Create in Photoshop a picture of Drift in Space

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a picture “Drift in space” in Photoshop. Let’s try!

This lesson is of medium difficulty, so some actions may be difficult.

Note: This lesson is done in Photoshop CС – therefore, some screenshots may differ slightly from previous versions of the program. Some brushes are only available in this version of Photoshop CS6.

The final result:

Step 1

Create a new document with the following dimensions 1440 px * 720 px, background color is black. Create a new layer. Use the Cloud brush or the Cloud filter to create a delicate cloud effect (lower the opacity of the cloud layer to the bottom level so that the effect is subtle).

Open the original image with the model in Photoshop. Create a selection around the face area.

Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) highlighted image of female face on our working paper. Zoom out and use a soft eraser to create a smooth transition at the edges of the image.

Using the Crack brush that you downloaded from the link at the beginning of this tutorial, paint the edges of the female face as an eraser, as shown in the screenshot below. Also using the tool Sharpness (Sharpen Tool), I added a bit of sharpness to the model’s eyes.

Next, on the model layer, apply the following 3 adjustment layers as clipping masks.

Black-white (Black and White)

Levels (Levels)

Curves (Curves)

The result of the current lesson:

Step 2

In this step, we will add a stone texture to the model’s face. Open the original image with the stone texture in Photoshop. Select a part of the texture as shown in the screenshot below.

Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) selected part of the stone texture on our working paper. Apply scaling according to the size of the female face. Convert the layer with the stone texture into a clipping mask to the model layer, and then change the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay).

The result of the current lesson:

Add a cloud effect to the right side of the female face.

Step 3

Next, we add fragments of space to our scene. Open the original image with Cosmos 1 in Photoshop. Select a part of the image as shown in the screenshot below.

Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) highlighted part of the image of the cosmos on our working paper. Change the blending mode to Lightening (Screen).

Place a fragment of the cosmos around the female face. The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Using the same technique, add more stars around the model’s face, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 4

We will once again add a stone texture to the model’s face. Open the original image with the stone texture in Photoshop. Select a part of the texture as shown in the screenshot below.

Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) selected part of the stone texture on our working paper. Using a soft eraser, process the edges of the image of the stone. Next, add a correction layer to the stone texture layer. Levels (Levels) as a clipping mask. Set the values ​​that are shown in the screenshot below.

Reduce the scale of the stone texture, and also apply the rotation to get the result, as in the screenshot below.

Using the same technique, add another small piece of stone texture, positioning it a little lower, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 5

Next, we’ll add a fragment of the nebula to our scene. Open the original image with Cosmos 2 in Photoshop. Select a part of the image as shown in the screenshot below.

Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) highlighted part of the image of the nebula on our working paper. Change the blending mode to Hard light (Hard Light).

Place this fragment with a nebula behind the female face, as shown in the screenshot below.

Using the same technique, add another small fragment of the nebula, placing it in the frontal region of the model’s head, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 6

In the final step, we will add the texture of the stars around the female face, using the same technique that we used in Step 3.

For a small correction of the entire scene, add an adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) on top of all other layers.

You can see my final result in the screenshot below:

So, we have completed the lesson! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it was useful for you. See you, have a nice day!

The final result:

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