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50 Photoshop Tutorials For Sky and Space Effects

Humans have always had an infatuation with the air above us and the space around our planet. With Adobe Photoshop we can create new images or enhance existing photos to include the sky and space as a backdrop. There is virtually no limit to what can be done with some Photoshop skills and a bit of creativity. [Content Care Nov/27/2016]

As you will see from the tutorials featured here, some of the most entertaining and practical Photoshop creations and manipulations deal with the sky and space. Whether you are looking to make adjustments to the sky in the background of a photo or if you want to create an exploding space scene from scratch, Photoshop can meet your needs.

From this collection of tutorials you’ll learn all kinds of tricks that can be applied to your own work. Some of them are ideal for realistic photo manipulation1 and others are more suited for fun and experimentation. Take some time and explore the possibilities when working with the sky and space.

You may also be interested in some of our other collections of Photoshop Tutorials:

Space and Planets Link

Helio Nebula Tutorial6

How to paint a Nebula Star effect in Adobe Photoshop.

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Create a Supernova and a Ringed Planet8

How to create a supernova that is about to devastate an entire solar system.

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Create a Red Giant Star in Photoshop10

All the techniques that you can use in Photoshop to depict your own cosmic scenery.

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Photoshop Tutorial: Space Environment12

Paint a space environment in Photoshop just with some brush strokes and Filters.

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Planet Ring Tutorial14

With a little help of some filters: create a great planet ring.

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Nebula Brushing Tutorial16

Creat this Nebula only with Photoshops basic brush-set.

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How to Illustrate an Astronaut in Photoshop18

How to create sci-fi concept art by illustrating an astronaut that is performing maintenance during a space walk.

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Drift In Space20

An intermediate level difficulty tutorial of creating this “Drift in Space” Digital Art.

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Space Explosion Photoshop Tutorial22

How to create your own space scene using three stock photos and Adobe Photoshop.

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Recreating Solar Eclipse in Space24

One more tutorial about creating a great space landscape.

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Outer Space Astronaut26

Learn how to create a realistic outer space galaxy background with an astronaut that seems lost in space.

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Explosions Link

Create a Dramatic Building Explosion Scene28

In this tutorial you will learn how to make a dramatic building explosion scene.

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Exploding Planet30

Here is another tutorial that shows you how to create an exploding planet.

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Create a Space Explosion32

Create explosions from Scratch in Photoshop as seen in a Sci-Fi television series.

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Apocalyptic City Explosion34

Learn how to create a city explosion in Photoshop using just a few simple blending techniques.

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Create a Dramatic and Surreal Apocalyptic Scene36

Learn how to create a dark surreal scene using few Photoshop techniques and some stock images.

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How To Create Blast In The City Effect In Photoshop38

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a war scene which contains some fighter planes and a big explosion.

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The Sky Link

Create a spritit dove effect40

In this tutorial, you are going to create a dove like spirit bursting out of a woman’s body amidst the cloudy sky.

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Design Surreal Concept Manipulation42

All the steps to Design this Surreal Concept Manipulation with Alien Structures in Photoshop.

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Painting clouds44

Painting Clouds the easy way. Use different highlight and shadow colors.

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Create a Fantasy Fish Scene above the Sky46

How to create a fantasy fish scene using a variety of photo manipulation techniques.

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Starry Sky Tutorial48

How to draw a starry sky only in Adobe Photoshop.

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How to create fog50

How to create fog and mist in Photoshop using a number of different tools.

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Super Slick Dusky Lighting Effects52

Put together a sunset image mixing some vector shapes and dusky lighting effects to produce a slick image that would make a nice album cover.

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Add A Realistic Rainbow54

Learn how to easily add a rainbow, and even a double rainbow, to a photo.

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Planet Integration Tutorial56

How to integrate a planet in another photo.

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How to create a realistic sunset effect in Photoshop58

Transform a daytime image with a bright, intense sunset effect.

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Movie Like Sunset in Photoshop Tutorial60

How to create a piece of romantic movie like sunset in Photoshop.

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Fireworks62

This basic tutorial will guide you step by step to drawing your own fireworks.

sky-space2963

Create Rays Of Light In Photoshop64

Learn how to create a sunburst and how to combine it with lens flare for obtaining an intense light effect.

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Illustrations Link

Mysterious Lighting Effect66

A lighting effect that you can create in Adobe Photoshop using the Lighting Effects filter.

