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How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

This tutorial is an example of how a few simple techniques can be used to create an amazing space scene using multiple layers, masking, the Brush tool, some basic lighting and one simple noise texture. Using the processes here, you will be able to apply the same techniques to create your own look. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop CS5 with the size 1920px by 1200px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill with #090F27 color the new background layer.

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Next we’ll create a new layer.
Set Fill to 0% for this layer and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Gradient Overlay.

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Now we have to represent the rays on the canvas by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) with the size 1200px by 1200px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch.

Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Gradient Overlay.

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

The new layer we’ve got needs to be rasterized. In this case create a new layer above the previous one and select them both in Layers panel. Then press CTRL+E to Merge Down and finally apply the next filter for the rasterized layer: Filter > Distort > Wave.

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use on the layer also Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates.

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Then insert the rays’ layer on our first document we’ve made. Choose the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to stretch out the rays along the canvas’s size.

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 9% for this layer and change the Blending mode to Divide.

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill the layer with #28828F color.

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 50% for this layer and change the Blending mode to Hard Light.

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Click Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Curves to adjust the curve shape as shown to make a little color corrections.

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer again and apply here the Soft Round brush to paint the background with #FF00CB.

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 80% for this layer and change the Blending mode to Lighten.

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Next we’ll represent one more new layer and apply here the same brush, but of a smaller diameter and have a multiple click on the central part of the canvas. The brush’s color is white (brush Opacity – 20%).

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Using the Ellipse Tool (U), we’ll represent an ellipse now.

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 0% for this layer and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Stroke.

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Let’s rasterize now the layer containing the ellipse element the way we did earlier. On the rasterized layer apply the next filter: Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur.

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 30% for this layer.

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer, applying on it the Hard Round brush of white color to represent many small circles. In this case we need to use the brush with different diameters and Opacity value.

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 50% for this layer and change the Blending mode to Overlay.

How to Create an Amazing Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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