In this tutorial, I will show you the processes of creating this Deep Space Text Effect in Photoshop. We will use a handwriting font, combine it with nebula and fire textures to form the final effect. We will also be using some selection and image adjustment techniques along the way.

This is an intermediate level tutorial and some steps can be tricky, but why not have a try!

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in CS6 – therefore some screenshot may have slighting different layout as in the earlier version. Some brushes are exclusive to Photoshop CS6.

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 stocks:

Ground image

Font

Space image 1 by Mithgariel

Space image 2 by ex-astris1701

Fire

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1400px * 759px with black background. Load the ground image into Photoshop and copy the entire image to our document, resize and perspective it as shown below:

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Use a soft eraser to remove the top edge as shown below:

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Add the following adjustment layers to this ground texture:

Black and White

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Levels

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and here is the effect so far:

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Step 2

Type some letters onto the canvas with the font we downloaded:

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Load the text layer’s selection, move the selection over to the “space image 1″ stock, as shown below:

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Copy and paste the selection over to our document and cover the original text:

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Apply the following layer blending mode to this new space texture layer:

Stroke

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Inner Glow

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Here is the effect so far:

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Step 3

Load the fire texture into Photoshop and select the following portion with a 40px feather setting Lasso Tool:

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Copy and paste to the selection to our canvas, reduce its size as shown below:

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Warp this texture with the free transform tool:

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Apply the following Hue/Saturation adjustment to change its colour:

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Attach the texture to the letter:

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Continue to add the texture to cover the entire letter, make sure your rotate, warp the texture to fit the shape of the letter:

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Keep going until all letters are covered with the fire texture:

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Step 4

We will add some special lighting effect into the image. Create a new layer and paint a small dot:

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On the same layer, use a smaller white brush to paint another dot in the centre:

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And use the warp tool to warp it as shown below:

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Attach a few of these lighting stripes to the letters as shown below:

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Step 5

We will add some extra nebula and cloud effect into our image. Select the following portion with a 30px feather Lasso Tool from “space image 2″:

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Copy and paste the selection to our document and apply the following Hue/Saturation settings:

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Add 3 of these to our document as shown below. Make sure you place the layers below the text layer:

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Add one more nebula texture from “space image 1″:

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Copy and paste the selection to our document and apply the following Hue/Saturation settings:

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Add 2 of these to our document as shown below. Make sure you place the layers above the text layer and set the layer blending mode to “screen”:

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Add some cloud effect on the ground with a cloud brush or the cloud filter:

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Step 6

For final touches, I flattened the layers and apply this unsharp mask filter settings to the background layer in order to sharpen the image a bit:

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Apply the following selective color adjustment layer on top to fine tune the colour:

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6 sel whites Create Deep Space Text Effect in Photoshop

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and here is my final effect: (click to enlarge)

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That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy going through it and find it useful. Drop me a comment below if you have any question.

Till next time, have a great day!