Create a Futuristic Space Scene in Photoshop

  • Tutorial details

    Photoshop CS
    1 Hour

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a cool abstract space scene using only Adobe Photoshop and no extra resources. We will build up the image by using filters and later on add ambient lights to give the whole image a dreamy feel. Anyone, from beginner to advanced, should be able to complete this tutorial!

In this tutorial we will not be using any resources, except for Photoshop. Creating this admirable and abstract space scene is actually a lot easier than it might look. You will probably be able to finish this tutorial within an hour or so. Have fun!

Step 1

Create a new document:

  • Width
    1280 px
  • Height
    1024 px
  • Resolution
    300 px/inch

Step 2

Create a new Layer named Fibers.

Fill the layer in black (Shift + F5).

Press D to reset your two main color swatches, then select Filter > Render > Fibers.

Step 3

Add a new Curves Adjustment Layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves).

Adjust the values for Red, Green and Blue.

Step 4

Add a new Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation).

Step 5

Merge visible (Ctrl + Shift + E), or if you have a new version of Photoshop; convert all three layers to a Smart Object. Name the thing Fibers Merged.

So now you have one layer with the red-purple-ish fibers (or a Smart Object with the same content).

Step 6

Apply a Accented Edges filter (Filter > Brush Strokes > Accented Edges).

Apply a Ink Outlines Filter (Filter > Brush Strokes > Ink Outlines).

Step 7

Duplicate the layer and set the Blending Mode of the copy to Darker Color.

Apply a Polar Coordinates Filter to the top layer (Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates).

Step 8

Apply a Cutout Filter (Filter > Artistic > Cutout).

Step 9

Add a new Curves Adjustment Layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves).

Press the “Auto”-button.

Step 10

Duplicate the Fibers Merged layer and set its Blending Mode to Screen.

Apply a Radial Blur Filter (Filter > Blur > Radial Blur).

Add a Layer Mask to reveal or hide details, using a soft white or black brush (after you have activated the Layer Mask).

Step 11

Create a new layer White Lights, set its Blending Mode to Screen.

Press D, then X and select the Gradient Tool (G).

Select the preset named Foreground to Transparent and add dabs of light to the picture where you feel it is appropriate.

Step 12

Repeat the process from the previous step and add some red lights!

Step 13

At this stage I decided to change the colors. You can also do that if you would like, or you can skip this step.

Add a new Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation).

Step 14

Select the top layer, then stamp visible (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E).

Add a Layer Mask to the new layer and drag a white-to-black radial gradient from the center extending out.

Select Filter > Blur > Lens Blur.

Remove the Layer Mask of the blurred layer, then add a Lens Flare (Filter > Render > Lens Flare).

Set the Brightness to 70% and the Lens Type to Movie Prime.

Final Result

Now we are pretty much finished here, and you may continue to work on this piece by yourself. Hopefully you found this tutorial easy, yet challenging and most importantly FUN!

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