Well...I got critiqued for having a stock image as my background, so I decided to create my own background, a star field nebula for my the blog. Simple. So I uploaded a series of frame by frame shot of my background WIP so you can see how I did it. Enjoy!
I hope you guys liked the quick demo, if you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks!
|Start with a black background|
Use a soft brush on 1% opacity in dissolve setting. Set fade brush on to control amount of dissolve.
|Turn down layer opacity and erase random areas of the star field to make different patches of star recede or pop.|
|Add in larger stars for extra depth and parallax. Use the gradient tool in radial mode to create the halos around the closer stars.|
|I took the gradient tool and set the mode to vivid light to make highlights brighter and darker regions recede. The gradient is dropped onto the center of the nebula where star clusters are closest.|
|Set the gradient tool on vivid light again and hit the center with a saturated magenta. Now the night sky is really shining!|