How to Create a Retro Sunburst in Photoshop

I originally had this tutorial posted on one of my old sites and decided to post it here.

This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to create a retro sunburst. This tutorial was used to create the Mobile Banking ad for FNB Bank


Create a new document (For this tutorial I used a document size of 1600×1600 at 300 dpi)


Create a New Layer

Set the foreground and background colors (I used #f9b048 for the foreground and #f6e876 for the background)

With Layer 1 selected choose the gradient tool. Make sure Linear Gradient is selected.


Start from the bottom, click and drag mouse vertically to the top (hold the shift key for a perfectly straight line).


Go to Filter > Distort > Wave and apply the following settings:


The result will be something like this:


To change the size of the vertical bars you can vary the wavelength. Wavelength min and max must be the same for the vertical bars to be equal size.

Go to Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates and select the following:


Your final result should look like this:


You can play around with the different settings to get slightly altered effects.  I hope this tutorial has helped to give you some new ideas.


0 #4 Dong Wang 2014-02-27 21:34
Very good thank you sir
0 #3 2014-01-03 09:53
Awesome! Thank you so much. I was looking at purchasing a starburst pattern for a website, but kept striking out on what I wanted. This fits the bill exactly.
0 #2 Dave 2013-12-24 04:55
Nice. Thanks for sharing this Photoshop skills.
0 #1 Desain Grafis 2013-11-06 03:24
ohh now i know to make a effect like this,thanks for shared

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