.

    Viewed on PowerBook G4 1.5MHz, 1 GB RAM, OS 10.4.5, Safari 2.0.3, T1 Ethernet

    Bronco Hyrman

    Kodak (formerly Creo)
    Vancouver, BC

  • swansonwc

    I thought the tutorial was great. Since I’m not a Photoshop user, what interested me was how you did the video. I’d like to see a tutorial on how to put together videos like this one.

  • Student

    That is really good stuff! Easy to follow, saving hours if trying to learn that on one’s own. Thanks.

  • Newbie

    You make it look so easy! Great video!

  • Deb in KY

    I thought is was GREAT! NOt only learned the starbust bu other neat little tricks and other ways to do something I was alrady doing. (and probably get a nicer look) Would love to see more.

  • LarryCar

    Hi Kevin,

    This is a great idea. I like the tutorial on StarBurst. I can’t wait for the web design tutorials.

    All the best,

    Larry Carter

  • Very straight forward and easy to follow. Hope to see more…It kinda beat reading a book !

  • Ike23

    That was great! Look forward to more!

  • Nancy

    That was an awesome video. Thanks!!!

  • pmkcomp

    Whooohoooo! MORE! MORE!

    Can these be available with any other tutorials so that we can download them and view them at our leisure offline?

    Well done! Keep up the good work!

    BTW Good to finally put a voice to your face Kevin :)

  • highwei

    It was extremely well done and thought out. The steps were clear and this was the first video tutorial that I was able to keep up and complete just on the first try. Excellent work and I’m sure we all will look forward to the next tutorial. Cheers.

  • AnonJr

    I liked it. Very well done.

    The only thing I might add is some sort of printable copy to follow when trying to apply it on our own…. or let us download it for our home code libraries.

  • tceravolo

    Agree with comments above – a printable summary would be very helpful for those of us with poor memories.
    Look forward to more.
    Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent. Voice was very clear. Process was at a good speed so I could stay with it.

  • John

    Very well done! I second everyone who is pleading for more!

  • stan


    The more the better. Very appreciated.

  • donnad

    YES! YES!! YES!!! I thoroughly enjoyed it! Thanks, Kevin. I also like the idea of being able to print a hard-copy cheat sheet, especially if we will be paying to watch it (which I certainly would). I also learned a little something “extra” unexpectedly… bonus!
    Keep them coming!

  • Kathylene

    I thought it was great! I like having it narrated because it allowed me to have it running in a window behind my Photoshop program!

  • Glasso

    Great tutorial. And a great medium for presenting it. Keep them coming!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve got no problem following a tutorial, I’m a developer and so books are my ‘friends’… But seeing it on screen really helps visual things stick in my mind.

    Keep doing that!

  • MacLamas

    I loved it!!!
    Great effect!

  • jjmoore

    Great Stuff.
    Well explained.
    Let’s have more!

  • Hello!
    I liked the tutorial! The navigation stops are very practical! I’d prefer to learn the shortcuts for some steps (i.g. Ctrl + J for duplicating the layer and so on).
    In general: in the brave new world of ipod, podcasts and broadband capacity: how many tutorials over photoshop make sense? And will there be any time left for real work?

  • Shiva

    First of all that was a Super effect which came out. The presentation was very very intuitive. I was listening to my favourite music (so didnt hear the voice over) and followed the Captions and paused them and worked on Photoshop.
    Liked it. Want more.

  • Dafydd Eveleigh


    The Captions are brilliant (A Bit Difficult to see but.. BRILLIANT) Deaf people have been excluded for toooooooo long. Good to see Site Point providing access to deaf people.

    Hope you provde more tutorials like this.


  • mclayton

    Awesome! This tutorial could even make me an artist! :)

  • M.W. Andrews

    Awesome tutorial! Easy to follow. Learned a new Effect (which I would have never dreamed up). When do we get more?!

  • Jelle

    Hey, very useful tutorial! Going to try this for a poster soon!

    Thanks a bunch and keep it coming.

  • Mayra

    Loved it…easy to follow.

  • Walter

    Thank you Kevin, that is the way to learn some topics. The effect presented is very cool and I am using it in a new web page that I am elaborating.

  • Carlos Matute

    You guys rock.

    Carlos Matute
    X_Chematic Studios

  • Jason

    Most excellent… not only is the final effect really nice, but the way in which you cover the steps in enough detail for a novice but quickly enough for a pro was a very nice balance. Great job!

