Create a Mysterious Scene with Planets

Create a Mysterious Scene with Planets
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Set the radius to 80px.
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And this is the result:
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Now we’re going to start adding some colors to our image. The process will be a little bit tedious and repetitive, but the bright side is that is really easy to do, and is basically what we just did above. We’re going to create a new layer, add some color to it, soften the effect with a Gaussian Blur, and do it all over again for the next layer. To speed up this process make sure you try to use these shortcuts:
  • Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+Alt/Opt+N to create a new layer
  • Ctrl/Cmd+G to create a new group
Also, if you have a tablet make sure you use it, because it will make your life a lot more easy thanks to the ability to control the opacity of the brush in real time while painting. If you don’t have a tablet don’t worry, follow these tips to help you with this part:
  • Always use a brush wih 0% hardness
  • Leave the opacity low (20~50%)
  • Don’t do long strokes with the brush, try to do lots of short ones
  • Ctrl/Cmd+Z will undo the last stroke
  • Use Ctrl/Cmd+Alt/Opt+Z to undo more than one stroke
  • When applying the Gaussian blur, feel free to try new values for the radius
  • If you think the effect is too strong even after applying the Gaussian Blur, reduce the opacity of the layer to around 50~75%
  • And last but not least: DO NOT RUSH and have fun!
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To change your foreground color double click the little color square on the left panel. The easiest way to change your color is to type the hex code (highlighted below) on your color picker.
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With that color selected, and using the layer we just created, try to paint something like this in your image:
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Apply a Gaussian blur of 80px.
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And this is the result:
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Now just keep following the same pattern for the rest of this step
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We’re going to paint with pure white in this step. To quickly access white press D and then X.
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Don’t worry about the darkening of the image, I did that in some of the steps to make it easier for you to see where I’ve painted.
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And by the end of this step, your image should be similar to this one. Remember: your image doesn’t need to be exactly like mine, just similar.

Step 10: Painting the forest

Now we’re going to paint the right side of our image, the forest. The colors will be similar to the ones we used on the left part of it, and the process will be exactly the same. Before we start, just for organization sake, create a new group and name it Forest.
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Create a new layer, place it inside the group we just created and you’re good to go.
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To create the effect of lighting travelling between the trees, let’s use a Motion Blur instead of a Gaussian Blur. Go to Filter->Blur->Motion Blur.
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Set the angle to -28º and the Distance to 300px.
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And here’s our nice little effect:
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Again, don’t worry about the darkening of the image, it’s just to help you see where I’ve painted.
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To finish off this step, let’s create a layer mask in this group so we can correct some parts of the image. Select the Forest group, and click on the “Add layer mask” button.
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Now paint with black the areas that we don’t want to be affected by the lighting, like the tree trunks of the trees in the front. Check the image below, where I highlighted with red the areas that I painted.

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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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