Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create a Cinematic Stargate in Deep Space

Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create a Cinematic Stargate in Deep Space

September 2, 2019 76 By Peter Engel


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I’m going to show you how to create this cinematic, deep space, stargate from scratch. Create a new document by going to File and New. Make the Width: 1550 pixels, the Height: 870 pixels
and the Resolution: 150 pixels per inch. The Mode is RGB and 8 bits per channel. Then,
click OK or press Enter or Return. If your foreground and background colors aren’t black
and white respectively, press “D” on your keyboard. We’ll fill the canvas with black by pressing Alt + Delete on Windows or Option + Delete on a Mac. Make a copy of your Background
by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. We’ll place the copy into a folder by pressing Ctrl or Cmd
+ G. Click the thumbnail of “Layer 1” to make it active. Click the foreground color, which
opens the Color Picker. In the Brightness field, type in 15. This will make the foreground
color a very dark, grey. Then, click OK. Go to Filter, Render and Clouds. We’re going to stretch the clouds horizontally. To do this, open your Transform Tool by pressing
Ctrl or Cmd + T. At the top, you’ll see the percentages of the Transform’s Width and Height. Go to the Width and type in 300. Then, press Enter or Return. Since the clouds have a Width
of 300%, they’re extending beyond both sides of your document. To crop them off, press
Ctrl or Cmd + A to select the width and height of your document and go to Image and Crop.
To deselect it, press Ctrl or Cmd + D. Go to Filter, Pixelate and Mezzotint. Choose “Medium Strokes” and click OK. Go back to Filter, Blur and Radial Blur. Slide the Amount
all the way to the right. Make the Blur Method: Zoom and the Quality: Best. Then, click OK. Repeat the Filter by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + F and then, repeat it one more time. Next,
we’ll frame it to the same aspect ratio of a wide-screen, movie. Go to View and make
sure Rulers and Snap are checked. If they aren’t just click on them. Open your Crop Tool and for the Width, type in 2.66 and the Height: 1. This is the aspect ratio of the original, Cinemascope movies. Go to the ruler at the top and drag down a guide line to the
top of the cropped area. It’ll snap to it because we have “Snap” checked. If you don’t
see the guide line, press Ctrl or Cmd + H. Drag another guide line to the bottom of the
cropped area. Zoom out of your document by pressing Ctrl or Cmd and the minus key on
your keyboard. Open your Rectangular Marquee Tool and drag a selection from the top, left corner to the lower, right corner of the document’s guide lines. Make the folder active and click
the Layer mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection next to the folder. The white
area of the layer mask will reveal the inside of each layer within the folder. To see your
document at 100%, press Ctrl or Cmd + 1. To hide the guide lines, press Ctrl or Cmd + H. Make the clouds layer active. We’ll invert it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + I. Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. Open your Elliptical Marquee Tool, and go to the center
of your image. Press and hold Alt or Option as you drag out an ellipse approximately this
size and shape. Go to Select, Modify and Feather. Feather it 100 pixels and clock OK. Invert the selection by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + I. We’ll make the foreground color completely
black by pressing “D” on your keyboard to revert it to its default color. Fill the selection
with black by pressing Alt or Option + Delete. Then, deselect it. Reduce its opacity to 80%. Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. Invert your foreground and background colors by pressing “x” on your keyboard or by clicking this icon. Open your Brush Tool and open your
Brush Picker. Make your brush size: 600 pixels and the Hardness: 0%. Its Opacity and Flow are both 100%. Hover your cursor over the center and left-click once. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click “Gradient”. Open the Gradient Picker and open your list of gradient presets. I’ll choose “Color Harmonies 2”, however, feel free to experiment with other presets. When you see this window, click OK to replace the current gradients with the gradients from the preset you just chose. I’ll click this one. Make the Style: Radial and I’ll drag
the Scale all the way to the right. This zooms into the center of the gradient. The higher the Scale amount, the more it zooms in. Play with this amount to get the colors you want.
You can always change it later. Change its Blend Mode to “Color”. Next, we’ll add stars. Make the center, white glow active and click the New Layer icon to make a new
layer above it. We’ll fill the empty layer with black and since black is the background
color, press Ctrl or Cmd + Delete. Change the Blend Mode to “Screen” and go to Filter,
Noise and Add Noise. Make the Amount: 30%, Gaussian and Monochromatic. Go back to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Make the Radius: point 5 pixels and click OK. Open Levels by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + L. For Input Shadows, type in 75 and for Input Highlights, type in 160. Then, click OK. Next, we’ll add subtle, motion trails to the stars to make them appear to
be enveloped by the star gate. Let’s rename the star layer, “Stars” and reduce its opacity
to 70%. Press Enter or Return and make a copy of the stars. Make its opacity: 100%. Go to Filter, Blur and Radial Blur. Make the Amount: 5, Zoom and Best. Then, click OK. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!