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We need a planet image. You can use the image above
Cut it out and paste on our document, resize it to a smaller size
Choose the Background layer and press Ctrl-J to duplicate it. Go to Edit > Transform > Perspective and scale it down
(Leave this mode by selecting Move Tool and click Apply when the dialog box appears)
With the Move Tool selected, click on the Show Transform Controls checkbox to turn it on. Rotate the image a bit
Leave this mode, hide the Background layer by clicking on the Eye icon near it. Your image will look like this
Move Layer 2 (the Earth layer) under Background copy layer
Change the Blending Mode of the Background copy Layer to Screen and move the Earth to the center
Create a new layer (Layer 3) under Layer 2 and fill it with black (left below)
Now we have a broader outer space!
Make a selection on the planet. The easiest way to do it is press Ctrl and left click on Layer 2 (right above)
Select the Elliptical Marquee Tool and set a big feather with Subtract from Selection option and make a big selection area to exclude it out
Press Delete to clear it. Here is our image after this step
Now the main idea is finished. Next we will decorate the image with a starry sky!
Select the Brush Tool and set a Brush size of 3 pixels
Select the Brushes on the right toolbar and click on Scattering checkbox, use the settings below
Now create a new layer and draw as you like. We will have a nice background soon!
Double click on the current layer to open up the Layer Style box, we just need to use Outer Glow effect
That's it! This tutorial produces a stunning effect when coupled with a starry background. However the best thing is that it shows a few things we can do with Filters - and in my opinion one of the best features in Photoshop!
Special Thanks ...
Special thanks go out to 9tuts for sending in this full Photoshop tutorial with pictorials. You can find this and other 9tuts at www.9tuts.com