Deke’s Techniques #9: Building a synthetic starfield from scratch

Published by | Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

This week, intrepid Photoshop explorer and author Deke McClelland gives you no less than the infinite universe. Actually, this installment of Deke’s Techniques shows you how to create your own galaxy view, complete with stars, lens flare, and space gas, all created completely from scratch in Photoshop. Starting with a layer of nothing but black pixels, Deke uses smart objects and classic Photoshop filters to create an infinitely customizable space-scape that you can use in your own design voyages. The universe is at your command.

Next week, Deke will put this starfield to work as a useful background for dramatic repoussé text. In fact, every week Deke brings you a new free technique in this course, and members can view the entire collection—plus some exclusive members-only techniques—inside the Online Training Library®.

Which are your favorite techniques so far and how have you put them to work?

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2 Responses to “Deke’s Techniques #9: Building a synthetic starfield from scratch”

  1. in the last step, if you change the layer Blend mode to Color Dodge and set the Opacity slider to ~20-25% the clouds seem to hang around the lens flare – very cool!

  2. I tried your suggestion, John and like the effect. Those slightly glowing clouds look like the kind of thing that would need to be investigated at the beginning of a Star Trek episode, and turn out to be some time-space distorting phenomenon that wreaks all kinds of havoc!

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