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Drawing Space

Result:

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Open a new file in Adobe Photoshop. You can use any size you want (for example, 1024x768), to make a cool screen saver for your desktop. Fill it with black.

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Create a new Layer . We gonna make some stars now.

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Choose Brush tool image 4 and set it's size to 2 pixels:

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Change your Foreground Color to white:

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And make as many brushes as you want. Play around with brush size, i suggest you to choose from 1 to 3 pixels:

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It's time to make some space clouds. Create a new layer for that:

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Go to Filter-Render-Clouds. And change layer mode from Normal to Screen, so we can see stars that way:

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You should get something like that:

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Too much clouds, isn't it? To reduce clouds, go to Image-Adjustments-Levels and change input levels like that:

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Much better! Let's add some color to our clouds! Image-Adjustments-Hue/Saturation. The main thing is to activate Colorize! Otherwise you couldn't add color! Play with settings until you get something you like:

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Now we are going to create a planet. Specially for this occasion i've created a custom brush set for making planets easily. Download Planet brush set (zip, 226 Kb). Now making planets becomes easy and fun!:0) Extract brush set to your Photoshop brush folder (for example, my path is C:/Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS2/PresetsBrushes)

Now load new brushes to Photoshop. Choose your Brush tool and find Load Brushes in tool's options, and choose Planet brushes by Globator.

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Here the most interesting part comes! Choose any planet brush you like. I suggest you to activate Use Sample Size button to use natural brush size.

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Create a new layer for you planet. Change Foreground Color to grey and click with your planet brush on the picture:

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Easy, isn't it? Let's colorize our planet a bit: Image-Adjustments-Hue/Saturation:

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See that stars are visible through the planet? Here is how to fix it: activate your layer with stars, and simply erase unwanted stars behind the planet with Eraser tool:

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Let's add some atmosphere to our planet. Choose your planet layer, and go to Layer-Layer Style-Outer Glow:

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Looks nice already:

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You can add some more stars if you want. Load standard Assorted brushes, and choose star-like brushes with size 25 x 48 pixels. Make some more stars on your star layer using white color:

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That's about it! Good luck!

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