In this Photoshop Tutorial  I'll show you how to create a beautiful abstract cosmic photo manipulation. You'll learn how to use blending modes, layers, apply texture, create different kinds of lighting effects, work with group and more. Resources needed: Model LINK Nebula 1 LINK Nebula 2 LINK Nebula 3 LINK Planet LINK Asteroids LINK Smoke brushes LINK    

By pureromance88, on November 15, 2012, under Photoshop Tutorials

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Step 1

Create a new document and fill with color #070709. I make the width larger than the height. Extract model and move her into our document:


Step 2

Add layer mask for model. I use soft black brush with opacity and flow about 30% to blend model bottom with background:


Step 3

I want to add some light for model contour so I use Inner Shadow effect. Double click model layer, choose Inner Shadow:


We have result:


Step 4

I change color on model with an adjustment layer with Clipping Mask. Go to New Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Selective Color:


Step 5

I make a new layer with Clipping Mask for model and use soft white brush to brighten her hair, face, dress. Change the mode to Soft Light 100%:


Step 6

I use a layer (Clipping Mask) and  brush with color #93675f, opacity and flow about 35% to brighten her teeth and remove a small dark part under model eyes:


Step 7

I make a layer (Clipping Mask) and use Smudge Tool with Strength about 40% to soften model skin:


Step 8

Open nebula 1 stock. Move it into our canvas and place this layer under model one. I use Warp Tool (Edit-Transform-Warp) to make it look like below:


Change the mode to Screen 100% and remove hard edge with layer mask:


Step 9

Open nebula 2 stock pack. I choose the first one ( I took only bright parts with sparks) to position into our main picture (set this layer under model one). 


Change the mode to Screen 100% and erase the parts below:


I choose the second one and do the same as done with the first but change mode to Color Dodge 100%:


I duplicate this layer and transform it a bit with Cmd/Ctrl+T:


Step 10

Make a new layer under model one. I use soft brush with two colors, #9867ab and #722a1d to paint along model arm:


Set the mode to Soft Light 100%:


I use these colors for brush again and paint along model arm and keep the mode as Normal 100%: