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Sci-Fi Space Cave Scene Photoshop Tutorial
- Star Field 2
- Alien Man 1
- Alien Man 2
- Hole Through the Wall
- Cosmonaut 2
- Cosmonaut 1
- Dark Stone Field
Open the file “Stars field“. This will be our background. Let’s add a Sun to it. First, create a new layer and name it “Sun”. You can put these two layers into a group named “Background” to keep your layers organized.
With the “Sun” layer selected, select the Elliptical Marquee tool and draw a small circle. Fill this circle with a light yellow color.
Add an outer glow effect using the same light yellow color. To add the Outer Glow layer style, go to Layer > Layer Style > Outer Glow.
Open the file “Hole through the wall”. Go to Select > All then copy the image to your clipboard (Ctrl/Cmd+C or Edit > Copy). Close this file and go back to the original document. Go to Edit > Paste and Photoshop will paste the image as a new layer in your document.
Open the file “Alien man 1” and create a selection of the stone figure using any of the selection tools. Copy and paste it into your document. You’ll get a new layer with the stone. Name this layer “Upper Effigy”.
Desaturate this layer (Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+U or Image > Adjustments > Desaturate). Resize and position it above the wall entrance using the Free Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd+T or Edit > Free Transform).
Add a Bevel and Emboss layer style (Layer > New Layer Style > Bevel and Emboss) with the settings shown in the image below.
Create a new layer and position it as the top layer. Use the Brush tool to paint a red dot in the upper middle of the stone.
Apply the layer styles shown in the images below to the current layer. You can access the Layer Styles window by going to Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options.
Rename this layer to “Button” and place the top two layers into a group called “Effigy1”.
Here’s what our image currently looks like.
Duplicate the group “Effigy” 6 times. You can duplicate a group by dragging the group into the new layer button in the Layers palette.
For variety, you can change the button color for each effigy by adding a Color Overlay layer style. To do this, select any one of the 7 Button layers that you want to edit then go to Layer > Layer Style > Color Overlay.
Open the file “Alien man 2” then make a selection of the central stone figure. To do this, select the Lasso tool and create a rough selection around the stone.
Next, select the Magic Wand tool and while holding down the Alt/Option key on your keyboard, click around the stone to deselect the areas.
Finally, use the Refine Edge tool (Select > Refine Edge) to enhance the selection. Use the Smart Radius feature to enhance the selection.
Copy (Ctrl/Cmd+C) the selected area then close the document. Go back to the original document and paste it. Photoshop will paste this image as a new layer.
Using the Free Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd+T or Edit > Free Transform), resize and position the stone like shown in the image below. Desaturate the layer (Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+U or Image > Adjustments > Desaturate).