Create a New File and set the dimensions for 1024X768 Pixels
Fill it with Black. Tools-->Paint Tools-->Bucket Fill
Create a New Layer and name it "Gradient"
Select the Gradient Tool
Settings for the Gradient are...
-Foreground to Transparent (FG-Transparent)
-Select a foreground color (any)
Click and Drag from left to right (not quite at the edges) to create a gradient on your "Gradient Layer"
Create another Layer and name it "SHAPE".
Select the "Brush" Tool and change the color to WHITE.
In the Paintbrush Tool Options change the Brush Shape to a Star and the Size to 400
Make a Star on the right side of your window (double check to make sure you are on your SHAPE layer)
Right Click (or Control Click) on your SHAPE Layer. Select "Add Layer Mask". Initialize to White (full opacity) and click ADD. You will notice a withe image layer appear next to your SHAPE Layer--That is your layer mask.
Select your Gradient Tool. Be sure that in your Tool Options it says that your gradient is Foreground to Transparent (FG to Transparent). Also be sure that your Foreground color is set to Black. Click and drag from right to left on your shape to create a gradient.
Apply the Gradient to the Layer Mask (Right Click or CONTROL Click on your layer and select "Apply Layer Mask"
Add a Guideline to help align your SHAPES (these will not be visible at the end)
Put your Pointer (mouse) over the top ruler on your window. Click and drag the Guide down until it is at the bottom of your shape.
Decrease the OPACITY of your SHAPE layer to make it more transparent.
Duplicate your SHAPE layer. Name it "SHAPE 2" to keep yourself organized.
1.) Right Click on your SHAPE layer and select "Duplicate Layer".
2.) Double click on the "SHAPE copy" text to rename it
3.) Reposition your SHAPE 2 next to your original SHAPE layer using your move tool (see below)
Repeat this step until you have 5 SHAPE layers (don't forget to name each of the layers)
Create a New Layer (Layer-->New Layer)
Name it SHAPE 6 with the layer fill type set as "Transparency"
With your Brush Tool, add another SHAPE and bring the Opacity down like you did the other layers.
Be sure your layers are in order in your "Layers" Window
Duplicate your SHAPE 6 layer to create a SHAPE 7 layer. Rename it, SHAPE 7, and move it slightly to the left.