  • Arthur

    Great tutorial, very clear and easy-to-follow. The only possible problems are that when you select features like “overlay”, some people might not know what that means. If it can be described in a short sentence, maybe it out to be included. But of course, maybe we should just look this information up for ourselves in order to have shorter, smaller tutorials.

    Overall, it’s great! Thanks!

  • sareena27

    Maybe a glossary would be good. I get confused by “screen” vs “overlay”


  • Michael

    Great job.

  • diogomoura

    Excellent tutorial. 10/10.
    Great sound, well organised, very interesting, more tutorials like this one would be nice!

    Keep up the awesome work! :)
    Diogo Moura

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  • Robert Porter

    About the PhotoShop tutorials ideas: I strongly encourage this behavior. The starburst was a great example of the kind of thing that isn’t obvious on your own.

  • Anonymous

    Nice tutorial, but lose the zooming. I’m getting sick… ;-)

  • Dave Towle

    excellent work. One of the best tutorials I’ve seen.

  • aldsouza

    its amazing.. simple but very effective.. well explained..keep it up.


  • Lynn

    Great refresher course, made me go back to my early trials and add some great effects. Thanks for posting this, I’m still amazed at what Photoshop can do, there is not limit….

  • chris

    cool – photoshop is such an amazing tool, its always interesting to see the creative ways people find to use it, even though i’ve been using it for years!

  • awesome. two suggestions. 1) the video could be a bit higher in quality. The content is awesome. I’ve always been a bit intimidated by photoshop but Kevin, you made this so accessible, I want MORE. and 2) for those of us that use FIreworks, some tutorials would be nice too. even if they are alternate takes on teh same topic.


  • TonyCorruption

    Thanks for this really interesting tutorial. I really like it when a lesson compines many Photoshop tricks together so you become familiar with the interactions between different techniques. I’ve never seen the Polar Coordinates function used before so this was a great eye opener. I would like see more discussion about the effects of different blending modes. Instead of the logo outline layer, I instead used a glow effect on the orginal logo and found that this technique works better.

  • Awesome Kevin, keep them coming!

  • Anonymous

    Excellent work! well explained well done! keep it up.

  • internetetc

    Great tutorial. It saved many, many hours of book-reading. If you could also have it in Spanish it would be just great. I volunteer my voice.

  • peter

    Great tutorial. I learned many things about Photoshop I never knew. A very cool effect too.

  • josh

    Awesome tutorial! Never knew all the things I could do in Photoshop. Hope to see more of these in the future.

  • DavidSalahi

    Very nice!

    The ability to switch coordinate systems and then back again to apply an effect was intriguing.

  • Balbir Singh

    I was really good. I got to know various techniques. Very nice . Keep it up.

  • tarunkrsna

    Hi Kevin… great Photoshop Starburst tutorial, BUT, there are too many steps to remember. Do you have a text version of this tute?
    We’re probably only going to use this effect maybe once or twice, so unless we have a text version it’s totally academic.
    All good things++

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  • Tim Reader

    Excellent video – the new generation of online tutorials.
    Please do more.



  • Anonymous

    Great tutorial, I learned a lot. Thank you

  • Anonymous

    These would be awesome if they could be downloaded onto an iPOd!

  • kmichael

    Excellent tutorial. Hope the rest are just as good.

  • Philippe

    Thanks for the great tutorial.
    Keep them comming:-)

  • Anon

    Excellent video tutorial. Please post more like this.

  • Bill Leonard

    Nice tutorial. Clear and useful even for a Fireworks user like myself. My only concern is the cost. A subscription payment model seems like the obvious choice, but a lot of people might shy away from that.


  • gill

    This video tutorial is absolutely fantastic!!
    More – please!!

    Actually, I have one small grip – I could see which buttons you were clicking on and the constant zooming in and out made me seasick. I have neurological problems which make this happen – but I’m not the only person that this will be true for.

    Nonetheless – I love it and can’t wait for some more

    Thank you, thank you.

  • TedR

    Excellent tutorial. Elegant: includes everything necessary and nothing extraneous. Perfect level of detail. I had never seen a use for polar rectangle coordinates before. Very cool effect. Clearly labelled, plain English list of steps on the left was very helpful.

  • eddieq

    dis is kool … wish there were more … thanx sitepoint

  • Dean Mapa

    I enjoyed the tutorial very much. However it would be nice if I could download a transcript so I could follow it offline.

  • Adam

    Fantastic! I would love to see more video tutorials like these.

  • Great tutorial, thank you sp! Looking forward to seeing more ;)

    btw, captions are very useful for beginners.

