50 Photoshop Tutorials For Sky and Space Effects

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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.

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.

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 manipulation and others are more suited for fun and experimentation. Take some time and explore the possibilities when working with the sky and space.

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Space and Planets

Cosmic Photoshop Action (affiliate link)

Brush over your photo, choose an effect direction and play the Action to achieve this cosmic look.


Space Photoshop Brushes (affiliate link)

This set of 10 photorealistic Photoshop brushes lets you create nightskys and starscapes with ease. The brushes are fully customizable, so you can change any brush parameters as you like to achieve the desired results.


Helio Nebula Tutorial

How to paint a Nebula Star effect in Adobe Photoshop.


Create a Supernova and a Ringed Planet

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


Create a Red Giant Star in Photoshop

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


Photoshop Tutorial: Space Environment

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


Planet Ring Tutorial

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


Nebula Brushing Tutorial

Creat this Nebula only with Photoshops basic brush-set.


How to Illustrate an Astronaut in Photoshop

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


Drift In Space

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


Space Explosion Photoshop Tutorial

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


Recreating Solar Eclipse in Space

One more tutorial about creating a great space landscape.


Outer Space Astronaut

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


The Sky

Sky Replacer (affiliate link)

It’s not always bright and sunny outside, but this set of actions helps you make those pale, gray skies in your photos more beautiful.


Lightning Photoshop Brushes (affiliate link)

A pack of 50 high-quality lightning strike and lightning bolt brushes as well as thunderstorm effects.


Create a sprit dove effect

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


Design Surreal Concept Manipulation

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


Painting clouds

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


Create a Fantasy Fish Scene above the Sky

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


Starry Sky Tutorial

How to draw a starry sky only in Adobe Photoshop.


How to create fog

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


Super Slick Dusky Lighting Effects

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.


Add A Realistic Rainbow

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


Planet Integration Tutorial

How to integrate a planet in another photo.


How to create a realistic sunset effect in Photoshop

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


Movie Like Sunset in Photoshop Tutorial

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



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


Create Rays Of Light In Photoshop

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



Create a Dramatic Building Explosion Scene

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


Exploding Planet

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


Create a Space Explosion

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


Apocalyptic City Explosion

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


Create a Dramatic and Surreal Apocalyptic Scene

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


How To Create Blast In The City Effect In Photoshop

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



Mysterious Lighting Effect

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


Creating A Fantastic Fantasy Night Sky

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


Skyline Silhouette Header

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


Cartoon Clouds Tutorial

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


Moon Tutorial

It only needs 8 steps to draw a moon.



Realistic Sunset Effect

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


Digital Space Art

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


Make Spirals of Light in Deep Space

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


Photoshop Tutorial - Create Space Pictures

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


Creating a starfield

Creating a starfield in Photoshop with some interstellar clouds.


How to Composite a Moon or Planet

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


Close Up Planet Tutoria

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


Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create a Nuclear Explosion

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



In this Photoshop Tutorial you will create a abstract explosion.


How To Edit Dramatic Sky

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


Spiral Star Trails

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


How To Create a More Impacting Sunrise/Sunset

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


How to Create a Sunset in Photoshop

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


3D Planet Scene

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


Tutorial - Painting a Nebula

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


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