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Creating A Fantastic Fantasy Night Sky68

How to create cartoon-style clouds using Photoshop and a bit of Illustrator.

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Skyline Silhouette Header70

In this tutorial, you will be creating a Skyline Silhouette Header.

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Cartoon Clouds Tutorial72

All you need to draw clouds are pen, paint can and blur.

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Moon Tutorial74

It only needs 8 steps to draw a moon.

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Video Link

Realistic Sunset Effect76

How to create a realistic sunset effect and we’ll create an awesome romantic manipulation in Photoshop.

sky-space3677

Digital Space Art78

This tutorial will guide you on how to create a Space scene.

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Make Spirals of Light in Deep Space80

how to make a celestial scene of swirling light surrounding a planetary orb in deep space.

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Photoshop Tutorial – Create Space Pictures82

Learn how to create space like composites using texture & sky pictures.

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Creating a starfield84

Creating a starfield in Photoshop with some interstellar clouds.

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How to Composite a Moon or Planet86

How to composite a moon, planet, death star, or anything else into the sky using a combination of selections, layer masks, and layer styles.

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Close Up Planet Tutoria88

This is a primarily photominipulation based tutorial with a lot of textures.

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Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create a Nuclear Explosion90

How to transform a serene, peaceful day into an apocalyptic, nuclear explosion.

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Explosion92

In this Photoshop Tutorial you will create a abstract explosion.

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How To Edit Dramatic Sky94

This tutorial will explain how to edit the sky more beautiful and dramatic.

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Spiral Star Trails96

Learn how to blend spiral star trails with another night image foreground.

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How To Create a More Impacting Sunrise/Sunset98

This tutorial will show you how to create a more impacting sunrise/sunset in your Photos.

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How to Create a Sunset in Photoshop100

Learn how to color your image to give it that warm “sunset” feel.

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3D Planet Scene102

Learn how to use some images along with Photoshop’s 3D tools to create a 3D Planet Scene.

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Tutorial – Painting a Nebula104

Paint a Nebula in Photoshop using your basic brush and some techniques to detail nebula.

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You may also be interested in some of our other collections of Photoshop Tutorials:

