Topaz Star Effects

Create beautiful star and lighting effects

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  • 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.

Examples

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.

(Hover for before & after.)

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.

56 customer reviews for Topaz Star Effects

Overall Rating

94%

Say they recommend Topaz Star Effects

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  1. 5


    How To Add Star Effects Anywhere

    With a star flare, Topaz Star Effects will seek the lightest light to add the star effect. In your Photo Editor or in PhotoFXlab, create a small circle shape layer, fill with the color white and then feather the edges. In your Photo Editor program, add the circle shape layer anywhere you wish in the picture. Compress the layers or export the picture with the circle shape. Then add the newly created picture to Topaz Star Effects. Topaz Star Effects will add the star flare on the circle. This will allow you to add the star effect anywhere you wish in your photograph.
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  2. 5


    Easy to apply.

    Better than expected. The variations of star effects are amazing. I have processed some shots, but have not printed them yet.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  3. 5


    Great and faste tool

    Using this pluggin in a régularité for add some glamour look to my architecture photos. I am happy about the résultat.

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  4. 3


    Yes, easy to use... BUT...

    1) It is very slow…
    2) you can not place stars, where you want to (threshold does not work everywhere)…
    3) if you hover over more then one preset, it uploades all previews – one after another…
    4) The final result is different than the preview
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  5. 5


    Add A Little Pizzaz

    Love Star Effects, as I can add a little sparkle to my low light images. Just be careful not to over do it, as you don’t want to make it look fake.
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  6. 5


    Star Effects

    Have use it a few times makes photos Pop
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  7. 4


    Easy to use with various customization options

    I found this plug-in easy to use and you can customize the look of how you want your stars to be, to give a more ‘natural’ look, though you need time to explore those options.
    A pity you can’t place a star where you want it to be in your photo or artwork, so you have to rely on the automatic placement and this can be not so good if you only want 1 star to appear (that you can customize) rather than more appear, particularly if there are more than 1 bright or lit area in your photo.
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  8. 4


    easy and efficient

    This software, actually a small one works as described. It is OK, it makes stars and you can use different layouts and variations of those effects, which one also can customize. Why not 5 stars – because the preview is not really WYSIWYG . you need to try it out to see the final results, but they are mostly pleasant
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  9. 3


    ok

    This plug-in has limited usefulness, but in the right situation, works wonderfully. Another tool in my toolbox.
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  10. 3


    Topaz Star Effects

    I am just beginning to use it. It does not excite me as much as some of my other filters but I am sure that it will. I love Topaz Labs… I
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  11. 5


    Excellent program

    I take evening photos in Budapest quite a lot. This program helps me to make my picture more beautiful. The lamps become fantastic. Thanks for it. :-))
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  12. 5


    very easy to use

    I photograph a lot of lighthouses . There times when the lights have been turned on early
    and you have a wonderful sky but it is too bright for a standard long exposure at f/22 to get a nice star effect. Topaz star effects works great in this situation.
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  13. 4


    Star Effect added to jewelry

    the default sparkle could use a little help if I could place it where I want it. Getting used to the natural one would benefit in my placement of a WOW effect in jewelry. Using it with sun filtering thru the forest is great – only one direction needed in that type of shot. BUT sparkling jewelry is a challenge to focus on just the largest stone only. How could I live without any of your awesome filters in my collection.
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  14. 3


    make it better.

    it is fun but :
    you cannot place the stars, and you cannot move them.
    please fix that, then it is really fun
    wkr
    cor kuneken
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  15. 1


    Wish I could get my money back

    Least intuitive software ever. Does not work no customer service.

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    • Mr. Jones,
      We’re sorry you’re not satisfied with your purchase of Star effects, If bought through our store and you’d like a refund we’d be happy to get one processed for you. Just send us a message at help@topazlabs.com. If you purchased from any reseller just contact them and they’ll get your refunded as well. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

      Hope this helps
      Heath

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  16. 5


    Awesome Photo Editing!