  • mcr010


    Wish there was more. It certainly taught me a lot about Photoshop.

  • Louis

    This is a fantastic tutorial.

    To me, this kind of “learning by example” information is the best way to acheive a sound knowledge of any software.

    I’m glad I found this link in my newsletter.

    I really hope you will go on and bring us these high quality and right to the point tutorials.

    Best regards,


  • PhotoShop ‘expert”

    I’ve been using PS since it first came out — thousands of years ago.
    Kevin’s video showed me a new thing or 2.
    Well done Kevin THANKS.

  • Mark

    The only thing that would make it more practical would be a printable version to reference in the future (HTML or PDF).


  • metrowebdev

    Great tutorial! I agree with Mark, a print out version for future reference would be great, but the video tutorial is essential for a fast understanding of the technique. I look forward to future tutorials.

  • desmondo

    Great Tutorial, I’ve seen something similar by Scott Kelby but not with the same effect. To all the others requesting a printout, if you read your newsletter you’ll see that back in Tech Times #18 there is a printout of the tutorial. It would be great to be able to save or download the tutorial for future referrence, it’s hard sometimes to remember all the steps required but thank goodness for the printout.
    A sample of my outcome is below:

  • uknewbie

    Hi Kevin Yank – Sitepoint,

    The tutorial was very interesting(Amazing), I’m just starting out in html but looking forward to bringing many things together once i get to that standard… the potential is almost boundless very excited…: loved the Demo..Are there more planned or available…?

    There must so many variations its scary.. 10/10..


  • John Hilvert

    Well scripted and produced. It gives your Photoshop skills a work out as well.

    I’d love to see something like this done in Fireworks next time.

  • mrsnz

    The demo was great and interesting, i already work in photoshop to create and edit interesting logo’s but this was great stuff as i never learned all features of photoshop.i am very keen to learn few things in Illustrator as well. Great stuff!

  • Joost

    I (Dutch)just saw the photoshop tutorial. I liked it. I learned some new technieks again. Thanks.

  • Chris J.

    It was awesome!

    One thing I would have liked to see is a fuller explanation of what Auto Levels does, and also why you chose the “Screen” and “Overlay” blending modes for a couple of those layers. Those blending modes are pretty confusing to me.


  • drkanukie

    It was good – pace was right and zoom and pan very well done. The compression on the images was a little high but you could still read the menus and the target red circle workd well.

    Voice good clear and very good flow, no ums or hestitation as on some casts. Nice to hear what Kevin sounds like – I always thought he was a auzzie.

    End effect was OK but not something I could see a lot of use for, something like a montage effect or multi overlay background has more practical use than this and is something there are few good tutorials on. Or some of Corries tutorials such as the masking techniques one – that is very applicable to web graphics masking being key to most web graphics projects.

    I agree with Chris J – an explanation of what Screen and Overlay do and Autolevel (makes the lightest colour white) would have been really useful additional information.

    I’d really like to see channels explained and their application in photshop as its one area I’m weak on.

    Another idea would be to give the keyboard shortcuts where applicable for every function – maybe in the sub titles so you can pick these up as they really help doing production work to a deadline.

    Is the plan to sell these tutorials – I doubt I’d pay for this unless it was a more generally useful effect I *really* wanted and then I’d still look for a free tutorial first.

  • Anonymous

    I loved it. I have to watch it again.
    Please have more.
    Thank you so much.

  • Joe Cool

    Very Cool effect.

  • Anonymous

    This is very cool. But the tutorial was easy to follow. Hope to see more of this.

  • Michael

    Pretty cool tutorial! Usually I skip through these sorts of things, but that one was very well organized and presented. Let’s see more!

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic! Do more!

  • Eirik

    I think it’s a nice way of showing people (like me) the effects of photoshop. I learned some new stuff and that’s positive. Good luck.

  • David Tudor

    Great tutorial!!!

  • jnyb


  • jimcsnr

    Great! All I can say is more, more and then some more.

    Is it possible to allow downloads of these videos so that we can refer to them while offline working through the tutorial.

  • bj

    unbelievably good! I can’t wait for more.

  • Gerbil

    The tutorial movie idea is GREAT! Kevin does a great job explaining this some what complex visual effect. Animating this, without using Flash, would be awesome for web logos.


  • AT

    The tutorial was awesome, really easy to follow and understand. Well presented, hope to see more of these…

  • Anonymous


  • Storm

    Excellent tutorial Kevin. Well spoken, clear and concise.