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/50-excellent-digital-photography-photoshop-tutorials/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/space-explosion-photoshop-tutorial/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/01/hand-picked-photoshop-tutorials/
  4. 4 /2008/04/03/adobe-photoshop-tutorials-rainbows-glows-and-light-effects/
  5. 5 /2008/07/15/70-beauty-retouching-photoshop-tutorials/
  6. 6 http://glennclovis.deviantart.com/art/Helio-Nebula-Tutorial-115604344?q=1&qo=1
  7. 7 http://glennclovis.deviantart.com/art/Helio-Nebula-Tutorial-115604344?q=1&qo=1
  8. 8 https://design.tutsplus.com/articles/the-cosmos-create-a-supernova-and-a-ringed-planet-in-photoshop--psd-12301
  9. 9 https://design.tutsplus.com/articles/the-cosmos-create-a-supernova-and-a-ringed-planet-in-photoshop--psd-12301
  10. 10 https://design.tutsplus.com/articles/the-cosmos-create-a-red-giant-star-in-photoshop--psd-12167
  11. 11 https://design.tutsplus.com/articles/the-cosmos-create-a-red-giant-star-in-photoshop--psd-12167
  12. 12 http://www.fxencore.de/tutorial_detail/photoshop-tutorials/bildmanipulation/space-environment/
  13. 13 http://www.fxencore.de/tutorial_detail/photoshop-tutorials/bildmanipulation/space-environment/
  14. 14 http://www.solarvoyager.com/images/tutorials/planetrings/planetrings.htm
  15. 15 http://www.solarvoyager.com/images/tutorials/planetrings/planetrings.htm
  16. 16 http://ladyrapid.deviantart.com/art/Nebula-Brushing-Tutorial-87482520?q=1&qo=1
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  18. 18 https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-illustrate-an-astronaut-in-photoshop--psd-31267
  19. 19 https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-illustrate-an-astronaut-in-photoshop--psd-31267
  20. 20 http://www.psdvault.com/photo-effect/create-drift-in-space-digital-art-in-photoshop/
  21. 21 http://www.psdvault.com/photo-effect/create-drift-in-space-digital-art-in-photoshop/
  22. 22 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/space-explosion-photoshop-tutorial/
  23. 23 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/space-explosion-photoshop-tutorial/
  24. 24 http://www.photoshopstar.com/effects/recreating-solar-eclipse-in-space/
  25. 25 http://www.photoshopstar.com/effects/recreating-solar-eclipse-in-space/
  26. 26 http://www.psd-dude.com/tutorials/outer-space-astronaut-photoshop-manipulation-tutorial.aspx
  27. 27 http://www.psd-dude.com/tutorials/outer-space-astronaut-photoshop-manipulation-tutorial.aspx
  28. 28 http://psd.fanextra.com/tutorials/photo-effects/create-a-dramatic-building-explosion-scene/
  29. 29 http://psd.fanextra.com/tutorials/photo-effects/create-a-dramatic-building-explosion-scene/
  30. 30 http://www.tutorialwiz.com/exploding_planet2/
  31. 31 http://www.tutorialwiz.com/exploding_planet2/
  32. 32 https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/create-a-space-explosion-from-scratch-in-photoshop--psd-223
  33. 33 https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/create-a-space-explosion-from-scratch-in-photoshop--psd-223
  34. 34 http://www.psd-dude.com/tutorials/apocalyptic-city-explosion-photoshop-tutorial.aspx
  35. 35 http://www.psd-dude.com/tutorials/apocalyptic-city-explosion-photoshop-tutorial.aspx
  36. 36 http://www.icanbecreative.com/create-a-dramatic-and-surreal-apocalyptic-scene-photoshop-tutorial.html
  37. 37 http://www.icanbecreative.com/create-a-dramatic-and-surreal-apocalyptic-scene-photoshop-tutorial.html
  38. 38 http://www.topdesignmag.com/tutorial-how-to-create-blast-in-the-city-effect-in-photoshop/
  39. 39 http://www.topdesignmag.com/tutorial-how-to-create-blast-in-the-city-effect-in-photoshop/
  40. 40 http://blog.123rf.com/photoshop-pro-create-a-spirit-dove-effect/
  41. 41 http://blog.123rf.com/photoshop-pro-create-a-spirit-dove-effect/
  42. 42 http://www.psdvault.com/photo-effect/design-surreal-concept-manipulation-with-alien-structures-in-photoshop/
  43. 43 http://www.psdvault.com/photo-effect/design-surreal-concept-manipulation-with-alien-structures-in-photoshop/
  44. 44 http://www.androidblues.com/cloudtut.html
  45. 45 http://www.androidblues.com/cloudtut.html
