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Freebies: High Res Sunbursts (Free Download)

Designing Shouldn’t be a Hassle

Sunbursts are a really popular element in modern design, so it always amazes me how hard it is to find a suitable and free sunburst image to use in your designs. Not only is it hard to find a sunburst image, but when you do there is usually something wrong with it. Either there are too many ‘rays’, or too few, the image is too small, there isn’t a .psd file offered so any effects/filters you apply to the image will also effect the background, and so on…. All of this means more work for YOU, the designer.

That’s why I’ve come up with a simple set of sunburst images to help you (and me!), save some time browsing stock image sites. This set is not only offered free, but at HIGH RES (all images are over 1000px X 1000px in dimension), with a varied number of rays (you will see below the set includes an image with 10 rays, 20 rays and 40 rays). Best of all the images are available for download from their original .psd files, so you can forget about that annoying background and copy/paste your sunbursts into whatever document you like in a matter of seconds!

10 Ray Sunburst:

20 Ray Sunburst:

40 Ray Sunburst:

It’s as Easy as ‘Gradient Overlay’!

Seeing as the sunbursts in these .psd files are separate from their backgrounds it’s as easy as applying a filter or gradient overlay to achieve some really nice effects!

You can access this freebie and hundreds more in your Designer Toolkit area. Access the area below:

About the Author:

Tom is the founder of PSDFAN. He loves writing tutorials, learning more about design and interacting with the community. On a more interesting note he can also play guitar hero drunk with his teeth.

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  1. beets says:

    yay! freebies! :D

    thanks Tom, and good job doing them as seperate layers… nice touch. :)

  2. twopo says:

    Great Tom

  3. Tom says:

    No problem guys :) The separate layers thing is probably the most useful aspect, I’m personally really sick of having to cut out stock images such as these ones.

    By the way feel free to Digg/Stumble at your discretion ;)

  4. Randomness says:

    Woot! Thanks man. Free (useful) stuff is always awesome…but where is the tutorial on how to make sunbursts ;)

  5. Tom says:

    I actually used the technique from my music wallpaper tut, where I just created one segment, then duplicated it and rotated it around a middle point many times.

  6. beets says:

    you can also make a bunch of vertical bars and apply Distort > Polar Coordinates. ;)

  7. Tom says:

    Thanks beets! This is what this site is really about, I want to learn stuff from my visitors as much as writing tutorials for them :) That would have been a big time saver for me.

  8. Britt says:

    Wow, thank you so much. I’ve been looking for something exactly like this for such a long time!

    Great site by the way, I found you through a link to your laptop ad tutorial from another blog on DesignFloat. Glad I found you.

  9. Tom says:

    No problem Britt! I’m glad that you’re enjoying the site, I should be posting another set of freebies in the next couple of days.

  10. Alen says:

    Very nice. Thanks.

  11. Cindy says:

    These are awesome! Thanks so much for your generosity in sharing your designs!

  12. Asuka says:

    That rocks! I love “starburts” shapes and can’t make theme. this is great.

  13. Tom says:

    Thanks for the support guys, I’m glad that you liked them!

  14. Great. Thanks for share !

  15. explorerpro says:

    mediafire page error

  16. Tom says:

    ExplorerPro: I’m not getting that problem, is anyone else?

  17. Thanks. Really handy for future projects.

  18. Tom says:

    No problem Sundownproject, I’ve found them very useful myself :)

  19. jamie says:

    cheers man….these will help…also got fed up with cutting out : )

  20. John says:

    Thanks for these will come in handy

  21. [...] I grab a sunburst graphic from my Free Sunbursts Set and paste it onto a new layer above my typewriter layer. Then I set the layer blend mode to [...]

  22. Rahul says:

    Nice Sunbursts. This will really come in handy for me.

  23. intofotos says:

    Thanks so much for these. Solved my problem and for that I am truly grateful. Appreciate your generosity.

  24. oes tsetnoc says:

    the sunburst effects are easy to understand and looks very cool and wonderful.

  25. comxmc says:

    Thanks Tom.

  26. nicole says:

    thank you Tom!
    I absolutely need these image!

  27. Lovely, and sure to come in handy. Your talent and generosity are off the scale, Tom– thank you!

  28. Christine R says:

    Thanks guys. Generous… and high quality. Rare!

  29. Chris says:

    Thank you!

  30. Merran says:

    Thanks so much for providing these. Much appreciated.

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