“It’s the ship that made the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs. I’ve outrun Imperial starships. Not the local bulk cruisers, mind you. I’m talking about the big Corellian ships, now. She’s fast enough for you, old man.” — Han Solo

This oft-cited quote is the legendary Han Solo in a nutshell, combining his roguish arrogance with the fact that he can usually back up his confident words with actions.

In this Photoshop tutorial we learn how to create a Star Wars attack scene. First we added a background, then add some adjustment layers. Next added robots and spaceships and blended with some adjustment layers. Finaly add fog and gradient map. For last effect wee added Camera Raw filter.

Preview of Final Image

Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Now, let’s start by creating a new image file, go to the Menu bar and click File > New, and then input the following values on their respective fields

  • Preset: Custom
  • Width: 5080px
  • Height: 2859px
  • Resolution: 300px
  • Color Mode: RGB Color 8 bit
  • Background Contents: Transparent

Step 2

Now, place Background photo Go to File > Place and select Mountains. Then place it to our work canvas. Then position the image with the transform tool (Ctrl / Cmd + T). Hold Alt + Shift and rasterize like the image below. In Photoshop CC only hold Alt to rasterize all sides together.

Next select layer and create layer mask, then use Brush Tool(B) Soft Round with foreground color black and paint on sky and sun to delete it.

Step 3

Add Adjustment Layer “Levels”

Step 4

Add Adjustment Layer “Color Balance” Opacity set to 50%.

Step 5

Add Adjustment Layer “Curves” and press Ctrl/Cmd + I to invert and use Brush Tool(B) Soft Round with foreground color white and paint the highlights parts.

Step 6

Next, select landscape layer and go to File > Open and select planet photo stock. Use Rectangular Marquee Tool(M). With the Rectangular Marquee tool, drag over the area you want to select. Hold down Shift as you drag to constrain the marquee to(release the mouse button before you release Shift to keep the selection shape constrained).

After the selection area has been created, simply copy (Ctrl / Cmd + C) and Paste (Ctrl / Cmd + V) it below the mountains layer. Then position the image with the transform tool (Ctrl / Cmd + T). Hold Alt + Shift and resterize like image below. In Photoshop CC only hold Alt to resterize al sides together.

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6 responses to “Create a Star Wars Scene Photoshop Tutorial”

  1. Student Avatar

    Does anyone know if this tutorial is good? I’m at step 5 and struggling to understand what it’s asking me to do. If anyone has already beat this challenge please let me know, it would help wonders.

    1. Another Student Avatar
      Another Student

      Hey Student,

      I’m currently up to step 21, and have found the tutorial becomes a lot easier to understand. My design currently looks spectacular, and this ‘challenge’ has almost been conquered. I truly believe if you put your mind to this, then you can do it.

      With the kindest regards,
      Another Student

    2. Different Student Avatar
      Different Student

      Yeah I agree with everything you just said whole heartedly

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  3. Jeffrey Avatar

    Looks good thank you

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