Create a Mysterious Scene with Planets

Create a Mysterious Scene with Planets
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Rotate the planet 90º to the right, like this:
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Now we have to put this layer behind the field layer. To do that, just click and drag this layer below the other one.
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Now we’re going to increase the size of this image so it can fill our whole canvas. Hold Shift, click on the top right corner of the image and drag it on the direction of the arrow:
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After scaling the image, drag it down by clicking anywhere inside the rectangle and dragging everything down. Check the image below for reference.
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So here’s the result of this step:
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And this is how your layers panel should be looking like:
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Step 4:Adding the first planet

In this step we’re going to add the big planet into our project. Because we are working with smart objects, we can easily do this by creating a copy of our cosmos layer. Drag the cosmos layer into the button highlighted in the image below to create a copy of it.
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Now hit Ctrl/Cmd+T to bring up the Free Transform Tool (or go to Edit->Free Transform). To reveal the planet, all we have to do is drag this layer up, like this:
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Let’s select the only part of the layer we want to work with (the planet itself) and delete the rest of it. To do that, select the Elliptical Marquee Tool (Shortcut: M).
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Now we have to make a perfect round selection of the planet. Take a look at the instructions in the image below and try to make the selection as accurate as possible.
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With the selection made, create a new layer mask in the image by clicking on the “Add Layer Mask” button.
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Here’s the result:
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And here’s how your layers panel should be right now:
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Step 5: Adding the second planet

To add our second planet into the project, follow the same process we did before. Go to File -> Place and select the “cosmos1_0001.jpeg” image.
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Drag the image up a little bit so we can make a selection around this new planet.
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Select the Elliptical Marquee Tool again (Shortcut M) and repeat the same steps we did with the other planet to select this one.
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With the selection made, create a new layer mask in this layer by clicking on the “Add Layer Mask” button.
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Here’s the result:
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Now we’re going to have to resize, move and rotate the planet. To do that, use the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl/Cmd+T) and check the images below: · Remember to always hold Shift while scaling to maintain the proportions
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After resizing it, drag the planet to this position:
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The final step is to rotate the planet. With the Free Transform Tool still activated, rotate the planet (click and drag outside the rectangle) based on the instructions in the image below: · You don’t have to hold Shift while rotating this time
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Here’s the final result in our image and in our layers panel:
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Step 6: Improving our layers

Before we continue let’s arrange our layer in a better way. To start off, change the names of all ours layers to something that represent them (so we don’t get lost in the future). To change the name of a layer simply double click on its name. Here’s how I renamed my layers:
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After you’ve renamed all of your layers, select all of them (click on the first one, hold Shift and click on the last one) and drag them to the “Create new Group” button.

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15 comments on “Create a Mysterious Scene with Planets”

  1. HOW CAN I GET THE BIG BLUE PLANET AND THE BUSHES? I'M PRESSING ON THE RESOURCES BUT I CAN'T FIND THEM? KINDLY, REPLY FAST.

  2. When you are making custom brush, before you press define brush preset, do this - ( your shape will be automatically changed to grayscale mode when you'll define it as brush preset) so go to black and white and adjust object cause you won't have that opportunity after brush is created.

  3. Hi, nice tutorial, but... I have one question.
    How do you make the brush like you use in this tutorial?
    it is almost without shape, some kind of transparency. Perfect to work with, especially this type of pictures.

    1. U open picture then go to Edit -> Define Brush
      If its grayed out then image size it to 2500px max width & height

    2. Play with the opacity and brush shape. Make sure the hardness is at 0%. He is using a tablet I think, so unless you have a tablet also you will not be able to get the brushstrokes that perfect (at least, I couldn't).

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