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Planets Colliding in Our Galaxy Photoshop Tutorial

Tutorials Photo Manipulation 57419 Views February 21st, 2011

In this tutorial I will show you a simple way to create a fantasy photo manipulation with two planets almost colliding. This tutorial needs intermediate Photoshop skills. I will show you useful things like how to create a galaxy effect using stars, nebula, light brushes. You will also learn how to shape and texture a planet and much more. I hope you like it so Let's start!

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Step 1 Download the Resources

Before we begin you have to download the stock images and resources that we are going to use in this tutorial.

Planet Texture
Star Field
Landscape
Galaxy Brushes
Comet Brushes
Star Brushes
Galaxy Nebula

Step 2  Add Star Field Stock Image



Create a new psd file. Because I intend to make an wallpaper from this image I will create a new file with the size 1920x1200px. This is actually one of the wallpaper's standard sizes. Copy the Stars Field Stock Image and call this layer Stars Layer. This is our initial scene.




Step 3  Add The Landscape



First copy the Landscape Stock Image into your file. Resize it to 50% to fit into place. Press Ctrl+T again this time lock the width, because we will change only the height to 70% (vertical scale).



You can see that there is an unpleasant area where the Star Layer and the Landscape Layer meet. So to fix that, add a Layer Mask to the Landscape layer. There is a little button on the Layers Tab. With a Soft Round Brush, color black, opacity 80% paint over the area that you want to blend.



You can see the image before and after adding the layer mask.



We will change this layer in the next steps while the other elements are added.

Step 4  Galaxy Nebula Stock Image



copy the Galaxy Nebula Stock Images into another layer called Nebula Layer. Resize it to 50% and duplicate it. Place the 2 nebula layers as shown in the image. Change the blending mode from Normal to Lighten, opacity 50%. With a round size brush, use the eraser tool to fix the little blending problems.



Step 5  Create a Planet in Photoshop from Texture



Before going further with the lighting, colors and other adjustments I want to add two planets that are almost colising.
Create a new layer, called Planet Texture. Copy the planet texture stock image and resize it to 50%. With the Eliptical Marquee Tool selected, press Shift to draw a circle selection. Select Inverse and remove to have only the circle.



Use Hue/Saturation to change the color and the lightness of the texture with following settings:

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26 comment(s) for "Planets Colliding in Our Galaxy Photoshop Tutorial"

john
7:00 AM Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The big size image looks great, thank you so much for this tut! reply
Chang Wong
Chang Wong
7:00 AM Thursday, March 31, 2011
Beautiful, your tutorial very easy to understand, thanks for this tutorial. I love it reply
Ibrahim Khalil
Ibrahim Khalil
7:00 AM Thursday, April 07, 2011
It is difficult to learn. Because don't show in practical as tools. reply
PsdDude
7:00 AM Friday, April 08, 2011
I really don't understand Ibrahim, you want me to explain more detailed how the Tools work?
I am planning to create a beginner's section but I don't really have the time to do as much as I wish to do :( reply
PsdDude
7:00 AM Monday, April 11, 2011
Hi Richard,
your image looks great. If you have that kind of skills after just a few weeks of learning I guess pretty soon you will be better than me :)
Keep up the good work! reply
Richard Outram
Richard Outram
7:00 AM Thursday, April 14, 2011
Hi psdDude, Thank you for your comment, i hope one day im as good as you, most of the work in the pic was down to such a easy to follow tutorial tho. Thank you again, im now going to go look around your site and find another tutorial to do :-) reply
PsdDude
7:00 AM Friday, April 15, 2011
:-D thanks Richard
reply
joe
joe
7:00 AM Thursday, May 19, 2011
this is terrible. all you did was use a two pictures and a few preset brushes. does not take any skill at all reply
PsdDude
7:00 AM Thursday, May 19, 2011
Hi Joe,

usually I don't approve comments from people that input a fake email.

Thank you for posting your comment, but I disagree with it.

imho this tutorial is quite well explained and can help people that want to learn Photoshop - the main purpo reply
PhotshopBegginer
PhotshopBegginer
7:00 AM Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Hey Dude! Just wanna say that AMAZING tutorials made by you here!! love them all! you make it so simple and easy for beginners like me :] and i wanna thank you for that! reply
PSDDude
7:00 AM Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Hi PhotshopBegginer,
I am so happy that you like my tutorials.
Thank you for being a friend of our blog :)
reply
Web Design Sheffield
7:00 AM Thursday, May 26, 2011
I very much dig this tutorial and not just the tutorial too. I also love the magnificent artwork. I just a sucker when it comes to this kind of design and setting. reply
PSDDude
7:00 AM Thursday, May 26, 2011
:) thank you! reply
nic
nic
7:00 AM Thursday, July 21, 2011
I LOVE YOU. reply
PsdDude
7:00 AM Friday, July 22, 2011
wow, I'm honored!
Thank you :) reply
Richard Outram
Richard Outram
5:26 PM Wednesday, September 28, 2011
just want to say thank you for the tutorial, ive been learning photoshop for a few weeks and i find these tutorials very helpful. here is a link to mine http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae162/Ricco85/galaxy-baby.jpg

not as good as yours tho lol

T reply
Taria
Taria
7:31 AM Tuesday, January 10, 2012
very nice tutorial, it's something I will try soon, after I find a tut on how to make dark banners, blending images into said dark banners and so on..LOL. But I will be saving this for later. reply
PSDDude
7:37 AM Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Thanks Taria,
please upload your work result, I would love to see it :) reply
Web Designer
1:08 PM Sunday, January 29, 2012
Of the panoply of wesibte I????????ve pored over this has the most veracity. reply
chase
chase
10:59 AM Wednesday, February 01, 2012
hi i need help with the 3rd step I am confused on how to make it blend to the star and landscape do not look so rough reply
PSDDude
11:57 AM Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Hi chase,

You have to add a Layer Mask to the Landscape layer. There is a little button on the Layers Tab. With a Soft Round Brush, color black, opacity 80% paint over the area that you want to blend (see the attached image) reply
barath
barath
6:51 PM Saturday, May 05, 2012
u r doing a great job.very easy tutorials.thank u mr.psddude. reply
PSDDude
4:52 AM Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Hi Christo,

I am really glad you like my website and my tutorials and, thank you!

Regarding to video tutorials, I am afraid my spoken english is not that good so I can't make video tutorials.
I am really trying to create complex tutorials that are explained step by step. Here is a link to my photo manipulation tutorials, but I don't really know what tutorial to suggest you .... choose one and tell me exactly what step you can't make!

reply
Omar
Omar
11:59 AM Sunday, January 05, 2014
Hey man, I just want to ask..in the third step when we press ctrl+the thumbnail...This step gets me lost and I do not know what you mean by it..I am trying to learn photoshop and it would help :) Sorry for sounding too newby reply
John
12:13 PM Sunday, January 05, 2014
Hi Omar,

I have updated the step, so hopefully now it is better explained. reply
Christo
Christo
3:29 PM Thursday, October 02, 2014
Hello , i like your website, i know how hard it is to make such an awesome website and to maintain it.

My art teacher told me to do something of my own in photoshop and print it and show her and tell how i did it, so i have chosen your tutorial. the problem is that i cant understand how you do each step. it would be great if you start making videos on your next tutorials so that every one can understand it easily.

pls reply me with the link to to your great tutorials which are more easy.

Sorry to waste your time.

waiting for a reply. reply

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