In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create this Detailed Meteorite and Surrounding Space Environment in Photoshop. This is an intermediate level tutorials and some steps can be a bit tricky, but why not have a try!

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (Click to Enlarge)

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Ok Let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stock:

Rock

Debris Brush

Fire Explosion Brush

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1400px * 900px with black background. Create a new layer and use the fire explosion brush, paint some nebula pattern as shown below:

(Hint: do not set the brush opacity and flow to be too high, try set them both at around 20%. Use Soft Eraser to remove part s of the cloud to create depth)

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Create a new layer and draw a black circle as shown below:

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Step 2

Load the rock image into Photoshop, grab the Quick Selection Tool from the toolbox, set the brush tip to be around 35px (hard brush):

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Select one rock piece from the image with Quick Selection Tool:

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Paste your selection to the base, desaturate it as we don’t need the colour:

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Go back to the rock stock photo, grab a few more different pieces and paste them on the base, until them form the following shape: (desaturate while pasting them)

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Make the base layer invisible, and here is the effect so far:

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Step 3

Now merge those rock layers together, duplicate the merged layer a few times, reduce their size and scatter them around the canvas, as shown below:

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Then use the debris brush you downloaded, paint some scattering effect around the meteorite (make sure you adjust the flow and opacity to be both around 40% before you start painting)

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Also make sure you paint some debris to the smaller meteorite on the side:

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Use the fire explosion brush, paint some cloud effect around the meteorite as shown below:

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Step 4

I decided to add some motion blur effect into the image to make it more dynamic. So let’s create a new layer and paint with the debris brush as shown below:

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Apply the following Motion Blur settings to it:

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and you will have the following effect:

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Go to Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen and sharpen this image a bit:

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and you will see parts of the image become brighter:

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Reduce the layer opacity to around 50%, and you will have the following effect:

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Duplicate this layer a a few times, and scatter them around the image, adjust the size and opacity of them accordingly:

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Step 5

We’re almost done. For some final touchups, I added some lighting effect with a soft round, white brush to the position shown below (on a new layer):

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Warp this light to fit the top left corner of the meteorite:

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and you will have the following effect:

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Add the following Curves Adjustment layer on top:

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and you will have the following effect:

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You can add more colour to the image, and dodge/burn the following areas to increase the image depth:

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I also made some slight colour changes and here is the final effect: (click to enlarge)

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That’s all for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful :) Till next time, have a great day!