Photoshop: How to Create an Alien Planet with Rings from Scratch!

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to create a hostile-looking, alien planet encircled with rings of blue cosmic dust all from scratch. First, we’ll create a new document to place
our planet and stars onto. Press Ctrl + N on Windows or Cmd + N on a
Mac or you can go to File and New. Make the Width: 1920 pixels…the Height: 1080 pixels…and the Resolution: 72 pixels per inch. The Color Mode is RGB, 8 bits per Channel
and the background is black. Then, click “Create” or “Open”. Go to Filter, Noise and “Add Noise”. Make the Amount: 100%, “Uniform” and check,
“Monochromatic”. Then, click OK or press Enter or Return. Go back to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Blur it point 5 pixels. Press Ctrl or Cmd + L to open your Levels window. I’ll drag the Input Shadow slider to 123 or
you can just type it in. I’ll drag the Input Highlight slider to 205. Next, we’ll make a new document in which we’ll
create the planet base. This time, make the Width and Height both 2400 pixels. Make sure your foreground and background colors
are black and white respectively. If they’re not, press “D” on your keyboard. Go to Filter, Render and Clouds. Go back to Filter, Render and “Difference Clouds”. Open your Levels window and drag the Input
Highlight slider to approximately 154. Go to Filter, Distort and “Spherize”. Make the Amount: 100%. We’ll spherize it more by repeating the last filter. Press Ctrl or Cmd + F. Open your “Elliptical Marquee Tool”. Go to a corner and press and hold the Shift key as you drag a circular selection to the opposite corner. Holding Shift, made the selection a perfect circle. We’ll cut it out from its background by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Before we place it onto the stars background, we’ll create a new document
for the basic shape that we’ll use to make our concentric rings of cosmic dust. Keep the Width and Height 2400 pixels and
the Resolution 72 pixels per inch. Go to Filter, Render and Clouds. Go back to Filter, Distort and Twirl. Drag the Angle slider all the way to the right. Next, we’ll mask out the inside and outside
to make it into into a donut-like shape. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer
mask next to the shape. Go to the center and press and hold Alt or
Option + Shift as you drag out a circular selection from the center to the point where
the twirl starts to feather out. Go to Select, Modify and Feather. Feather the selection 10 pixels. Invert the selection by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + I. We’ll fill the selection with black. Press Alt or Option + Delete to fill it with black. Deselect it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + D. Go
to the center again, press and hold Alt or Option + Shift and drag out another circular
selection approximately this size. We’ll repeat the steps by going back to Select,
Modify and Feather and feather it 10 pixels. Then, fill it with black and deselect it. Now that we have all the basic elements to
create our alien planet, let’s begin by dragging our base planet onto the tab of the stars document. Press “v” to open your Move Tool and drag
the planet onto the stars tab. Then, drag it down and release. Drag it to a position approximately here. Click the Adjustment layer icon and click
“Hue/Saturation”. We want the adjustment layer to affect only
the planet and not the stars background. To do this, either click the Clipping Mask
icon or press Ctrl + Alt + G on Windows or Cmd + Option + G on a Mac. Check, “Colorize”. I’ll keep its Hue: 0 and I’ll drag the Saturation
all the way to the right, to give our planet an intense red color. Keep in mind, you can change its Hue and Saturation
at any time. Double-click the planet layer to open its
Layer Style window. Click “Outer Glow”. Click the color box and if you picked a bright
red for your planet as I have, then, pick a bright red color for its outer glow. The Blend Mode is “Lighten” and the Opacity is 50%. The Technique is “Softer, the Spread is 0
and the Size is 30 pixels. The Range is 50%. Click “Inner Glow”. Click the color box and this time, we’ll pick a less saturated version of the color we picked for the outer glow. The Blend Mode is “Linear Dodge” and the Opacity
is 50%. The Technique is “Softer”, the Source is “Edge”,
the Choke is 0 and the Size is 25 pixels. The Range is 50%. Next, we’ll place our planet in shadow. Make the Adjustment Layer active. We’ll make a new layer above it by clicking
the New Layer icon. Clip the layer to the planet and Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the thumbnail of the planet to make a selection of its shape. Invert the selection and fill it with black. Then, deselect it. We’re going to use a large brush, so let’s
zoom out of our document by pressing Ctrl or Cmd and the minus key on our keyboard a
number of times. Open your Brush Tool and Brush Picker. Make its size: 2600 pixels, the Hardness:
50% and the Opacity and Flow, both 100%. Place your cursor approximately here and click once. To fit your document back onto the canvas,
press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Next, we’ll add colorful, faraway nebulas
behind our planet. Open your Brush Picker and make its Size:
700 pixels and the Hardness: 0%. Make the Opacity: 30%. Make the Stars background active and make
a new layer above it. Make a copy of the empty layer by pressing
Ctrl or Cmd + J. I’ll scroll down, so I can see the bottom 3 layers. Go to Filter, Render and Clouds. Clip it to the Stars background and change
its Blend Mode to Vivid Light. Make the empty layer active. Click the foreground color and pick a medium color. I’m picking 0096FF. Click once over one or two areas. Click the foreground color again and pick
a different color. I’m picking EA00FF. Click once again over areas of the nebula. We’re ready to add the rings. Make the top layer active. We’ll place the rings above it. Open your rings document. To get it onto our planet, press “v” to open our Move Tool and drag it onto the tab of the planet document. Without releasing your mouse or pen, drag
it down and release. We’ll convert it into a Smart Object, so we
can modify it non-destructively. Click the icon at the upper, right of the
Layers panel and click “Convert to Smart Object”. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the Texture folder and click “Grain”. Make the Intensity and Contrast: 50 each and
the Grain Type: “Clumped”. Change the Blend Mode to Screen. Click the Adjustment Layer and click “Hue/Saturation”. Clip it to the rings layer. Check Colorize”. I’ll make the Hue: 220, the Saturation: 48
and the Lightness: minus 35, however, feel free to experiment with these amounts. Next, we’ll brighten it. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click “Levels”. Clip it to the Rings layer. Make the Input Shadow level: 66 and the Input
Highlight level: 144. We’re ready to wrap the rings around our planet. Make the rings layer active and zoom out approximately
this much. Press Ctrl or Cmd + T to open your Transform Tool. If you see this message, it’s just letting
us know that the grain texture will be temporally turned off while we use the Transform Tool. Go to a bottom corner and press and hold Ctrl
+Shift + Alt on Windows or Cmd + Shift + Option on a Mac as you drag it out approximately this much. Go inside the bounding box and drag it to
a position similar to mine. We want to ultimately keep the inside hole
of the rings outside the edge of our planet. Once we angle and position it, we’ll mask
out the area of the rings that go behind the planet. Go to an outside corner and when you see a
curved, double-arrow, rotate it clockwise to an angle you like. I’ll position it to show more rings on the
bottom and make sure we see the outside edge of the rings in the distance. Go to the left, middle anchor point and press
and hold Ctrl or Cmd as you drag it straight it out to stretch the bounding box. Continue to finesse it until you like its
perspective and position. Then, press Enter or Return. Fit it back onto your canvas. Lastly, we’ll hide the area of the rings that
go behind the planet. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer
next mask to the rings. Ctrl-click the planet or Cmd-click it to make
a selection of its shape. Open your Pencil Tool and Pencil Picker. Make the Size: approximately 80 pixels and
its Hardness and Opacity 100%. Now brush over the rings at the top to hide it. Then, deselect it. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  1. David Reyna October 30, 2017 at 12:57 am


