Galactic text effect

Galactic effects are very popular in digital art, combining interesting images and bright colors, sometimes just necessary to create an amazing project!
Using the tools of Photoshop, let’s try to create text in space.

Materials for the lesson:

Open Photoshop and create a new document, any size depending on your goals. Fill the background with dark gray.

You will need several images of clouds of smoke, you can find them on the link in the archive.

Insert the images into the document and position them so that the smoke is located diagonally. Change Blend Mode to Lightening (Screen) and lower the opacity by about 15%.

On the new layer, make three bright circles with a big soft brush. Pink, turquoise and purple blend well together.

Change the color blend mode to Overlap.

On the new layer, change the default colors to black and white (D). Then go to Filter> Rendering> Clouds (Filter> Render> Clouds). Change the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay) and lower the opacity to 65%.

Fill the new layer with black and go Filter> Noise> Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise). Change the parameters: Amount 10%, Gaussian, monochrome.
Change the layer’s overlay settings to Lightening (Screen) and configure levels (Ctrl + L) black and white dots to achieve the effect of the starry sky. Create layer mask and a big soft brush make some stars brighter or darker.

Load a brush from the Star Brushes collection, and then adjust the brush as follows:
– select the star brush, reduce the size and set the Spacing to 1000%;
– in the Shape Dynamics tab, change the Size Jitter to 100%, and the Minimum Diameter to 0%;
– in the Scattering tab, change the scatter to 1000%.

Use the created brush to fill the space with stars. Then go to Layer Style and add External glow (Outer Glow)

Now use the tool Horizontal Text , to create an inscription.

Add a Layer mask, then go Filter> Rendering> Clouds (Filter> Render> Clouds).

Duplicate the layer, then add Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) about 6px. Change layer blending mode to Overlap (Overlay).

Add more rendering clouds to the mask for this layer. Then use soft brush , to wipe manually some areas of the text.

On a new layer with a brush, apply a few white spots. Change the layer overlay to overlap (Overlay) to add color intensity to them.

Continue brush strokes, this time in yellow, around the text.

Add a layer mask to the yellow spots and use Filter> Rendering> Clouds (Filter> Render> Clouds).

Change Layer Overlay Mode to Lightening Basics (Color dodge)

Brush the pink spot and change the Layer Layer Mode to Dissolution (Dissolve). Add a Radial Blur about 60%.

Combine the pink spot with the new layer (Ctrl + E) by dropping the blend mode to Normal, and then change to Lightening Basics (Color Dodge). Change the opacity to about 60% to soften the base.

On the new layer, draw a white spot with a soft round brush. Using the tool “Rectangular Area remove half the circle.

Click Ctrl + T to transform, and stretch it horizontally. Turn on 45% and set to the desired position.

Copy this layer a few more times and place in different places of the picture.

Change Layer Overlay Mode to Overlap (Overlay) allowing white color to interact with the background colors.

Now you can evaluate your work, add some additional strokes. Your work is ready!

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