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Night Sky with Stars

Serene and tranquil scenery of stars and a major sun and Earth. Worth seeing.

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Part IV. - Fine tuning the details


Yet I still feel that it is too homogenous. I mean the stars. What I did to improve it was to use Layer Mask in which I used randomly spread clouds again.

Sound difficult? If so, perhaps you should check our All About Layer Mask tutorial.


Lets start with this "optimisation" as Rado would say :)


Make a Layer Mask to the Stars layer by clicking on the small icon of rectangle with a circle while in the stars layer. This will cause a white rectangle to appear, right next to the stars layer.

In the layer mask, we want to hide some stars completely and some just partialy, as to make the feeling of distance of those less bright.

So, while in the Layer Mask (click on that white rectangle), use Filter/Render/Clouds.

And another thing. Us Levels while in the layer mask and move top left and top right sliders more to the center. This will make Clouds in the Layer mask more distinct and hence some areas will not be hidden at all and some hidden completely. In other words, we have just increased contrast of Clouds using Levels.

Your layer pallete should now look like this

And the picture itself like this:

 See Part V. on the next page
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Submitted by Martin on 2006-05-09 10:56:23. Since then read 107854 times.
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Francisco sisco027 AT netzero DOT com said on 2006-06-03 08:44:31
Excellent tutorial, I'll be coming back for more. Thanks.

Martin mato AT t-tutorials DOT com said on 2006-06-05 21:18:26
I am glad to hear that! I deem some of our tutorials really tutorialling and really worth going through. Looking forward to seeing you here again :D

Hotaru hotaru209 AT gmail DOT com said on 2006-06-20 02:49:05
Pretty nice, but my suggestion is that you should have kept out the lens flare and picture of the earth. The stars and night don't look photorealistic, so an earth image like that looks out of place. Plus lens flares have a tendency to look gimmicky. Great tutorial though, the stars and nebula are the cool parts here anyway, and they turn out pretty well.

Tom said on 2006-09-21 09:52:35
Well actually I was expecting a little better when i found this tut i was actually searching for how to make an Earth and this came up so really this is a tut for star making with an Earth pasted in the middle....just my opinion ~Tom

bill wewew AT hotmail DOT com said on 2006-11-15 13:59:38
i only used up to the stars and nebula, but it was still great

Moses said on 2007-03-14 09:12:25
Excellent tutorial but got stuck at the nebula part. Was unclear how to get it rendered like the image, and with the gradiant part of the earth in the layer mask.

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