How to Create an Amazing Space Battle Scene in Photoshop

How to Create an Amazing Space Battle Scene in Photoshop
Make a new layer and set foreground to white. Use space brushes ( galaxy one, number 1262 or for your taste) and paint on picture as shown below:
Hit Cmd/Ctrl+T to transform its direction to fit the galaxy created before:
Add layer mask for this layer and any unwanted parts with soft black brush:

Step 8

Come back with nebula stock. I copy a part from this image and move it into our main picture, transform it ( use Cmd/Ctrl+T and Warp Tool - choose Edit-Transform-Warp) as shown below:
Lower opacity to 50% and use layer mask to remove rough edges:
Name this layer as "galaxy center". Add an adjustment layer for this part with Clipping Mask to create a suitable color for the rest of galaxy ( look at step 3 if you forgot how to make a layer with Clipping Mask). Go to Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Curves:

Step 9

Extract spaceship and place it near foreground and downsize it :
Call it "spaceship 1". Duplicate this ship three time, transform and resize them into different movements. Position them at two edges of picture and name them from "spaceship 2" to "spaceship 4":
Make group for all spaceship ones. For spaceship 1 I add a layer with Clipping Mask and use soft black brush to paint on its bottom to darken it. Put the mode as Soft Light 100%:
Make a Color Balance layer within this group to change spaceships color:

Step 10

I aim to make the main light source come from galaxy so the spaceships must get some reflected light from it. I add light for them by Inner Shadow effect. Right click each spaceship layer, choose Blending Options:
Pay attention to directions and light opacity as these spaceships have different positions and distances from the light source. This is result we have:
Make a new layer within spaceships group. Use soft white brush to paint on the top of spaceship 2 and 3 as I think they need to be a bit brighter. Put the mode as Soft Light 50%:

Step 11

As asteroid stock has a transparent background so you just need to use Move Tool to drag it into our canvas. I duplicate it three times, resize and transform them into different movements, and place at two edges of picture. To get rid of the same look I add layer mask for some asteroid layers and use hard black brush ( hardness about 90-95%) to erase some asteroids ( don't use soft brush as it will leave a soft unatural edges):
I add Inner Shadow for each asteroid layer to create some light for them:

Step 12

Make group for these asteroid layers. The asteroids still look too dark so for each asteroid layer, I add a Brightness/Contrast layer ( Clipping Mask) to reduce their contrast:
Create a Curves layer within asteroid group to change their color:

Step 13

In next steps we'll make spaceship trails. Make a new layer on the top. Use Polygonal Lasso Tool to make a selection at the bottom of spaceship 1 as shown below and set feather for it as 3:
Fill this selection with color #81cafa then use layer mask or eraser to get a similar look below:
Duplicate it three times and position them at the bottom of other spaceships, remember to change the size and direction to fit these spaceship ones. Call these layers from "trail 1" to "trail 4".

Step 14

Make a new layer and use soft brush with same color (#81cafa ). Paint in the center of these trails and change the mode to Overlay 100%:

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34 comments on “How to Create an Amazing Space Battle Scene in Photoshop”

  1. This tutorial is absolutely terrible! It does not explain how to do most of it and just assumes that you know how to.

    1. I don't think the link is broken, it looks like the picture has been removed from that site :(

  2. I have problems with step 2... "merge all transparent layers." I can not do that!...How to remove black background photo of the planet? I mean, the planet without the black background

  3. Why i can't see whole tutorial ?
    i can't see more that step 6.
    I can't see ships, asteroids, and high light at middle.
    Help me. :P

  4. yeah, I'm stuck at Step 2, how do you hide the black background. The source file I get is a .jpg file, not .psd file.

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