  2. David Reyna October 30, 2017 at 12:59 am

    I guess second too 😲

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  5. ARTIST'IO B October 30, 2017 at 1:21 am

    Its a Real voice? I like it

  6. Sterling Dragon October 30, 2017 at 1:28 am

    This video definitely gets a like from me!

  7. Hoàng Đức Anh October 30, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Great 😡

  8. JÜole Üse October 30, 2017 at 4:02 am

    How did you install Photoshop CC 2017 sir? Im waiting for your answer sir thank you 🙂

  9. Seven Stone Studio October 30, 2017 at 6:13 am

    You are masterpiece tutor… I love your way of teaching.. it's very easy to understand and learn.

  10. Mohammad Hamadeh October 30, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Mr.Marty you are the best tutor ,thank you.

  11. Returning Shadow October 30, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Why the pencil tool instead of the brush tool for masking the rings to the edge of the planet?

  12. Dj-TonyMix Mundo October 30, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Very Nice 👍🏻Marty

  13. thedotisblack October 30, 2017 at 9:41 am

    That's actually quite good with a lot of information! Great technique!! ⚫️🙃

  14. laszlo zsurka October 30, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Nice tutorial.

  15. Adventure Man October 30, 2017 at 10:29 am

    I got red stars!

  16. Julian Castaño October 30, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Excelente aporte..gracias.Apesar del idioma inglés…explicas muy bien…

  17. Khmu Prince October 30, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Love it! Thanks so much for this and all your amazing tutorial training videos.

  18. Jos Den Hertog October 30, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    I always wondered, how they do these things… And now you gave me the answer…. Thx 🙂

  19. Crippling Oppression October 30, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    lol and i thought i was good at photoshop

  20. AJ Sharf October 31, 2017 at 3:48 am

    I like the glowing effect. Is it a short cut to use pencil tool instead of brush tool to remove or hide the blue ring?

  21. Valentin 84 October 31, 2017 at 10:39 am

    It's beautiful 😍👍

  22. Monir Zaman November 1, 2017 at 11:17 am

    I think you are the best teacher of Photoshop.Sir, have you any other adobe Illustrator tutorial channel?

