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20 Brilliant Sci-Fi/Space Photoshop Tutorials

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One of the most inventive and beautiful art genres of our time is the digital space art. If you are passionate about space, science, planets and stars, this list of brilliant space Photoshop tutorials will definitely appeal to you!

For the majority of the tutorials in this list, you won’t use any stock photos or any material at all besides Photoshop filters, effects and blending modes. This will also help you to enrich your Photoshop knowledge. You will create a vibrant and lifelike images of space, planets and stars with tools found in Photoshop.

For most of the effects needed in order to create these images, you will use the brush tool, layer effects and the filter gallery. You may want to set aside an hour or two before starting any of these space Photoshop tutorials, because they require quite a bit of work to accomplish. But don’t worry – your hard work will pay off and in the end you will be a Sci-Fi & Space Photoshop expert.

Let’s get those creative juices flowing and let’s get started.

Create a Detailed Meteorite and Surrounding Space Environment in Photoshop

In this tutorial, the author will show you the steps you have to take in order to create this detailed meteorite and surrounding space environment in Photoshop. This is an intermediate level tutorial, but beginners may try it as well if they want to learn some tricks!

Create a Detailed Meteorite Space Environment Photoshop

Design a Beautiful Cosmic Space Scene in Photoshop

Learn how to create this gorgeous sci-fi inspired cosmic space scene in Photoshop by following this step by step guide. Learn how to draw the planets, nebula and even the bright lens flares.

Design Cosmic Space Scene Photoshop

How to Make Amazing Outer Space 

In this Photoshop tutorial you will learn how to create an image of outer space. If you’re passionate about science, space and sci-fi movies, then this tutorial should make you really happy.

How to Make Amazing Outer Space

Create Awesome Abstract Nebula Circle Shape in Photoshop

This great tutorial will show you the steps needed to create an awesome abstract nebula circle shape in Photoshop. learn how to achieve all these sci fi effects, with ease.

Create Awesome Abstract Nebula Circle Shape Photoshop

Create a Supernova and a Ringed Planet in Photoshop

This awesome tutorial is part of a 4-part series of tutorials about space, living on other planets and all things sci-fi. Learn how to depict your own cosmic scenery, by following this step by step tutorial. Use what you learn to create amazing illustrations.

Create Supernova Planet Photoshop

Create a Realistic Outer Space Scene in Photoshop

Learn how to create a realistic outer space image in this Photoshop tutorial. You won’t be needing any stock photos or any material at all besides Photoshop filters, effects, and blending modes. These Photoshop techniques may prove useful for other graphic design projects as well.

Create Realistic Outer Space Scene Photoshop

Really cool Eclipse Effect in Photoshop

Are you passionate about stars and planets? Then you need to learn how to create a cool eclipse effect in Photoshop! Use these techniques to create beautiful sci fi backgrounds.

 Eclipse Effect Photoshop

Create a Red Giant Star in Photoshop

Learn how to create a red giant star in Photoshop!  This tutorial also includes about an hour of video instruction to help you along the way. These effects can be applied to other types of illustrations as well, such as creating fire in Photoshop.

Create Red Giant Star Photoshop

Fiery Photoshop Space Explosion Tutorial

In this tutorial, the author will walk you through creating a spectacular space scene featuring two planets colliding. Doesn’t this look awesome? Learn how to create it in just a couple of hours.

Fiery Photoshop Space Explosion Tutorial

Quick and Effective Planet, Star and Meteor Impact Creation in Photoshop

This intermediate level Photoshop tutorial will teach you how to draw a planet, star and meteor impact in Photoshop in a quick and effective manner. Learn how to do this realistic illustration in just a couple of hours.

Quick Effective Planet Photoshop

Recreating Solar Eclipse in Space

This tutorial is about creating space landscape in Photoshop. It is not difficult to follow and it will teach you how to create a solar eclipse in space. It’s for beginners as well, so don’t worry about the difficulty level.

Recreating Solar Eclipse Space Space Photoshop Tutorials

Planet Ring Tutorial

Learn how to create planet rings with Photoshop in 8 easy steps with this tutorial. It will guide you through all the steps needed in order to recreate this cool effect which you can use for other types of projects as well.

Planet Ring Tutorial

Create a Realistic Space Scene from Scratch with Photoshop

In this intermediate/advanced design tutorial, you are going to learn how to create a stunning space scene that has realistic planets, stars, and lighting effects. You will be taught how to use a few innovative Photoshop techniques and some textures. These methods can be applied to other types of illustrations as well.

Create Realistic Space Scene Photoshop

Easily Create Planetary Ring via Cloud and Twirl Filter in Photoshop

Learn how to easily create a planetary ring and how to use the Cloud and Twirl tools in Photoshop. This is a simple tutorial, even for beginners, but if you already have some experience with Photoshop, you should be able to finish it quickly.

Easily Create Planetary Ring Photoshop

Planet Tutorial

Learn how to create awesome, dreamy planets with this great Photoshop tutorial! It includes all the explanations and it can be finished in about an hour.

Planet Tutorial

Very Easy Heroes Eclipse in Photoshop

This great tutorial will teach you how to create a very easy eclipse effect in Photoshop! Learn how to do it in this step by step tutorial with all the needed explanations.

Very Easy Heroes Eclipse Photoshop

Making of Fiery Planets Collision

This easy to follow tutorial will show you how you can use images in order to create awesome space images. Learn how to master these techniques and use them in other illustrations too.

 Planets Collision Space Photoshop Tutorials

Space Environment

This guide teaches you to create a dark space environment in a step-by-step tutorial. The explanations are clear, easy to follow and you should learn how to do it in no time!

Space Environment Space Photoshop Tutorials

Space Explosion Photoshop Tutorial

This tutorial shows you how to create your own space scene using stock photos and Adobe Photoshop. You will be able to apply these techniques in other types of projects as well.

Space Explosion Photoshop Tutorial

Helio Nebula Tutorial

Create a mesmerizing nebula with this Photoshop tutorial and learn how to do it yourself by following this author’s easy steps.

Helio Nebula Tutorial

This completes our list of 20 hand-picked Photoshop tutorials for space and sci-fi related projects. If you’ve found these tutorials helpful, say something in the comments below!

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Written by Iggy

Iggy is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. You can follow Iggy on Twitter.

1 Comment

  1. Dale Rennie says:

    Everything is possible with Photoshop as long as there are complete resources. We can do a variety of wonderful things using PS. There are so many tips and tricks or even tutorials like this on how making something impossible to a possible one. Can’t wait to try out one of these.

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