    Compression was a little high, but it allowed the tut to download quickly. At that size I don`t think the pan/zoom was needed… it was still understandable without it.
    Would have liked a little more explanation on the layer blending modes. Also could have shown the quicker way of doing layer copies, rather than via the menu.

    Overall excellent and very impressive. Looking forward to more. Would like the vids to be downloadable or available in .pdf as well.

  • Vikki

    This tutorial was great! Can’t wait for more tips.

  • Anonymous

    Very professional production and simply and easy to understand directions. the speaker’s voice was simple, clear and not patronising. I enjoyed it very much.

  • Sidd

    Awesome tutorial! Please continue to post such informative videos.

  • Nathalie

    I thought it was excellent! Please keep them coming!

  • vita

    That was super!!! I don’t always have time to go through my emails right away, and tend to store yours up (which makes them old by the time I get to them). If I know they will have this kind of info I will always open right away!

  • pkp

    It was excellent! :-)
    The instructions were clear and easy to follow. The captions (I liked the captions) allowed me to backtrack and go forward easily as I did the steps along with the flash video, which is good if one cannot go through the whole video at one time.

  • La Rana

    It was better than any tutorial I’ve come across online! The techniques used were professional grade and it was easier to follow than it would have if it was done with text and images. I hope I get to see more! I hope you keep an archive of both caption and non-caption tutorials as well. Sitepoint, best on the web!

  • Kelly

    It was an excellent tutorial, easier to understand than I thought. I loved the Kevin’s tone and clarity of speech, too. I really look forward to more tutorials like this!

  • AverageGal

    Very very awesome! I’m going to make one right now!

  • Jan Matthews

    Super! I want to try it right away. I can see lots of possibilities. Looking forward to more tutorials.

  • georgen

    I was very impressed with the video as it demonstrated the power of photo shop enabling the user to create great effects. It was informative and well presented. I hope that there will be more videos in the future. Keep up the great work SitePoint.

  • Anonymous

    It doesn’t play for me- it just stops at the end of the introduction.

  • Anonymous

    It stopped halfway through in Safari, crashed Firefox about 2/3 of the way through, but I was able to reload and watch the end in Safari. It’s a great tutorial despite these problems.

  • sdans

    Great job with the video! It just reinforces my belief that I only know how to do about one millionth of what PhotoShop has to offer. I definitely feel that videos are the way to go when trying to learn something new. Thank you so much for the new ideas for using the filters. Please do more videos!!! Awesome!!!

  • CCClark

    Very cool site thanks a bunch for the tutotials

  • Kate

    Impressive video. I like the voice! Excellent instructions, very clear even to a neophyte like me.

    I see that in Photoshop I have miles to go before I sleep and miles to go before I sleep…



    Great little tutorial!
    More please!

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  • EnErGy

    Stunning tutorial.

  • Brn

    Simply perfect :)
    Thank you :)

  • Alex Cook

    While I’m by no means a newcomer to Photoshop, I have to say I was impressed by this little tutorial. Would I pay for it? I’m not sure there, maybe I’d open up my wallet if the instructions weren’t for such a simplistic effect. However, this new offering from gets a big thumbs up from me and I hope to see more of the same soon.

  • Anonymous

    Very cool!

  • Snetty

    this is truly excellent.. lots more of these please!

  • kovacs

    funky one ;)
    good job!

  • Dean Speir

    It was, quite simply, revelatory. I think I got as much out of this one video tutorial than an entire year of New Horizons’ PhotoShop courses.

    For users such as myself, all we need is “a leg up” on the features of the program to get over the hump in the learning curve. The rest is relatively simple.

    Thank you.

  • nytestar

    Excellent. More of the same kind of tutorial would be great! Thanks.

  • TJK

    Wow! Perfect Tute, and perfect timing for my project! How about a simple overview outline for downloading w/ the tute?

  • scottyman

    Wow,I really liked the demo! I don’t know how to use Photoshop yet, but watching that encouraged me to try! Thanks for sharing that for free and please continue to add more videos like it!

  • bobmoff

    Great! Videotutorials are really good. It’s like watching a person showing you how to do it, but you can ask them to do the thing over and over again without getting a slap in your face.

  • WebDancer


    I just love video tutorials. It is like watching over someone’s shoulder and makes learning so much faster and easier!

    More, Pleeeez!

  • binjured

    A very “gentle” tutorial! I never did look into the whole Polar Coordinates thing too much, but I think I will have to spend some time playing around with it to see just what kind of effects I can get.

