A quick way to create a planet in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a planet, stars, and a meteorite in Photoshop. Some stages may seem complicated, but you still try.

This is what should happen.

Well, let’s get started. For this tutorial, you will need this ground texture.

Step 1. Create a new document with a size of 740px * 700px, fill the background with black. Create a new layer and name it “planet” using Elliptical Marquee Tool (oval selection) while holding down Shift, draw a circle as below:

And fill the circle with white.

Place this circle in the lower right corner using the tool. move (move).

On the planet layer, apply the following layer parameters.

Drop shadow (shadow)

Outer glow (external glow)

Bevel and Emboss (stamping / bevel)

Gradient overlay (gradient overlap)

This is what should happen:

Step 2. Now I want to add some lighting around the planet. To do this, add a layer mask for a layer with a planet, as shown below.

Here is what happened after applying the mask:

Load the soil image into Photoshop, select a part of the soil, and then paste it onto the canvas (make sure that the soil fits the size of the planet that we created earlier, or you can make a clipping mask (after making sure that the soil layer is active, press Ctrl + Alt + G)).

Change the blending mode to “Overlay” (overlap), lower the opacity to 65%

Add the following soil layer settings (do not forget to tick “use previous climatic mask“(use previous layer to create clipping mask) Black and White (black and white)

Levels (levels)

This is what should happen:

Step 3. Now let’s add the effect of the nebula, so that our planet would look more mysterious. Create a new “cloud” layer and using the tool Lasso tool (lasso) with feathering 50 pix. make a selection as shown below.

Create clouds within the selection using the Clouds filter as shown below.

Click Ctrl + L, To trigger the level adjustment tool, apply the following parameters to give contrast to the cloud.

Warp the cloud with Warp (warp), as shown below:

Rotating and changing the cloud, make several copies of it. Scatter copies of the cloud around the planet as shown below.

Keep adding clouds until you get the nebula effect you want. Lower opacity (opacity) where required.

Step 4. Now let’s add a meteorite. Create a new layer and using a large soft brush make one click.

Duplicate this layer twice, change the blending mode to “Soft light” (soft light).

Create a new layer, this time use a smaller brush. Make one click.

Duplicate this layer, change the blend mode to “Overlay” (overlap)

Create a new layer on top of all the previous ones. Using a white soft brush, make one click.

Distort this point with the distort distortion tool:

Press key Enter, and then distort the point again.

Add a Curves (curves) to adjust image contrast

It should be like this

Step 5. Create a layer on top of all and name it “star.” Fill the layer with black, add noise Filter> Noise> Add Noise (filter – noise – add noise) and drop the following settings:

Change the blending mode to “Screen” (lightening / screen)

Of course, we don’t want the whole canvas to cover the noise, so use a soft eraser to remove the noise in areas where its appearance is undesirable.

Use the tool to add depth to the stars. dodge tool (clarifier), this will make the stars brighter in the areas you want.



Step 6. Well, we are almost done. In conclusion, we will focus on the image (just in case, make an additional copy), duplicate the background layer and go for the copy. Smart sharpen (Smart Sharpen)

I also added a layer with color and added a soft brush to the area shown below.

Note translator: Apparently the author painted paint stains on a new layer with a soft brush, and then changed the blending mode to “Soft light” (soft light) or on “Overlay” (overlap).

This is a meteorite area:

The area in the lower left of the planet:

For more effect, duplicate the background layer again, and then use the filter Filter – Brush Strokes – Accented Edges (Filter – Strokes – Emphasized Edges) on copy with settings:

As you can see some parts of the image will have the effect of a brush stroke.

and the image becomes more picturesque.

You can also add a mask layer to remove this effect where it is not needed.

That’s all! The planet is ready. I hope you enjoyed it and this lesson has become useful and inspiring for you.

Author: psdvault

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