Illustrator Tutorial: Starry night

illustrator star tutorial

Learn to draw stars in Adobe Illustrator. I will be showing you the quickest way to create fast random stars using Transform Each Illustrator effect. You will be able to achieve great looking stars background in this Illustrator tutorial.

1. Create background

Select the Rectangle Tool, and draw out the background. Go to layers to lock it to prevent selecting it.

2. Add some stars

Add a new layer above the background.Using the Star Tool, draw a few stars and fill it with different shades of grey.illustrator star tool

3. Create a row of stars

Select all the stars and hold Alt/Option to drag a new copy beside it. Repeat it by pressing Ctrl+D/Command+D until you get a row of stars.

4. Fill the background with stars

Select the row of stars. Using the same method above we repeat it downwards until our background is filled with stars.


5. Create random stars

Go Object>Transform>Transform Each. Check the random option. Set both Scale (Horizontal and Vertical) the same value to make it proportion. Make sure the Scale is smaller to 50% to make it smaller. Select a random figure for move to make the stars offset it’s current position. Finally, Set Rotate to 360 to give it a random rotation. Now we have the image below.


6. Final touchup

Select all the stars and and Transform Again (Ctrl/Command+D) to repeat the random stars transformation until we achieve the effect we like. Hope you enjoy this star tutorial!

illustrator star field

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    Mark December 12th

    Cool Tip~

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    Watch Reaper Online January 6th

    celestial sky! how lovely. thank you.

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    Adam January 6th

    Reaper: You’re spot on. These are some beautiful “web 2.0” stars 🙂 !

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    Joe January 10th

    Very cool! Also works well with snow, confetti, etc. Thanks!!

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    Jayesh February 28th

    neatness in Randomness

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    Shell March 28th

    Helpful tips. Thank you 🙂

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    hfng April 30th

    Very useful tip. Better than using the symbol sprayer which is hard to control.

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    Katy June 17th

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge – I’m a student, and I appreciate your time and effort. Thank you.

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    Tonio July 29th

    Cool. Thanks.

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    tgrand September 4th

    it was confusing but i got it

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    AF Graphics October 9th

    Thank you so much!! this was very straightforward, easy and I absolutely love the effect!!!

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    Andre Raymond October 16th

    simple tricks that give powerful solution.
    thanks for the tutorial 🙂

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    Sarah Lewis November 5th

    Thanks very much for this tutorial. I knew there had to be an easy way to make a starry sky, but couldn’t figure it out on my own. This is exactly what I was looking for!

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    Robolasse November 5th

    Very nice 🙂

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    Oscar Godson November 24th

    Awesome! This is perfect. So much better then the sprayer.

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    VortiiX March 1st

    Thnx for another great tutorial 🙂 I just started with illustrator, love it.

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    ormid14 April 23rd

    Thanks!! 🙂

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    Film Électrique May 20th

    Very awesome !! woooohoo

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    Snippet July 17th

    I always wanted to learn how to do this! Now I know. Thanks so much. Your GREAT!

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    yarijik August 20th

    Very useful tip, thanks

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    driver16 October 22nd

    If you want to ensure the survival of your printed product, you need to create a product that is both necessary and sufficient. ,

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    PsdDude May 4th

    Very nice and useful too 🙂

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    Afnida May 11th

    NICE tuts… keep sharing ! Superrr idea 🙂

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    dalila August 8th

    this is exactly what i’m searching for thanks

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    Aeyri January 24th

    Thanks! This is exactly what I needed and worked beautifully 🙂 Bookmarking.

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    KHOKON August 7th

    Nice tutorial. Thanks for share.

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    Joanna January 4th

    this is brilliant thank you!