  • binjured

    As a quick follow-up actually: I am not sure on the whole “paying for it” thing. For instance, I saw your set of 3 AJAX videos for $14.95. Although I assume these videos are of good quality, that’s essentially half the cost of a very complete book on the subject which would be able to give far more information than a few practical examples could hope for. Of course I could always be wrong, but I don’t think I’ll ever know ;)

  • agentolivia

    Excellent tutorial! Very well done!

  • Kalyan Chandra

    Wow this is really amazing, excellent creativity

  • @binjured: Quite true, in many respects. It’s a question of learning styles and time available. If book learning is effective for you, oyu would get great value from the book. Howver many people find that videos are a better way to get quite a lot of information across in a very short time because multiply senses are involved.

    For most people it’s doubtful that they could have learned the above technique as thoroughly and easily in eight minutes of just reading.

  • grade3

    I too have been an advocate of video tutorials for a long time now. Unfortunately the technology that delivers them has left something to be desired but as the value of this technique has become clear the mode of delivery has improved accordingly. The SitePoint offerings are first rate. I look forward to many more of them.
    I am also a customer of SitePoints excellent books. The video tutorials in no way eliminate the need for this medium, they will however enhance their value enormously.

  • Anonymous

    I really liked it. It was easy to follow. There were no skipped steps or assumed you know steps. Then again, you could have shown when you added the original logo to the black background.

  • Anonymous

    Kevin, I’ve used the star burst FX before, but never like that. Very nicely done.


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  • cluksha

    I have to admit – I think that was very cool. What I can never figure out out is who has the time to play with those effects and see what that many combinations would do. I am glad someone does else I might never get to see them :(

    THanks for that.

  • Anonymous

    This tutorial was smooth and well explained for any level to understand. It was the best video tutorial I have yet to find.
    Mr Yank has a very pleasant voice. I would like to see a way to save it to my library unless you plan to keep this around forever. Or a way to print a step by step for my binder of cool and usefull photoshop techniques I will never remember. ;)

  • hobulus

    That was a very good tutorial, step by step, clearly explained!

    I am very much looking forward to all the new video tutorials that Sitepoint will be posting!


  • AussieInLondon

    Excellent tutorial. As Hobulus said, “step by step, clearly explained!”

    Well done.

  • Rams

    Pretty good. Easy to learn. Good work. Keep it up

  • Tecknowjnkie

    As with all SitePoint Tutorials and or Books – Simple, Easy to Follow with Professional Results

  • Clenard

    Sitepoint needs to spend more time creating videos such as this one! Great tutorial, definately would love to see more!

  • brenda

    I would be interested in video tutorials for Flash8 or FLEX or Actionscript2/3

  • Joe Ann Scott

    I liked this video very much – I would like to see more.

  • Yes, it’s great, please, post more of them!

  • The thing I particularly liked about this tutorial was that it presented the subject in a way that made me want to experiment with the principles, not just reproduce the effect.

  • salsafresa

    Great tutorial, although I thought the effect created was rather poor.

  • Scotty

    Great tutorial, as with all Sitepoint stuff (books etc) it was easy to follow and makes you want to have a go yourself.


  • cem

    very very very nice

  • steveyurasits

    This tutorial was professionally done and the topic well explained. Thank you.

    Only by the clarity in the instructions and nice pace set in the video do I think I can get something like that together.

    I agree with all the other comments.


  • Anonymous

    I think your videos are a rip-off compared to,, and

  • Anonymous

    really lovedd the presentatiion…Great


  • Anonymous

    I don’t think I”ll ever use this effect, but I love some of the steps used, and I like how I can jump from one step to another without having to stream the entire video.

  • Anne

    This was awesome! Thanks.

  • awed

    This was awesome… excellent.

  • Mike

    Great effect and excellent demo. Very easy to follow. Keep up the good work!

  • Joe

    Excellent presentation. Keep it up…keep it free!
    Thank you so much.

  • chris


  • excelent demo!

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  • JaeWebb

    I appreciated the speed of the tutorial, the video navigation without literal breaks in the action, and the “start-to-finish” nature of the tutorial. These features in combination make the video accessible to learners of all types – those who need task-based instruction, those who need repetition, and so on. For those of us who only see Photoshop as a means to an end, the quick exposure to a collections of effects is worth the money. I can’t wait to see videos for J2EE and ActionScript 3.0!

  • Cowboy11

    That was the coolest thing I ever saw anyone do with photoshop.
    Thanks for the great video.
    Chris Cain

  • pannet1

    a very nice tutorial.

