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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.

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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


Space image 1 by Mithgariel

Space image 2 by ex-astris1701


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:

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

Add the following adjustment layers to this ground texture:

Black and White


and here is the effect so far:

Step 2

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

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

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

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


Inner Glow

Here is the effect so far:

Step 3

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

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

Warp this texture with the free transform tool:

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

Attach the texture to the letter:

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

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

Step 4

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

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

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

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

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”:

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

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

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

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

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”:

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

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:

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

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

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!

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