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In this tutorial, I will tell you in detail how to use the functions of Photoshop in creating stars, planets, nebula, and combine them into a unified and harmonious composition, color adjustments and more. You will learn a lot of useful and interesting techniques for space-art and Photoshop. See this tutorial and learn how easy it is!
Preview of Final Results
First, we'll create a color background and add little stars to make the depth for the image. Then I will show you how to create a nebula and star brushes. The next step will be the creation of the planets, mounting it, and various effects. At the end of this tutorial, I will show you how to make dark matter and add lighting effects. I want to warn you that all in this tutorial (colors, shapes, sizes, types of brushes, and so on) are given for my artwork. You can try and experiment with everything. Because this tutorial aims to develop your creative skills and thinking. Feel free to go for it! You will need any version of Photoshop, inspiration, and a bit of attentiveness.
- Planet texture - MariaSemelevich
- Galactic Space Brushes Set - drkzin
- Sky stock - affen92
- Asteroid Ring Stock Pack - Euderion
Launch Photoshop and begin to create! Create a new document. Go to File > New or the short key Cmd /Ctrl+ N. A blank document with a size of 4000 pixels wide and 2000 pixels high, resolution 200 Pixels/Inch, Background Contents: Other (black color (# 000000)).
The first thing I did a colored background. Create new layer, used icon on Layer panel (or Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + N). Select Brush Tool (B) on Toolbar and set the settings Size: 900px, Opacity: 100%, Hardness: 0%, Flow: 100%. I chose tints of blue and green color in Swatches panel (Colors: # 005952, # 003663, # 002157). Arbitrarily drew a few spots across the entire width of the working area.
To mix and make the colors more smooth, I added a filter "Gaussian Blur" (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur...). Set Radius: 300px. Set Opacity: 76% to colored layer.
To create a volume for the background, I added stars. Create new layer, used icon on Layer panel (or Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + N) and Fill it a Black color. Press D, then X on keyboard to set Background color to Black. Use Cmd/Ctrl + Del to fill layer.