  • Escatopoul

    Really useful video. Very wel explained, slowly but not boring at all, as it always should be. WE NEED MORE LIKE THIS!!

  • Alphapro1

    Excellent video! Very well paced and easy to follow! Inspired me to begin exploring other effects and features in Photoshop! Keep them coming!

  • krityx

    wow, this was a very very cool effect !!!!! good job

  • mohan

    Excellent tutorial.. Dont know if the books from sitepoint are as good as the video !!!

  • jimmy

    very easy to make a excelent work….

  • Gardfield

    Really well explained. Great resource for all of us “lazy-readers”

  • Anonymous

    I’m sold!! Great work!!

  • ThomasB

    Really nice! Hulk want more!

  • Anonymous

    it’s amazing

  • tim

    Very good and interesting tutorial.

  • Bebe James

    Too Cool. I accidently ran into this site and ran the tutorial. I was amazed of the starburst video. Thanks



  • billy

    I’m especially grateful that you have included a captioned version of your tutorials! As a deaf person, it means the world to me when a company like SitePoint shows that they really do care about accessibility by doing things like this! Thanks again, very much!!

  • John

    Great video. Very well presented.

  • Randy

    It’s Great. Thank you.

  • Ray D.

    Very well done!!!
    I especially like the way you’ve incorporated a side column to let the user easily navigate to different sections of the tutorial rather than relying only on the timebar.

    Keep up the great work SitePoint!!!

  • Mazza

    WOW!!! What an effect .. I think the method used to achieve the effect is nothing short of brilliant. Who would think of turning your image sideways to get that line effect going outwards. I love the video and the also the navigation like a PDF tutorial along the side. Kevin … U R Good. :-)

  • great job, well done and rare. i like seeing ones that i cant find any where else

  • crome

    Awesome effect and such an easy to understand and follow tutorial. Very refreshing after many hours of reading books! (Not that the books aren’t excellent too). I thought it was well paced and easy to understand. I managed to remember nearly all of the steps the first time through. Great work guys. I would really like to see a lot more of these tutorials!

  • Colin

    Really a fantastic tutorial. Not only is the effect very cool, but the tutorial was very well done. Easy to understand and follow, and at a perfect pace so that experienced Photoshop users can follow along in Photoshop just listening to the audio.

    Thanks for a great tutorial!

  • kwasiada

    Nice effect. Nice tute. Video stutters & stammers a little during playback, but not much of a problem.
    Look forward to some more.
    P.S Your email spoke of being fair to IE 7, but my memory cannot remember Microsoft being fair to anyone..ever.

  • Mark

    That was amazing! Keep it up!

  • Anonymous

    Awesome – I am a beginner, how do I make sure that I can watch this again, when I actually need it?

  • Nan

    Great product! Being deaf, I need the captions and it is very rare for these products to be captioned. It would be nice to have a way to print out the steps as I had to watch the video several times to get the steps written down correctly.

    The length was perfect – if it is too long and complicated, busy folks will not have time to watch it.

    Keep up the good work – I am looking forward to more videos.

  • SimonJ621

    Awesome, now the trick is to build a comprehensive library of tutorials making sure to include tutorials for advanced techniques.

    A development series building a full scale web application from design to implementation going through all deliverables and development would be great as well!

    Good job guys!

  • Rich57

    Great video, Kevin. It really explains well what you’re doing for a beginner like me. And using that coordinate conversion in the middle was crafty.

  • An excellent video. I went through it a second time and did my own logo while following along. It works, even for us amateurs!


  • Pooh

    This tutorial was excellent. Well explained and clear to understand :)



  • mikeinAustin

    This is fantastic!! Well done – more please!


  • Anonymous

    Just when I think I have a good working knowledge of Photoshop, I realize that I don’t know anything. Excellent video and as a teacher I understand that you should teach to the median experience level in the class, which may be a brand spankin’ newbie to Photoshop, hence no shortcuts. I had no problem watching even though I knew the shortcuts that could have been used because that provided me with time to absorb the info.

    Thanks Again!

  • mashou

    Very well done tutorial. It would be nice if it was a bit more general at times, explaining things one can do with Photoshop in general (e.g. layering), kind of like a chef on a food network show would build a specific kind of cake, but would explain creating a general base for icing for example.

  • Mike

    Great tutorial. Well paced and a truly interesting effect. Cheers.

  • Anonymous

    nice but obsolet

  • Mike B

    Great , but how can I make the logo have a white background and yet still do the same thing with the starburst?

