Intro

In this tutorial, Adam Ismail shows you how to create a fabulous astronomy-themed composition using elements taken from public-domain NASA images.

By skilfully exploiting a variety of methods – such as creating depth with layering and opacity, as well as deft use of the Twirl, Spherize and Liquify filters – Adam shows that it’s easier to get the desired result than you might think. Along the way he also outlines how to make a custom ‘star brush’, using a method you can adapt to create other custom brushes.

This tutorial takes advantage of the magnificent Hubble Space Telescope images at hubblesite.org – a great resource even for non-space-themed artworks. Always click on the ‘Highest-quality download options’ link and use the TIFF versions of the images.

Time to Complete

4-5 hours

Software

Adobe Photoshop