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Fenn
03-07-2011, 05:26 PM
So I love spacescapes. For those who don't know what those are:

http://www.spacewallpapers.net/wallpapers/albums/CG/normal_cataclysm2_1600.jpg

http://psdtutsarticles.s3.amazonaws.com/linkb_40space/10.jpg

So, I'd love to learn how to do these, but I have no idea what kind of work this takes. I know you need photoshop or a program of that kind, and that works can take several hours to complete, and I'm fine with that. My question is more: is this realistic as a hobby? Will I be able to at least make something nice after a few tries or can I expect to work for years before creating anything worthwhile?

GunZet
03-07-2011, 05:29 PM
I think this depends highly on your composition skills. That's all I have to say, I've never tried this before. Sorry man.

Mr_D
03-08-2011, 09:27 AM
I have never done this myself, but if you get used to photoshop, I think it's not that hard to make. Understanding the basic of photoshop is pretty important though. I think a lot of darkening and linear dodge etc is used to make something like this. Along with some good stock images ^^ But that's my guess, hahah, anyway, I think this is really something you can do as a hobby :D
I hope this helped a bit :p

Rio
03-08-2011, 11:52 AM
Greg Martin (http://www.artofgregmartin.com) has some awesome tutorials. Unfortunately, I only found two of his tutorials. There were a few others called Winter Mist and Riven. Anyways, here's two of his tutorials which I think you should try:

Making a Planet (http://gallery.artofgregmartin.com/tuts_arts/making_a_planet.html)
Make a Realistic Starfield (http://gallery.artofgregmartin.com/tuts_arts/making_a_star_field.html)

It's pretty easy. Give it a whirl. Also, I suggest you save this tutorial because it may disappear one day.... like his two others. : ( Some of Greg's work are mirrored here (http://vuni.net/artofgregmartin.html). Some images:

http://vuni.net/artofgregmartin/800x600/euphoria.jpg

http://vuni.net/artofgregmartin/800x600/empyrean.jpg

http://vuni.net/artofgregmartin/800x600/shattered.jpg

Fenn
03-08-2011, 08:24 PM
Greg Martin (http://www.artofgregmartin.com) has some awesome tutorials. Unfortunately, I only found two of his tutorials. There were a few others called Winter Mist and Riven. Anyways, here's two of his tutorials which I think you should try:

Making a Planet (http://gallery.artofgregmartin.com/tuts_arts/making_a_planet.html)
Make a Realistic Starfield (http://gallery.artofgregmartin.com/tuts_arts/making_a_star_field.html)

It's pretty easy. Give it a whirl. Also, I suggest you save this tutorial because it may disappear one day.... like his two others. : ( Some of Greg's work are mirrored here (http://vuni.net/artofgregmartin.html).


Greg Martin is my primary inspiration (and the artist of the first image I posted)! I've cycled through his art on my laptop wallpaper for almost a year now. It's all I use.

Celestial-Fox
03-09-2011, 03:03 AM
Yeah, actually, spacescapes are pretty easy and mostly formulaic once you master the basic techniques. Rio's tutorial suggestions are actually the ones I used when I went on a spacescape kick some time ago. Just remember to keep things extremely atmospheric with your colors and layering. :D

Fenn
03-09-2011, 05:23 PM
Yeah, actually, spacescapes are pretty easy and mostly formulaic once you master the basic techniques. Rio's tutorial suggestions are actually the ones I used when I went on a spacescape kick some time ago. Just remember to keep things extremely atmospheric with your colors and layering. :D

Okay, good tips.


I was considering getting PAINT.net since its free (and legal). I think it has many functions similar to photoshop so I might try that this summer once my creative writing storm calms.

Also Rio awesome tuts.

GunZet
03-09-2011, 06:34 PM
The closest thing to a free PhotoShop is GIMP. Download it if you haven't. PAINT.net is good though, much better UI.
Good luck on your space journey lol.

Rio
03-10-2011, 12:09 PM
Show us some of your finished spacescapes Fenn! I'd like to see what you've come up with. C:

I remember saving the other two Greg Martin tutorials that aren't on the net anymore but I have to find where I saved them.... This could take awhile. But they're totally worth getting a look at. :ascii_nod:

Fenn
03-10-2011, 03:55 PM
The closest thing to a free PhotoShop is GIMP. Download it if you haven't. PAINT.net is good though, much better UI.
Good luck on your space journey lol.

Thanks. I love deep space which is why spacescapes fascinate me. The power and the sheer scale of planets and stars is amazing.


Show us some of your finished spacescapes Fenn! I'd like to see what you've come up with. C:

I remember saving the other two Greg Martin tutorials that aren't on the net anymore but I have to find where I saved them.... This could take awhile. But they're totally worth getting a look at. :ascii_nod:

Okay but don't hold your breath lol. First I'll need to learn the basics of PAINT, then find time to work on practicing the basics like planets and such.

Rare
03-17-2011, 04:47 AM
That planet one seems quite easy and quick so just do that and then try experimenting with it and see what you get with. Swirl or dent it a lil.

The star one looks like it's harder, but still give it a try.

When I find a tutorial I use it for a couple of times then I try experimenting a little, you may stumble on something really effective. That's how you learn, by experimenting.

Fenn
03-18-2011, 09:34 PM
That planet one seems quite easy and quick so just do that and then try experimenting with it and see what you get with. Swirl or dent it a lil.

The star one looks like it's harder, but still give it a try.

When I find a tutorial I use it for a couple of times then I try experimenting a little, you may stumble on something really effective. That's how you learn, by experimenting.

Good idea, and I agree with your observations. Still haven't downloaded paint yet...