  • ChrisGilmore

    Loving that effect.

  • -zeke

    Very cool! Awesome tutorial.

  • Anonymous

    Very nice tutorial. Thanks for all the detailed steps. Even though I have Photoshop Elements, I was able to create the project. I just had to stop the tutorial when I had to hunt for where some of the tools and effects were.

  • Anonymously

    Great effect!!! Could you please create some more? thanks

  • Dave

    This is awesome. I have been looking for this for years. You guys rock!

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  • Anonymous

    Cool effect

  • Marky

    Its stuff like this that has me looking to SitePoint more for help with Web related stuff. I would buy a series of PhotoShop ideas like this. Nice while on a plane or when I set time aside for learning.

    As far as learning goes, its a lot easier to watch the video and switch between photoshop than it is to read a few pages, hold a book open, and constantly scan between the book and screen.

    Nice job Kevin.

  • Joe Ann Scott

    Thank you – I liked it very much. Do you have available on CD?

  • travis

    totally cool

  • Brian

    Super! Very clear and well presented. Thanks! I’d love to see more!

  • Mike

    Very nice….more!

  • goukibrent

    excellent tutorial very clea,r easy pace

  • moon

    This tutorial is really helpful & ease of use was what I loved about this site

  • Francisco

    Great use of what a combine set of filters can do.
    Well presented, show me more! I´m starving.

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  • muhammed

    i like this effect it is good put some another some good effect my id is

  • Frank Cochrane

    This is a first class tutorial, a master class in how to construct a tutorial with clarity and accuracy. If you are making a living from writing tutorials, look over your shoulder now – someone has just raised the bar.

  • Isaac Grover (

    From other comments, I am basically going to repeat that this tutorial is very concise. The selling point for me was the speaking tutorial, which I minimised while I “learned by doing” the tutorial in Photoshop as the speaker guided me. The pause button was nice when I got behind. =)

    Thank you very much.

    Isaac Grover
    River Falls, WI

  • ammamma

    superb ! very interesting demo.i am expecting some more demo.

  • Anonymous

    Incredibly easy~ Can I have more links like that?

    Thanks and keep it up. You’re doing a great job !

  • Anonymous

    Good and powerful demo!! Easy to follow….

  • Anonymous

    Brilliant. Much better than some other videos I have seen.Sound quality above average.

  • Anonymous

    very comprehensible

  • pintorhm

    Fine, no quite simple, I will like to download it, maybe you can put a clause send it to 5 o 7 friends and you can download it!

  • naazdeboo

    Its a brilliant idea – this video tutorial bit. Makes it much easier to comprehend. The same thing in book format would have been quite difficult and a ‘put off’ too, after a point.

    But the video made the whole thing seem like a breeze. Thanks – looking forward to more such stuff. I think even a ‘beginner’s guide to photoshop’ explaining the concepts of layers, masks, filters would be a great idea. Its always the getting started in something which is the most difficult bit to overcome. And sitepoint has always been my first resource for learning something new — your books are by far the best. And now these videos !!

  • anonymous

    Excellent tutorial. Let’s see more of these in the future!

  • BlueWebWeaver

    I learned a lot from this tutorial. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Since I am new to Photoshop this is a great tutorial.

  • Melchior912

    awesome more please

  • Stephen Thompson

    Fantasic tutorials. The best I have seen yet!!!!!!

  • Stephen Thompson

    Fantastic tutorials. The best I have seen yet!!!!!!

  • zirafica

    This tutorial is fantastic! Great job! I am delighted! Thank you!

  • John Charity

    Brilliant starburst presentation Kevin
    Thank you for sharing (:o)


  • Lou Haughton

    Excellent: – Clear, well paced and easy to follow instructions.

    I think Sitepoint should extend the range of these ivdeo tutorials.

    Please please can’t wai!

    Well done.

  • harry hockedy

    great effect,seems easy enough.Now to find something to use it on,and please,some more good tutorials

  • carey

    very informative

  • Brian

    Great tutorial. Need more like it. Thanks.

  • Caroline

    This really great. Please do more. We are novices at PhotoShop and it looks like we need to do a full time courst to learn how to use it, but this was a great help. Please do more, particularly for beginners. Keep up the good work.

  • Jason

    That was awesome! thanks.

  • Dusk

    Brilliant, I have learned alot from this. Thanks alot :D

  • Martha

    Great video. I am amazed at what can be done in Adobe Photoshop. I see several applications already.
    Thanks very much for letting us in on how to make a starburst. Keep the videos coming!

