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Nebulae Tutorial by TylerCreatesWorlds Nebulae Tutorial by TylerCreatesWorlds
After numerous requests, I have decided to make a tutorial on how I paint my Nebulae. I did my best to include every part of my process. I'm sure the thing is riddled with spelling and grammar errors. Just ignore those, there's a reason I'm an artist and not a writer.

I hope you all can learn something from this. It took quite sometime to get it done. If you have any questions or are unsure about anything, don't hestiate to ask me.

I've included my custom cloud smudge brush that I use in all my paintings

Get your copy of my painting here
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Probably one of the best, if not the best, tutorial I've come across on creations of Nebula with the round brush approach. I'm so sick of seeing nebula brushes and other tutorials using fractals or some other resource. Good job going out of the box. I've been watching your work for some time now and am continually impressed by your consistent knack for good, organic-looking, nebula painting. I'm glad you finally shared your technique. I was very curious.
Maybe the only thing I would add: I've noticed most of your nebula creations take up the entire canvas. I may suggest working with smaller nebula, further away from the focal point, and adding additional space features into your art.
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DannyWapBang Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I used this to make my Toonami Nebula photo.
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LorettaBR Featured By Owner Edited Apr 1, 2017
Good job! May I ask can I use the could brush in my project?Wink/Razz 
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jackyrisham Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
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The-oTTerboT Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Student General Artist
Holy f....
I am dumbfounded by the beauty of your painting skills!
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:iconcoyohti:
coyohti Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Professional General Artist
Beautiful!
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Kitanokata Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Hobbyist
OMG! Great... incredible... gorgeous!!! 
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Maggy-mitchi Featured By Owner May 12, 2016
Have to try this one day !!
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Metabrush Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Professional General Artist
Awesome work! A couple of years old and still so fresh, relevant and the best of its kind.
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MariaLoikkii Featured By Owner Edited Apr 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello and thank you for the excellent tutorial! This has been very helpful indeed!

About the cloud brush: couldn't find any rules about the usage of the brush so I decided to ask. What's your view on the artworks made with this brush, can they be shared in DA and can the artworks themselves be sold? For example if I want to make a nebula background for my art and then someday maybe want to sell the artwork in question? I wanted to clarify this. And also if I share in DA a nebula I made with this wonderful brush of yours, how do feel about that? I have unrestricted stock.
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TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You can do whatever you want with the images created using my brush. 
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Kathryn-Knette Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is exactly what I was needing for my next project! I've always loved space themes, but I just couldn't wrap my head around how to create them with my own style and down to what I needed.

Thank you!
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KamaneMikito Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much good sir! ^^
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shygalaxyrainbow Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist
Starry Night #3 (Free) i feel so STARRY EYEDStarry-Eyed Arle IconStarry Face
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Chordey213 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015
Never mind, I found your Tutorial, and it's phenomenal too!
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Coonpelt Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
oh nvm lol, this should help me a lot :) thank you so much! :heart:
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tadp0l3 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
stumble upon this now and then. And its equally awesome every time.
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TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear, I know the finished result isn't close to some of my other works, but I hope the process was clear enough for people to learn. 
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KokoKiero Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
Thank you for the great tutorial and for giving us the brush to use with it! I attempted it here: kokokiero.deviantart.com/art/D…
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ThewarriorSecret Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
perfect
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TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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cdesign-art Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this tutorial ! It helped me to create this cdesign-art.deviantart.com/art… =)
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TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Cool, but you can't use my art like that tylercreatesworlds.deviantart.…

You need to remove this. 
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cdesign-art Featured By Owner Edited Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, I found this reference just by searching on google images and really thought it was a photo... I removed it. 

I'm going the rework the shape of the nebula so I could publish my drawing, thanks for telling me and thanks again for the tutorial.
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TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, sorry for the inconvenience.
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cdesign-art Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Hello, I changed the shape of the nebula and slightly modified the colors too. Is it okay for you if I publish this new version cdesign-art.deviantart.com/art… ? Thank you.

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sonderstory Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Quick question, how do you blend your colors? Mine just smudge or blur and it looks terrible.
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:icontylercreatesworlds:
TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
There should be a .Zip download to the right of the image. Download the file, in there is a custom cloud smudge brush you can load into Photoshop. This will blend the colors a lot better.
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sonderstory Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok thanks!
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VaneFox Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Ugh this is too hard, it hurts my brain. I just can't do the first few steps, it makes no sense, mine doesn't work out like that.
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Pachabel Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015   Digital Artist
Used this for a personal project I can't post yet but it was SUPER helpful! *w*
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justinsola Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hey.. Great job man! Im doing a project in which im trying to create a nebula in the form of a logo! Ill let you know how i get on! Can you please tell me where i can find your download for your smudge brush? Looking forward to starting the tutorial! Justin.
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TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hey justin,

If your checking out my tutorial from a computer there should be an option to download a zip file located to the right or below the image. The file will have the smudge brush and a full size image of the tutorial for easier reading. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Tyler
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justinsola Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hey Tyler, thanks for getting back to me. Ive downloaded the zip file located on the right but there are only jpg images of your final painting at various sizes? Is it a .abr file? Have i understood correctly?

Justin
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:icontylercreatesworlds:
TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, it should be in the zip. abr. is the brush.
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justinsola Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
No abr file?.. just jpgs! 
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:icontylercreatesworlds:
TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Did you download the files next to the tutorial, or the ones for the image I created during the tutorial? I just checked the zip file for the tutorial, it has 1 jpeg of the full tutorial and a abr. file.
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justinsola Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hey Tyler.. sorry to be a pain! I downloaded the zip on the right hand side of the screen. Its obviously not what your referring to. I can't see another zip file? If i could give you my email, maybe you could send it to me? Probably quicker hehehe. ;)

J.
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:icontylercreatesworlds:
TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
that'll work.
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LaviniaChu Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg so fabulous, thank you so much for sharing <3
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MooshCoww Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a really fantastic tutorial! However, I've been trying this method for like a few weeks now and I just can't get passed the first step haha xD Do you have any other tips on how to make the clouds look like that? Every time I go in to define the cloud structures, it ends up looking wrong. Thank you!
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isabelmagnolia Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is beautiful!
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riazkhan Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
this will great for my cb proj.
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:icontylercreatesworlds:
TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hope it helps :)
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riazkhan Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Its gonna be a major help :D
I just hope i get the storyarc down right so i can kick off the creative goodness. 
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McFisher Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for the tutorial good sir! 

Was used here: mcfisher.deviantart.com/art/Th…
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Myselfsama Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is beautiful.
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NOthruR0D Featured By Owner Edited Jun 26, 2014
Thanks for your tutorial! Was SO helpful haha Wink/Razz Wink/Razz
Gave you credit here: 
nothrur0d.deviantart.com/art/Nebula-463582217
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TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No problem, looks good.
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SzkArt Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very cool and useful, :) thank you so much 
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Caliphone Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
=) your tutorial helped me make this caliphone.deviantart.com/art/N…

thank you so much for sharing!
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