In this tutorial, I will show you how to create an abstract space illustration using Photoshop tools.
In the lesson process, we will create clouds and use the Twirl filter to create a ring. We will also draw a simple planet with light effects. Here is a preview of the final result:
Step 1. Create a new document with the size of 940×700 px, fill the background with black color. Start by creating a ring around the planet.
Create a new layer and using Lasso Tool (Lasso) (L) with Feather (Feather) 50px draw a selection. Then apply the filter Filter – Render – Clouds (Filter – Rendering – Clouds).
Click CTRL + L and use Levels (Levels):
Move on Filter – Distort – Twirl (Filter – Distortion – Twisting):
We apply the following parameters:
Then click CTRL + T and distort the ring in perspective as shown below:
Reduce the height a bit and get:
Remove the edges with a soft eraser (E)
Step 2. Now create a planet. To begin, draw a circle on the new layer, then fill it with black and apply Blending options (Overlay options):
Outer glow (External glow)
Bevel Emboss (Chamfer and embossing)
Gradient overlay (Gradient overlap)
And we get this effect:
Step 3. Now create a new layer under the planet layer. Brush in the form of stars create the effect of dust around the planet, as shown below:
Now we can create the effect of clouds and nebulae around the planet. To do this, create a new layer under the layer with the planet. Using Lasso Tool (Lasso) (L) with Feather (Feather) 50px, create a selection and apply a filter Clouds (Clouds).
Then filter Difference Cloud (Clouds overlaid):
Here is what happens after applying the filter:
Then we deform the clouds, as shown below.
Edit – Transform – Warp (Editing – Transformation – Deformation).
Duplicate this layer several times and place the copies around the ball, as shown below:
You can also duplicate the nebula layer and place it above the planet (make sure the blending mode is set to Screen (Lightening)).
We get this effect:
Now we can add light effects from behind the planet to give a depth effect. Create a new layer of “Light” under the layer with the planet. Take soft brush White and click once, as shown below:
Step 4. Next, add abstract lines to diversify the planet. We use Pen tool (Pen) (p) to create a line, as shown below:
Choose tough brush size 1 px.
Click the right button on the created line and select Stroke path (Outline stroke):
From the drop-down menu, select Brush (Brush), activate Simulate pressure (Simulate pressing) and click OK.
And we get:
Duplicate the layer with the line several times, rotate and resize them, then arrange around the planet, as shown below:
Step 5. We are almost done. Let’s add some adjustment layers above all previous layers:
Editing layer mask :
As you can see, we have increased the contrast of cosmic dust on the left side of the planet:
Color balance (Color balance)
And we get this result after applying corrective layers:
And here is the final result (I worked a little more with color and contrast):