  • Anonymous

    Very good. very helpful.


  • kranti

    This is excellent! i learned a lot from this. each n evry thing is illustrated in a clear way without any ambiguity.Thanks.

  • David

    I’m grateful for this tutorial. I hope you keep them coming. Im pretty new to Photoshop and plan and learning a lot so i can create some great things.

  • mima

    All of the right brained visual learners are grateful for this awesome demonstration of what Photoshop can do…I learned dozens of tricks! Thanks!

  • searchenginepro

    Awesome job Kevin,

    Keep the videos coming! and consider an iPod format. Just bought the CSS series this evening :-)

  • anonymous

    great video Simple steps for great effect. i loved it

  • shintow

    Hi Its really amazon work what done? But i want learn more photoshop works like a web templates.

  • juboo

    Great job Kevin. Really cool. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    excellent tutorial


    thank ypu very much

    i am very happy because i learned alot from this course,and now i can design somethings like this

  • Mark

    Great I enjoyed going along with you with my own logo on screen and pausing when need be.

    However I would have liked to see how one can use this on different colored backgrounds then black. That is, I would have liked to overlay it over a sky background.

  • shaikh muhammed sarfaraz

    i think that this is very best job and whole world people are with you and this is very good video i like it:;

  • scatufat99

    I think this make easier to learn for many like me.
    Thats all.

  • Anonymous

    I thought this was an excellent tutorial.

  • np

    great videos – thank you!

  • Nick

    Super!!! Thanks

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  • Anonymous

    Thanks kevin for the information….. its really easy to follow and very very cool…. keep it up…..

  • Shq_1_ptaR

    Perfect !! Thanks

  • Anonymous

    Spell-bounding Video Lessons

  • liz

    very good – Ill have a look at some others now

  • Anonymous

    The Star Burst video was very slick. Thanks very much for making this available…

  • mike moon

    loved the tutorial
    very helpful
    as a self taught photoshop user of many years, it was nice to see some filters and devices used properly.
    this type of teaching matches my learning style very well
    thanks a million

  • kellyballen

    Great video!!
    Thank you for having such a great teaching web site. I just bought your book Simply Javascript and am learning something new everyday.
    Kelly Allen

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  • JapJay

    Great Video, I hope to use it soon in some of my designs

  • sara

    Excellent, or more than that. Congratulations.

  • Ronj

    It was great! I’ll have to learn more……..

  • Andri

    This is a brilliant “out of the box” thinking of how to create this effect. My hat is off to Kevin Yank. I have been using Photoshop since 1998 and I rarely learn anything new in online tutorials, but this one taught me something … Thanks

  • Rod

    Very nice and easy to understand. Maybe just a tad bit fast paced for a novice.

  • ariza

    nice effect, i like it!

  • Michael

    Thanks for the wonderful clip.

  • bfd

    I wish there were more of this type and quality

  • EM

    Very nice :D
    makes my logo look pro and you had a very good choice of gradient to use

  • AT

    Very cool effect and good tutorial, even though I’d prefer seeing it on a Mac :)

  • Mo

    It’s awesome. I like the demonstration as your speech is clear and easy to follow.I will definately buy the CSS video you are selling.

    Thanks so much.

  • mambamoss

    Really enjoyed the video, Kevin has a good clear speech,Other video’s of Kevins are also good. Made a nice cool effect to my logo, great!


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  • Bikgrl

    Great tutorial! So well planned and easy to follow. Kevin carefully and cleanly explains what he’s doing. Great effect, too. Can’t wait to use it! Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Amazing.. made me look like a Pro

  • rockxtream

    Top stuff – as always.

    Thanks Kevin.


    Really enjoyed that demo. I wish I could get more info on Photoshop that was as easy to understand.

  • Rafa Serrano

    Easy to follow
    Well done

    Thanks so much

  • gaddallmighty

    As always Kevin presents a very informative video on a stunning effect.

  • trauts

    brilliant and very clear instructions

  • Amrik Singh

    First I thanks to SITE POINT, and then KEVIN who does such a good job.
    It is really good demo. The star burst effect demo is so easy.
    Really enjoyed that demo. I wish I could get more information on PHOTOSHOP
    I could take tutorials from him. What a great effect.

    Amrik Singh
    Punjab, india

  • Ivan

    I really enjoyed this video and like the way of showing off the options(filters) of Photoshop ;).I would like to watch more videos like this one for sure :).

  • Saskatchewan Canada

    Thoroughly impressed Sir! Bravo!

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