  23. VANIT Graphics November 2, 2017 at 6:25 am

    How to create 2 colors scheme design in photoshop help me

  24. Marzia Rahman November 2, 2017 at 10:47 am


  25. James Cumbria November 2, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Can you please show me how to make a tattered flag in Photoshop?

  26. MrMnj1193 November 3, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Marty, Great videos! Thank you for doing them! I have a couple of questions. I recently updated to CC2018, 1. When I want to fill with black and press Ctrl + Del, I have to press the del twice, is this normal? 2. When I hit Ctrl + F, it brings up a "Find" panel, to repeat a filter, I have to hit Alt + Ctrl+ F, why is this? Lastly, When I hit Ctrl+N, it only brings up a single panel, not the one with all my recent document sizes, is this a setting somewhere? Thank you in advance!

  27. Mina Mfalme November 3, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks Marty; what would we do without your inspiration? Kudos!

  28. Kathy Roberts November 4, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Terrific Marty, a lot more complicated than I thought it might be, but I love your nice slow style.

  29. Msudhagar Msd November 5, 2017 at 5:28 am

    can u do smudge art tutorial

  30. ednir alves November 7, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Mr:Marty, maravilhoso seus videos…..parabéns.

  31. José Monteiro November 10, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    You are a photoshop ginius

  32. Ken McClellan November 11, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Well done. Thank you!

  33. Sergey Stone November 12, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Thank's. It's breathtaking tutorial! I very… very like your channel.

  34. Kennyk77 November 14, 2017 at 12:36 am

    Love it.

  35. Kathy November 17, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    All I have to say to you is that I am 70 yrs. old and trying to keep my mind active learning Photoshop. I would like to THANK YOU for sharing these video tutorials. You make a fantastic teacher. I am able to follow you perfectly. BLESS YOU!!!

  36. Lek Yy November 29, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    gaseous planets like Jupiter*

  37. Robert Gay December 9, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Yes, first class tutor and clear to understand…Good show.

  38. Robert Gay December 9, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Just done it on my laptop….Hard has old boots…How long did it take for u to learn all this..Years ??

  39. Mungiwara 3019 December 21, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Request how to make Marvel Fan Art Character.

    Love your videos

  40. John Skeene December 30, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Marty, you are GENIUS !!! I love your work !!!

  41. Nikalogy January 4, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    What do you call the planet?

  42. Thingy February 26, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    These videos are simple and elegant

  43. InDingo February 27, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Amazing work, Marty, thanks. For me I ran into trouble when dragging the rings in over the planet. The rings would stop at the planet edge. Solution in case anyone else has the same: I added another layer and made that active then proceeded with the dragging the rings. Went perfect from there.

  44. Karim Bautista March 14, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    your god

  45. Vai Eang May 2, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    I have done my project through yours. It's just wonderful Thank you.

  46. Nata K. June 13, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Thank you for the tutorial!

  47. Jake Wardle July 17, 2018 at 6:15 am

    i was hoping to make somthing similar to this but make the rings spin for a custom gif
    anyone have a video they could link me to or tell me how to do it greatly appreciated c:

  48. Catalina Wu September 28, 2018 at 6:33 pm


  49. RyuuTenno October 4, 2018 at 4:39 am

    I love some of the ideas and techniques involved in this and another video I just watched. Though, I've found some tutorial articles elsewhere which have helped considerably, I've had a recent upgrade with Photoshop, so, I'm still trying to work out how some of the tools and features work.
    I must point out, though, that, there are other methods of doing the planetary rings, as I've never been particularly fond of the twirling filter method. This one keeps it a bit more uniform, however, the filters and techniques applied to the rings here, I've not seen before, and so, I will definitely check that out myself later. I love doing the space scenes; they're a ton of fun for me. Though, I keep going bigger with them. Will definitely be looking around this channel for anything like galaxy tutorials for sure.

  50. Catalina Wu November 2, 2018 at 6:23 pm


  51. Christopher Havens April 5, 2019 at 1:42 am

    this relay helped thanks!

  52. Christopher Havens April 5, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    thx this vid was noice i did it thanks to you!

  53. Jacob Fox April 9, 2019 at 4:57 pm


  54. Huzaifah Patel June 17, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Nice work

  55. Huzaifah Patel June 18, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Blue lightning

  56. Huzaifah Patel June 18, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    I've got a imedia exam on photoshop and I have to make a retro style music album cover. Its a vinyl cover and the album name is Fifth Planet On The Left. The band is called Percussive Progress. Could u plz make a video on this and show me an example of how u would do it. I'm thinking of doing a space theme. Hope to hear back from u

  57. Huzaifah Patel June 18, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks for the reply and I checked out ur music album video. However, it wasn't how I wanted mine to look. I don't want a person in it.

  58. taysser zeidan June 29, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    رائع رائع انت

  59. Nazmus Sakib August 29, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Good details…love the concept and details style…

  60. 최동진 September 16, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Love it video thx

  61. Ak 17 October 9, 2019 at 10:42 am


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