The toolbar at the top of the Photoshop window should change, to show all theshape icons lined up as buttons, and a little drop-down arrow next to thecustom shape button. Click that arrow, and you’ll have options for the polygontool.4.
Make sure “star” is checked, and set the indentation from 90-97%. Acrossfrom the shape icons, you’ll see a text box for putting in the number of sides.With “star” checked, this becomes the number of points for your star. UsuallyI’d go with 4, but there’s room for creativity.5.
Make sure it’s set up to draw as paths instead of shapes (little button to the farleft of that top menu with a pen nib in it) and drag on the canvas to draw yourstar.6.
In the paths menu, convert the path to selection and fill the selection with aradial gradient (foreground to transparent) set to screen mode at 65% opacity.For a dawn/dusk sky effect (if this is going to be a star in the sky), make thestar the colour of your sky. Repeat the gradient to make the star brighter in themiddle until you think it’s bright enough.7.
With a large soft brush set to the same colour and at screen mode with 65%opacity. Click in the middle of the star shape to add a nice glow, repeat if necessary. This will be easier with a digital tablet. If you don’t have a tablet,you can use the gradient tool for the glow. If using a tablet, make the brush abit smaller, press softly and make circular swirling motions with the pen.