  46. 46 https://www.photoshoptutorials.ws/photoshop-tutorials/photo-manipulation/create-fantasy-fish-scene-sky/
  47. 47 https://www.photoshoptutorials.ws/photoshop-tutorials/photo-manipulation/create-fantasy-fish-scene-sky/
  48. 48 http://enijoi.deviantart.com/art/Starry-Sky-Tutorial-463440391
  49. 49 http://enijoi.deviantart.com/art/Starry-Sky-Tutorial-463440391
  50. 50 http://www.infoparrot.com/how-to-create-fog-and-mist-in-photoshop/
  51. 51 http://www.infoparrot.com/how-to-create-fog-and-mist-in-photoshop/
  52. 52 https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/super-slick-dusky-lighting-effects-in-photoshop--psd-29
  53. 53 https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/super-slick-dusky-lighting-effects-in-photoshop--psd-29
  54. 54 http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-effects/rainbow/
  55. 55 http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-effects/rainbow/
  56. 56 http://darkmatter257.deviantart.com/art/Planet-Integration-Tutorial-70905180
  57. 57 http://darkmatter257.deviantart.com/art/Planet-Integration-Tutorial-70905180
  58. 58 http://blog.photoshopcreative.co.uk/blog/tutorials/how-to-create-a-realistic-sunset-effect-in-photoshop/
  59. 59 http://blog.photoshopcreative.co.uk/blog/tutorials/how-to-create-a-realistic-sunset-effect-in-photoshop/
  60. 60 http://icanbecreative.com/article/movie-like-sunset-in-photoshop-tutorial/
  61. 61 http://icanbecreative.com/article/movie-like-sunset-in-photoshop-tutorial/
  62. 62 https://attitudedesign.co.uk/2012/fireworks-free-photoshop-tutorial
  63. 63 https://attitudedesign.co.uk/2012/fireworks-free-photoshop-tutorial
  64. 64 http://www.psd-dude.com/tutorials/create-rays-of-light-in-photoshop.aspx
  65. 65 http://www.psd-dude.com/tutorials/create-rays-of-light-in-photoshop.aspx
  66. 66 http://www.tutorial9.net/tutorials/photoshop-tutorials/mysterious-lighting-effect-tutorial-for-photoshop/
  67. 67 http://www.tutorial9.net/tutorials/photoshop-tutorials/mysterious-lighting-effect-tutorial-for-photoshop/
  68. 68 https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/creating-a-fantastic-fantasy-night-sky-in-photoshop--psd-64
  69. 69 https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/creating-a-fantastic-fantasy-night-sky-in-photoshop--psd-64
  70. 70 http://www.avivadirectory.com/photoshop/skyline-silhouette-header/
  71. 71 http://www.avivadirectory.com/photoshop/skyline-silhouette-header/
  72. 72 http://wingedwilly.deviantart.com/art/Cartoon-clouds-tutorial-329589515
  73. 73 http://wingedwilly.deviantart.com/art/Cartoon-clouds-tutorial-329589515
  74. 74 http://ryky.deviantart.com/art/MOON-easy-tutorial-399161176
  75. 75 http://ryky.deviantart.com/art/MOON-easy-tutorial-399161176
  76. 76 https://www.psdbox.com/tutorials/create-a-realistic-sunset-effect-in-photoshop
  77. 77 https://www.psdbox.com/tutorials/create-a-realistic-sunset-effect-in-photoshop
  78. 78 https://youtu.be/bJ7SS1Azw1k
  79. 79 https://youtu.be/bJ7SS1Azw1k
  80. 80 https://youtu.be/NVn7OppfYCs
  81. 81 https://youtu.be/NVn7OppfYCs
  82. 82 https://youtu.be/xY8AmVtDYlo
  83. 83 https://youtu.be/xY8AmVtDYlo
  84. 84 https://youtu.be/s5_ohTnRHYw
  85. 85 https://youtu.be/s5_ohTnRHYw
  86. 86 https://youtu.be/AcjUz1WfkVs
  87. 87 https://youtu.be/AcjUz1WfkVs
  88. 88 https://youtu.be/pIcAQFmCE04
  89. 89 https://youtu.be/pIcAQFmCE04
  90. 90 https://youtu.be/V4z_ZPCZPlU
  91. 91 https://youtu.be/V4z_ZPCZPlU
  92. 92 https://youtu.be/9JGoSM_FoNs
  93. 93 https://youtu.be/9JGoSM_FoNs
  94. 94 https://youtu.be/PE111mjhNrg
  95. 95 https://youtu.be/PE111mjhNrg
  96. 96 https://youtu.be/8zg32ac9Ybg
  97. 97 https://youtu.be/8zg32ac9Ybg
  98. 98 https://youtu.be/Y8Lilmf_eBc
  99. 99 https://youtu.be/Y8Lilmf_eBc
  100. 100 https://youtu.be/MszOCXb1Fkk
  101. 101 https://youtu.be/MszOCXb1Fkk
  102. 102 https://youtu.be/7HHNOPzpjq4
  103. 103 https://youtu.be/7HHNOPzpjq4
  104. 104 https://youtu.be/hPCkNChOpjI
  105. 105 https://youtu.be/hPCkNChOpjI
  106. 106 /2008/01/10/adobe-photoshop-tutorials-best-of/
  107. 107 /2008/03/28/adobe-photoshop-video-tutorials-best-of/
  108. 108 /2008/04/03/adobe-photoshop-tutorials-rainbows-glows-and-light-effects/
  109. 109 /2008/07/15/70-beauty-retouching-photoshop-tutorials/

