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Make a Color Balance layer within this group to change spaceships color:

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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:

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Pay attention to directions and light opacity as these spaceships have different positions and distances from the light source.

This is result we have:

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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%:

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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):

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I add Inner Shadow for each asteroid layer to create some light for them:

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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:

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Create a Curves layer within asteroid group to change their color:

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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:

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Fill this selection with color #81cafa then use layer mask or eraser to get a similar look below:

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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”.

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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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Continue with a new layer and use soft white brush with small size to paint like below and set the mode as Overlay 100%:

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

  1. anonymous Avatar
    anonymous

    I tried to open the links for the Photoshop tutorial but none of them are opening Can anyone help

  2. salaman Avatar
    salaman

    This is honestly such a bad tutorial. It leaves so much out and is very hard to understand.

  3. samantha Avatar
    samantha

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

  4. Bestonlinegamesnews Avatar
    Bestonlinegamesnews

    best mmo super fan

  5. the unknown Avatar
    the unknown

    This is Amazing, may I post my work of this? of course ill leave the link aswell

  6. Jhon mike Avatar
    Jhon mike

    I have learned many advanced technique . Thanks for share .

  7. Joynul Abedin Avatar
    Joynul Abedin

    Really very informative tutorial i have learned many thing from this tutorial .

  8.  Avatar
    Anonymous

    The Galaxy link seems to not be working.

  9. Maidul Islam Avatar
    Maidul Islam

    I like the idea of this tutorial, it’s very creative and the result looks great.thanks for sharing.

  10. freeza Avatar
    freeza

    awesome tut cant wait to try it out on my own, how ever the galaxy image is broken link :-(

  11. fifa Avatar
    fifa

    the galaxy link is broken! please fix it.

    1. Lyzbil Avatar
      Lyzbil

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

  12. Jerralyn Tanoc Avatar
    Jerralyn Tanoc

    Wow! Very impressive Photoshop tutorial easy to follow thanks!

  13. kyle Avatar
    kyle

    hey, the galaxy link is broken, can you update it or something i have no idea how to get it

  14. Pascal Avatar
    Pascal

    The galaxy stock link is broken.

  15. potato Avatar
    potato

    the galaxy link is broken! please fix it

  16. Paradox Avatar
    Paradox

    The Galaxy (last link) is broken… please fix it :(

  17. zahra Avatar
    zahra

    hellp video photoshop

  18. Joshua Avatar
    Joshua

    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

  19. aw3some Avatar
    aw3some

    looks awesome

    1. aw3some Avatar
      aw3some

      What should a beginner work on?

  20. Nemanja Avatar
    Nemanja

    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

    1. Nemanja Avatar
      Nemanja

      I found it. I need glasses for correction. ;D

  21. aungthanmdy Avatar
    aungthanmdy

    thank you.

  22. Nick Avatar
    Nick

    Where is the rest? Awesome so far…but the tutorial seems to end 1/3 of the way through. Am I crazy?

    1. Nick Avatar
      Nick

      Nevermind, total fail on my part.

  23. lakshman Avatar
    lakshman

    Amazing

  24. Jimmy Avatar
    Jimmy

    Amazing, espectacular el producto final…

  25. Sanctus Avatar
    Sanctus

    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.

  26. aakaashrajesh Avatar
    aakaashrajesh

    the end result was awesome but the stary sky was different from yours.

  27. Strong Avatar
    Strong

    Very nice image but starry sky stock broken link =(

    1. Photoshop Tutorials Editor Avatar
      Photoshop Tutorials Editor

      Thanks Strong! We’ve updated the link with the correct one: http://nighthawk101stock.deviantart.com/art/Starry-Night-199305408

  28.  Avatar
    Anonymous

    This is very good experience to me learn about the photo shop very good.

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