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     Title:     Molten Sun
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Description:This tutorial will show you how to create a volcanic star, and take you a step further with an abstract molten-glass type effect.

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Step 1
Let's get the preliminaries out of the way. Create a new image and fill the background with black. Use the elliptical marquee tool to select a perfect circle (hold down shift) and then create a new layer. Fill the new layer with black and go to filter>noise>add noise. Use amount: 60 distribution: gaussian. Make sure monochromatic is checked.

Step 2
With the circle still selected, go to filter>distort>spherize. When that's done hit ctrl-f to repeat the spherize.

Step 3
Go to image>adjustments>gradient map and use the standard fire gradient as shown below. (fire gradient = black > red > yellow > white)

Step 4
Add an outer glow to the circle layer. Make the color an orange/yellow color and adjust the spread and size so that it is fairly prominent.

Step 5
Add an inner shadow to the circle layer. Set the distance to 0 and adjust the choke/size so that it gives it a nice even sphere shape. I used 20 for the choke and 45 for the size.

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