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  1. 1

    Some of these are great, absolutly love the cloud one

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  2. 2

    Woot! Space art is teh absolute best! Ie, I fell in love with the top part of the list. Thanks!

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  3. 3

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL… thank you very much…

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  4. 4

    David Leggett

    August 7, 2008 2:13 pm

    Thanks for mentioning our Mysterious Lighting Effect among these incredible tutorials Steven. Lots of wonderful finds here!

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  5. 5

    Great Tutorials!

    Would like to see some GIMP or Inkscape tutorials once and a while though.

    Daniel

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    Daniel Whyte

    August 7, 2008 2:19 pm

    nice collection man :D
    ill have a closer look at this after

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  7. 7

    Steven Snell

    August 7, 2008 2:30 pm

    David,
    You’re welcome. Thanks for creating the tutorial!

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  8. 8

    Some really good tutorials. One of the most useful tutorial posts on Smash.mag. I must admit… gj..

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  9. 9

    Breathtaking! What a collection!!!

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  10. 10

    Kaushik Chemburkar

    August 7, 2008 5:26 pm

    Smashing magazine, Always the best collection… Awesome.

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  11. 11

    I really love the planet ones! Thanks.

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  12. 12

    try gimp-tutorials.net :}

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  13. 13

    and great collection guys :D! i love the starry sky effect! with the proper constellations, it will look very realistic, esp when you takle skylines of cities with too much light :)!

    -1
  14. 14

    Wow! Thanks!
    just what the doctor ordered!

    -1
  15. 15

    WOW that’s awesome collection Luv it

    -1
  16. 16

    The best of the Photoshop Tutorials….hats off.

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  17. 17

    I’m making an illustration with clouds for a web banner, this article is coming at the perfect moment ! Thanx a lot !

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  18. 18

    Pretty cool!

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  19. 19

    smashing as usual!
    thanks for doing that

    jean-marc

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  20. 20

    Love your work Smashing, but that 4th of July collage is far from stunning…

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  21. 21

    wow. that’s what i was looking for. thanx. great stuff

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  22. 22

    realistic clouds rulez here ! nice article

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  23. 23

    Good work Smashing, a few low points but overall great tutorials and we are all very lucky to have you guys putting together resources like this for us :-)

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  24. 24

    Beautiful collection, Thanks

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  25. 25

    realy nice

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  26. 26

    Nice good find

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  27. 27

    Amazing!

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  28. 28

    Steven Snell

    August 8, 2008 5:38 pm

    cameronqueen,
    Thanks for the suggestion. That might be possible.

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  29. 29

    Fantastic Tutorials! Thanks.

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  30. 30

    There is no sky level for you guys…

    Great collection. It Rocks

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  31. 31

    Nice tutorials! Thanks!!!!!!

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  32. 32

    Absolutamente efectista … Lo siento, pero no me interesa. No todo iban a ser artículos interesantes.

    Saludos

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  33. 33

    Good work. Would like to see some tutorials about After Effect…
    Cheers!

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  34. 34

    Absolutely stunner, Awesome tuts, amazing compilation as well.

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  35. 35

    projectgrafix

    August 15, 2008 3:26 am

    Alien invasion pic looks so good, stunning!!

    -1
  36. 36

    wow! thanks very much for this entry ! :)

    -1
  37. 37

    good goog study, day day up!

    very much!

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  38. 38

    Whooa! Excellence of execution.

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  39. 39
  40. 40

    hello, its nice

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  41. 41

    nice collection…

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  42. 42

    in 50 photoshop Tutorials for sky and space effects..
    I’m the 50th one to comment……

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  43. 43

    wow its so nice…thanks for the tutorial…

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    Maupioga, Michael

    December 11, 2008 6:29 am

    wonderful! My first time of vising this site. These are really marvelous tutorials.

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  45. 45

    great. thanks

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  46. 46

    great great great the toturial

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  47. 47

    faith fabian

    March 19, 2009 6:23 pm

    it’s so helpful…wonderfull…amazing !!!
    thank’z braderz…for the tutorial’s…good work anyway…

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  48. 48

    i can not say soething to express how i want to thank you about this great effort . Thaks alot .

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  49. 49

    shelliebellie

    August 3, 2009 12:47 pm

    WOOOW now the clips of space was WOWE WOW WOW!!!!! Some people say there are no god well look he made us he made the earth.In the first book of the bible it tells how he made the earth. GOD IS GOOD GOD IS GRATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  50. 50

    it is mindblowing tutorial thanku for this……………………

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  51. 51

    SHABNAM YASMIN

    May 2, 2010 11:53 pm

    nice tutorial!!

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  52. 52

    very attractive

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  53. 53

    These are awesome. I especially love the space nebula effects. I no longer need to look through creative commons to cut up a photo that isn’t mine.

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    Shyam Rebhankar

    March 21, 2013 10:13 pm

    Excellent work ………..wonderfull…amazing !!!

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