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MylaFox Methods - Space Tutorial Pt. 2 by MylaFox MylaFox Methods - Space Tutorial Pt. 2 by MylaFox
This is part two of my Space Tutorial series. Part three can be viewed here:

MylaFox Methods - Space Tutorial Pt. 3 by MylaFox

These tutorials were created and intended for use in Photoshop CS6. I cannot guarantee their effectiveness in older versions of Photoshop or similar programs.

In case you missed it, below is Part 1:

MylaFox Methods - Space Tutorial Pt. 1 by MylaFox

Thanks for looking, and I hope this is helpful to at least some of you. If you find any mistakes, let me know! I don't intend that you copy the artwork in my example precisely, but rather use the information provided to you to create original pieces of your own.

This is the final product of these methods:

Coalesce by MylaFox



Artwork and tutorial pictured above MylaFox

Created in Adobe Photoshop CS6 with a medium Turcom Tablet.

You may repost, but please don't alter, sell or claim ownership.
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nehas91 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is wonderful Selena! However, after following through with the tutorial, I still seem to be have a bit of problem figuring out how to make everything 'fit together' and look 'polished' in a sense. Is there anyway you could do a quick video walkthrough of the brushing? It's okay if you're busy and can't...I understand. 
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hello, and thanks for writing in!

I think I understand what you mean when you say you want your work to look more polished. I have struggled with this many times before. I have found that usually the culprit can be a couple of things. First, check your composition closely. Make certain there aren't too many empty gaps, and keep attention on your main focal paint. Conversely, you don't want too much detail to clutter the mind. Many times my underlying composition was poor, and the resulting image suffered for it no matter what I did. The composition will be the very essence of your image, so keep that in mind. Try starting out rough to get everything laid out before you focus on detail. This can go a long way, and you may find yourself enjoying your results.

Another reason your image might seem incomplete is a lack of detail in itself. If something just doesn't seem defined enough, chances are you need to go in and refine it further. Nebulae are a very important element in my space art, and they really make the painting come alive. However, just like they can make a painting, they can also break a painting. If I don't spend enough time refining them, then the whole thing just looks off. The same can be said for the stars. They need just the right placement and density to look right. I think a lot of this comes with experience, so just keep at it! Finally, you may want to try flattening your image and applying a slight sharpening filter to the whole thing. At this point, you can play with overlay layer textures as well for a subtle hint at variance. These are some neat tricks to add more flare to a painting that may be lacking it.

I have been meaning to post some video guides. For one reason or another, I have been held back on that. I hope to be able to eventually as I realize it can be a big help to some people. :)

Thanks again for writing, and good luck!
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JAJAJAJAJA THIS IS SOOOOO HELPFUL I WANT TO USE THIS SOOOO BAD :woohoo: Thank you so much for this, I want to use this in the future <33
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's awesome to hear! I hope my lessons will be helpful to you. :)
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They will. Your so talented ; o ;
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Speedy1236 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool, didn't know one can make flares like that. I draw them manually. Works too, I suppose. :XD:

And again, I think I'll have to use this tutorial as inspiration for a space picture at some point. Maybe with Super Sonic. ('Cause I totally need an excuse to draw more Super Sonic stuff.)
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, do whatever works best for you! :)

And of course... I'd love to see what you come up with!
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Speedy1236 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Might be a while until I get to it, but I'll make sure to show you if I come up with something upload-worthy. :)
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Myly14 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing :0
amazing
YES
AMAZING
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, thanks!!
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gurrenlagann29 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Well it's a good thing I like hot chocolate! 
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, nice! I loved your comment. xD
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Lovely-BlueLiar Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AMG this is great~! And it also looks gorgeous. ;w;
The sad thing is, I only have Gimp.
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, thank you! I'm sure you can re-create most of this stuff in GIMP, I'm just not familiar with its UI or shortcuts. :c So Sorry! Maybe in the future I'll become acquainted with it better.
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Lovely-BlueLiar Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's alright! I'm sure it just takes practice.
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CIC-Studios Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Oh wow! Great tutorial!^u^b~:heart:
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!
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CIC-Studios Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome!^u^
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PoshPete117 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
are the stars you use jut dots or do you add a slight glow/softness?
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
In the tutorial, I mention duplicating the star layer and applying a slight gaussian blur to the copy. :) That is what makes the stars appear glowy!
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PoshPete117 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014

Ahh, Brilliant!

I've always gone the long way round and made a layer per size and colour and added a glow :p
Yeah.......very noobish XD

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MylaFox Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, whatever works best for you! (And your schedule.) x3
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PoshPete117 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
True dat XD
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PoshPete117 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Fantastic!

I've tried many attempts with other tutorials but they always take it to far and always use noise for stars -.-
I hate noise, ugh, your example is what I do, but you do it a lot better XD

Well, I look forward to your next tutorial, lets see if your planets come out better (no doubt they will :/) =D
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, Posh Pete! Thanks so much for your kind comments. C: I'm glad you enjoyed the tutorial!

I still am quite new to spacescape painting myself, but I felt the need to share what I have learned so far since being asked about it multiple times.

I'm hoping the planet tutorial will turn out great, too! xD
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PoshPete117 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014

My planets always appear fuzzy and somewhat off :/

Though one thing I did achieve was an exploding star, it was experimental and I think it appeared rather well, but the background stars were noise and didn't work to well.

It had 2 shockwaves, dang they was hard to make XD

But once I get a moment I'll play around with your tutorial more ^^
(I will admit, I never saw the count on the brush settings at the bottom, I always ended up with to many stars per stroke XD)

U'mm, i'll un store some of my space work, I'd appreciate it if you had a gander =)

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MylaFox Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I've played around with noise stars before! They don't have to look bad, but they do require tweaking. I have found that it is very important to take away certain stars from the scene. Noise stars can look too repetitive. You can remove some with a dark soft brush. Also, it is important to colorize them. They unfortunately lack a bit of depth on their own, so you would have to repeat the process of creating them and resize them to be larger.

Sure, I'll take a look when I get the chance. :)
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Lord-Kiyo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Cool, I think there are a few things I will want to try out at some point,   some tools that I should use always.
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JoswanKodaigo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Omg! Thank you!

That was exactly what I was looking for with flares. :D
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, you're very welcome! Hopefully it is of some use to you. ^^
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