starry night background blend
Here’s a little backstory on the Starry Night from my Art History article on Impressionism:
Apply the Layer Masks to the town and landscape layers, and then Merge them together.
To brighten the stars, go up to the Image menu and choose Auto Contrast:
And Photoshop fills the layer with black, temporarily blocking the image from view:
Click OK when you’re done to close out of the dialog box and apply the blurring effect to the noise. If we look again in the Layers panel, we see both the Add Noise and Gaussian Blur filters listed as Smart Filters below Layer 1:
Click OK when you’re done to close out of the Fill dialog box, at which point Photoshop fills the new layer with black, temporarily blocking our photo from view:
Vincent van Gogh painted Starry Night in 1889 during his stay at the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole near Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Van Gogh lived well in the hospital; he was allowed more freedoms than any of the other patients. If attended, he could leave the hospital grounds; he was allowed to paint, read, and withdraw into his own room. He was even given a studio. While he suffered from the occasional relapse into paranoia and fits – officially he had been diagnosed with epileptic fits – it seemed his mental health was recovering.
Unfortunately, he relapsed. He began to suffer hallucination and have thoughts of suicide as he plunged into depression. Accordingly, there was a tonal shift in his work. He returned to incorporating the darker colors from the beginning of his career and Starry Night is a wonderful example of that shift. Blue dominates the painting, blending hills into the sky. The little village lays at the base in the painting in browns, greys, and blues. Even though each building is clearly outlined in black, the yellow and white of the stars and the moon stand out against the sky, drawing the eyes to the sky. They are the big attention grabber of the painting.
Starry Night is one of the most recognized pieces of art in the world. It is absolutely everywhere, too. It can be seen on coffee, mugs, t-shirts, towels, magnets, etc. Honestly, it sometimes feels as if the painting’s fame has exceeded that of its creator. It is a magnificent piece of art. That Starry Night resonates with so many people is a testament to how its beauty is timeless and universal.
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