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Nebula Painting Tutorial

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By cosmicspark   |   Watch
Published: December 24, 2014
© 2014 - 2020 cosmicspark
The goal is to help you improve your artistic abilities.  If you create anything using this tutorial as you guide, send me a note and let me see it!

A time-lapse video of the painting of Endurance is available, on my youtube channel:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0AETE…


The Completed Painting.
Endurance by cosmicspark
Image size
1350x5946px 2.61 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Software
Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 (Windows)
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ObscuroArcanum's avatar
ObscuroArcanumProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks very much for creating this tutorial. I can't wait to give it a try. :)
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MuffinMystHobbyist Digital Artist
ah a very nice complement to the video tutorials,  Sometimes it is hard to catch the brush settings on videos (and to be honest I appreciate a tutorial video to not spend half the time talking about brushes)

^^
dark-rayden's avatar
dark-raydenHobbyist Digital Artist
Clicking on your YouTube link it says: "This video contains content from Warner Bros. Entertainment." ... ??? WTF? :| (Blank Stare) 
Video is blocked ...
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cosmicsparkHobbyist Digital Artist
:o do you live in Germany?
dark-rayden's avatar
dark-raydenHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank heavens, no. :D (Big Grin)  I live in austria ... :) (Smile)
A that's the strange thing, why I'm wondering why it doesn't work ...
dadrian's avatar
dadrianProfessional Filmographer
A very nice tutorial and also very close to the way I paint nebulas. I like your results better than mine, for my next painting I may consider tweaking my workflow a bit and incorporating some of your ideas. Thanks for sharing.
cosmicspark's avatar
cosmicsparkHobbyist Digital Artist
That's awesome, I look forward to seeing your work!  I love your latest piece too btw, best name ever!
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ChimeraArtzHobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, I had a question. I was trying to practice today and when I made a new layer and set it to color dodge (including the brush), no color showed :( Not sure what I'm doing wrong... Also, I dunno why but "pen  pressure" doesn't work on my Photoshop (I really think it has something to do with my tablet, it's old and generic). Is that option necessary to do nebulae?
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cosmicsparkHobbyist Digital Artist
Use "Linear Dodge" or "screen", not "color dodge".
You can do it without pen pressure but its going to take longer to achieve the same effect.  Does the brush tool allow you to set it to accept "pen pressure" on the opacity control?  If it allows it but the pen just doesn't work right, then yes its your tablet hardware, you should get a new one, its worth it.  I have a Wacom Intuous that is 8 years old at least, and it works just great.
If it wont allow you to set the control then you may need drivers for the tablet (this is a software issue).  By tablet I mean a drawing tablet, not a like an ipad (which I doubt has pressure sensitivity).
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ChimeraArtzHobbyist Digital Artist
Ah ok. Yea they don't even make the tablet I'm using anymore and when I first got it the driver was out of date and the only driver I could find was already a few yrs old, this was 2012. I was thinking about this one: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008… I'm on a budget but do you think this is a good one?
cosmicspark's avatar
cosmicsparkHobbyist Digital Artist
It looks quite small, maybe something a little bigger would be a better investment.  The reviews for it are great though.
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ChimeraArtzHobbyist Digital Artist
Lol can you believe it's bigger than the one I current use? I've created some pretty decent art so the size isn't a huge deal for me. I'm out of work because of my son's mental disability so I'm on a tight budget sadly :( btw, when is your next video :excited:
cosmicspark's avatar
cosmicsparkHobbyist Digital Artist
Uploaded the video last night! 
ChimeraArtz's avatar
ChimeraArtzHobbyist Digital Artist
Seen it!! That brush you used was amazing!
Aesuran's avatar
May soon find time to try this out -- the gift of knowledge is always priceless and benefits beyond measure   ~Aes~   :)
MetalSnail's avatar
MetalSnailHobbyist Digital Artist
Cool, I can't wait to try it!
Thanks for this!
Elsapret's avatar
ElsapretHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a millionHug   I've got some questions though!   I'm using PS 10 Elements. CS 5   And I can't find all that brush preset settings.  There is no brush settings to be found in my Windows.  Here is screen shots of all my brush settings : Brush not at windows 
Brush Settings 1 ,Brush 
Do you have any suggestions?  I just got my Wacom and was so disappointed not to be able to set those settings! sad  Pressing F5 shows nothing.  I've also have PS 12 Elements but its the same as PS 10.  
Flower Bullet (Blue) - F2U! 
cosmicspark's avatar
cosmicsparkHobbyist Digital Artist
I looked into it, I'm not sure, everyone seems to just talk about that window as if it had pen pressure options.

Try clicking "learn more about additional brush options"  Hopefully that will solve the problem.  I'm pretty sure its in there somewhere.  Good luck!
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ElsapretHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the quick reply. I will search and Google a bit and read the manual! :giggle:   Have a super festive weekend!
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AikonniProfessional Interface Designer
THANK YOU
tsahel's avatar
tsahelHobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for sharing your knowledge and your tips ! Merry Christmas ! Holidays Christmas Tree Snowflake 
tunngart's avatar
Thanks for the useful knowledge!
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imager2112Professional Digital Artist
I'm really impressed with all the work you've put into your tutorials, not to mention the beautiful worlds you've created. Fascinating and inspiring! :)
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22chrono22Hobbyist General Artist
I wish to make love to you for creating this tutorial, sir or madam.

Nah, but seriously, this is awesome!
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