    I am new to Topaz Lens and came to this site to explore! I bought this one and have been tinkering around with my photos ever since! As a landscape photographer, it is well proving itself and I will be coming back to Topaz for my editing needs! In fact, I have already took away a few other kinds of software away, other than PS. I do want to try Topaz Glow, De-Mask and Simplify in the future. Great product and thanks Topaz for providing! I will be suggesting this to other photographers I know
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  17. 5


    What a great filter

    This product is so useful.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  18. 4


    Piece of cake

    love the control of the presets. You can be obvious or subtle with your star or ring glow. Make them look real or surreal.
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  19. 5


    Отличная программа. Большое спасибо разработчикам. Очень часто не хватает маленькой изюминки на фотографии, благодаря этой программе теперь можно создать шедевр.
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    • спасибо

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  20. 2


    Results different than what you apply

    I have to agree with one of the other reviews:

    I too am disappointed in that the results are different to what you apply in the program. After you finish, and apply the effect and it opens back up in Lightroom, it is very different.. More pronounced and over done..

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  21. 3


    Too early to tell

    I’ve just started to use the topaz star filter. I’m too inexperienced to give much of a review yet. However, I also have the scarab labs filter. The Topaz product with the hide, show feature and the apply (layer) capability already has a great vote from me.

    That’s what I want! target a single light source to star.

    Learning and enjoying.

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  22. 5


    Easy to use add in.

    It gives some photos a little more pzazz.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  23. 5


    very easy to use

    very easy to use even for a rookie
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  24. 5


    Versatile

    It does offer more “tweaking” than I expected. We get stars at places I wasn’t even looking for. I love it!
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  25. 4


    great for shining accents

    Star Effects is easy to use and adds that little something special to my photos.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  26. 3


    It is not the plugin which we are going to use every day. Personally used that only once. Clearly less friendly in the use than the plugins as Restyle, or Clarity but the final result is in accordance with what is described.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  27. 5


    Go to software of choice

    When I need a starburst to lift an image Topaz Star Effects is my goto effect of choice, simple to use it fits seamelessly into my end to end processing.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  28. 5


    Great Software for "that little" Extra Punch

    Excellent little and powerful software that is simple to use and does exactly what it is
    supposed to do – add starbursts to your highlights. Very easy, inexpensive and impressive. Definitely a “must have” for those special images.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  29. 3


    Star Effects does provide different star selections. Would prefer to select location of where to place a star. Not overly enthusiastic about the program but it is easy use and can be used creatively for various effects.

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  30. 5


    Does exactly what it claims!

    This is one of the “simplest”, yet paradoxically most “complex” effects packages I have used. The presets offer a wide range of “starting points” but with many options to “personalize” the final outcome. I have already used it on several images; I was particularly impressed by the “sparkle” and “rainbow” effects I was able to add to a picture of a fountain in the middle of a street in Palma de Mallorca, subtle yet distinctive.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  31. 5


    Star effects

    It works great and easy. Love it.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  32. 5


    Easy and Fast

    This is a wonderful addition to my Topaz collection. I immediately needed an elegant star effect on an engagement ring. It was a hit with my client. Topaz makes me look good.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  33. 3


    Nice effects

    Star Effects is an app that is cool, the price is right, but it is not a show stopper. Not as easy to use as I thought
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  34. 4


    Star Struck

    Ok, so there are only a few times when you really need the star effect but when you do you can truly appreciate the speediness by which you can either add a star effect or cover up a poorly lit natural effect. I’m a landscape photographer with amateur status so I need all the help I can get. Get too much blurry sun? Add a star effect. The settings will allow you to adjust just about anything you want. Very nice. Just a bit clumsy at times with where the effects are placed. Maybe it’s just me
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  35. 4


    Very easy to use and works well with many varied media within your photos.
    I like the ability to add/enhance what I’m already doing. Would be even better if I was able to place the effect where I want it.
    Nice touch.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  36. 5


    Exciting

    This effect is brilliant, opens up so many challenges and is a delight to work with. I will be definately expanding my folio of Topaz.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  37. 5


    Easy to use. Very nice star effect. Excellent!
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  38. 4


    Very good for selective landscape photo’s and B&W photo’s
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  39. 4


    Nicely done

    I like it. Wish I could choose where to place the ‘highlights, but this is a nice product. Great results. A+++

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  40. 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

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  41. 5


    Easy, like digital diamonds.

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

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  42. 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

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  43. 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

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  44. 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

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  45. 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

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  46. 5


    STUNNING

    STUNNING EFFECTS.A GREAT SOFTWARE
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  47. 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

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  48. 3


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

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  49. 5


    plenty of stars

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

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  50. 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.
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  51. 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

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  52. 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.

    THANKS TOPAZ STAR EFFECTS.

    KEN GRANT
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  53. 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

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  54. 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

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  55. 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!

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  56. 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.