Topaz Star Effects

Create beautiful star and lighting effects


  • Ron Martinson

    "Star Effects allows you to do some interesting things with flare and stars to spice up your photos.
    The results can be pretty cool with just ONE CLICK of a preset. It just works!"

  • Larry Schaibley, In The Desert

    "You can shoot at a smaller aperture and get star effects, but it's much simpler to add them with Topaz. The presets work great, and it's very easy to change effects manually."

  • Blake Rudis, Everyday HDR

    "Star Effects does exactly what it implies and it does it well. It is perfect for any photographer who wants to add a bit of bling to their final product."

  • Digital Lady Syd

    "A great addition if you enjoy the creative aspect of Photoshop. There are so many different looks. Give it a try – it might just be the inspiration you need to get that really great look!"

Create beautifully-rendered and natural lighting effects in seconds.

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There are some photos with powerful elements that grab your attention. You almost can't look away.

A great way to achieve this in your own work is to add light effects that naturally accentuate your photo, like light rays, lens flares, and sun beams.

We specifically designed this product to make this process easy. Star Effects includes everything you need to create natural and compelling lighting effects that will make your photos shine.

Great lighting effects

Choose from a variety of beautiful star effects like traditional, starburst, cross, hollywood, and more.

Auto-detect light sources

Use a single click to apply your lighting effect at exactly the right place in your photo.

Completely customizable

Adjust any part of the light effect that you can think of, and never create the same effect twice.


Light is everywhere. Accentuate a mild glow, create a powerful sun flare, or do anything in between.

Use Star Effects and your creativity to make your great photos even better.

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Not every image needs star or lighting effects, but the ones that do will look absolutely amazing with them. Use Topaz Star Effects to create one-of-a-kind photos that no one will be able to look away from.

17 customer reviews for Topaz Star Effects

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  1. 5

    Easy to Use

    I thought this would be perfect for our chapel candelight marriage ceremonies. And, it was. We added a beautiful effect to the candleabras. It was very ease to use. One of our favorite Topaz Element. I will be looking at other ways to adorn our wedding pictures with Topaz Star Effects.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

  2. 5

    Easy, like digital diamonds.

    Easy to use just apply and adjust.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

  3. 4

    Fairly easy to use

    Software produced the staring effect I was looking for but it would be nice to be able to place a star effect manually.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

  4. 4

    Easy to use. Efficient. I would love to have the possibility to change the placement of the effects to wherever I want.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

  5. 5

    Emotional impact

    I purchased Star Effects for a specific photo, made on a night when I found myself without my diffraction filter on hand. Now that I have the program, it has been great fun going over some of my images with candles or other light sources and experimenting with the variety of effects possible!
    I would recommend this product to a friend

  6. 5

    Love star Effects!

    Star Effects is so fun! It adds so much awesomeness to a photo!
    I would recommend this product to a friend

  7. 5


    I would recommend this product to a friend

  8. 5

    Easy and Fun

    I love how easy it is to add lighting effects to my photos. I have been trying to do the same things with photoshop and it takes forever. I recommend adding a little more effect than you think you want, because when I apply and go back to photoshop a little bit of the effect is lost in translation
    I would recommend this product to a friend

  9. 3

    OK program. Intuitiv handling but feeling of making fake impressions reduce # stars.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

  10. 5

    plenty of stars

    easy to use, a lot of controls. I love it.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

  11. 4

    A bit frustrating

    The star effects are placed where the plug-in wants. There is no way to place stars in specific parts of your image. Some are a bit garish, others are quite nice. I would recommend experimenting and playing around, as one does with all plug-ins. I had hoped to make a starry sky for a night photograph, but it doesn’t seem to work that way. Try before buying.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

  12. 5

    easy to use a short learning curve

    I use it for night photos or when you can get a little of the sun . It has presets and it is easy to change the sliders I enjoy it when you forget to close down the fstop.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

  13. 5

    easy to use

    I had some photos of a fountain that were taken in the sun. I wanted to give the water a bit of sparkle and TOPAZ STAR EFFECTS did the trick. I also had some photos of a rose with dew on it that was taken n the sun..I was able to ad just enough star effect to make them magical.


    I would recommend this product to a friend

  14. 3

    Good for what it's designed for, but

    When I need a star effect this is my goto.. It works. Plain and simple.. I only would like to see one additional capability, which would be the ability to manually place the star effects. The software usually is pretty good at picking the spots but sometime I just want one “Over There!” And then again maybe I missing something.. Kinda a one trick pony, but when you need it, it’s there and just works,
    I would recommend this product to a friend

  15. 5

    Gets the Job Done!

    We photograph motor home interiors. We can only use ambient, interior lighting. One of our clients suggested the need for ‘stars’ around the interior LED overhead lights. Since we had already taken the photos, we couldn’t go back and use a small f/stop to get the stars in camera. So we bought Topaz Star Effects. After a quick run through the many star selections, we were able to provide the client with a realistic star effect in his brochure photos. Client is happy… so we’re happy! Good product, easy-to-use, and priced right.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

  16. 3

    Result different to Preview

    I am disappointed by the fact that the Preview always looks very different to the Result after applying the Filter. very annoying!

  17. 4

    Nice little touch

    I find i use it more to highlight lighting than as a star effect but works well.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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Topaz Star Effects – beautiful light effects.

Create natural star and light effects in seconds.

Star Effects requires a compatible host program in Mac OSX 10.6+ or Windows 7+ with 4GB RAM or more.