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Create a spacescape

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May 16, 2011

Outer space is not only a fascinating subject and the root of many science-fiction films and television programmes, but it is also a visual subject with almost endless possibilities. With space scenes we can let our imagination run wild with alien worlds, distant stars and intergalactic spaceships roaming the far reaches of the universe.
In this project we will be looking into how we can create a convincing space scene within Photoshop. One of the main things about this project is that we are going to make almost all of the …

Outer space is not only a fascinating subject and the root of many science-fiction films and television programmes, but it is also a visual subject with almost endless possibilities. With space scenes we can let our imagination run wild with alien worlds, distant stars and intergalactic spaceships roaming the far reaches of the universe.

In this project we will be looking into how we can create a convincing space scene within Photoshop. One of the main things about this project is that we are going to make almost all of the effects using Photoshop tools and filters, rather than starting with stock photos. We have supplied a star field image for this project to get you started and provide a basic background for the scene.

We shall start by looking at how we use Photoshop to create different coloured nebulae and bright stars. These are mostly built using the Clouds and Lens Flare filters. Then the project investigates how we go about creating a realistic looking planet from a stone texture. This is extended by adding highlights and shadows to the planet and we use the Spherize filter to make the planet look round and three-dimensional, rather than a flat circle. Last, we finish the effect by using the Clouds and Twirl filters to create a number of rings to surround our planet. So grab your disc images, open Photoshop and let’s get started.

This excerpt was taken from issue 74 of Photoshop Creative, available from www.imagineshop.co.uk