Photo Manipulation Tutorial – Beautiful Planet into a Burning Dead Planet Using Photoshop

Photo Manipulation Tutorial – Beautiful Planet into a Burning Dead Planet Using Photoshop

This time I’m going to show you how to turn a Beautiful Planet scene into a Burning Dead Planet scene. Upon close inspection it also may look like the sun is behind the dead planet. You will require basic knowledge of Photoshop for this tutorial.

We are going to be turning this image:

This image and all credits for the image used in this tutorial goes to its rightful owner. The original can be found at this site.


Before we begin, a high resolution copy of the original image of the planet used in this tutorial is available for download here.

Step 1:

Download and open the image.

Step 2:

Make a selection of the planet using the Elliptical Marquee tool as shown in the image below, using the shift button will help make a proper circle:

Copy the planet and paste it into a new layer on top.

Step 3:

While you have the Background Layer selected, go to the Image Menu – > Adjustments – > Hue/Saturation OR press CTRL+U.

Use these settings and don’t forget to press the colorize button as shown in the image below:

You’ll get :

Hope you’re following me and getting the same results up till now, feel free to leave a comment any time with any questions..

Step 4:

Once done with applying the Hue/Saturation settings, create a new layer on top of all other layers.

This time fill it with Orange color [color code: #F04B23] using the paint bucket tool. Change this layer’s effect to ‘Color Burn’.

You should get:

Step 5:

Exposing the hidden area.

Select the layer you copied only the planet to and change its Layer Effect to ‘Exclusion’.

The Image will now look like this:

Step 6:

We are now going to use the Torn Edges filter on the same layer, however, before you use this filter, you have to set your color because the filter uses the colors you have active. Choose White [code#ffffff] as the Active/foreground Color and Black [code:#000000] as the Secondary/Background Color:

Go to the Filters Menu, Select Sketch and from the menu select the ‘Torn Edges’ Filter, apply the following settings:

Image Balance: 25
Smoothness: 11
Contrast: 17

You’ll get this:

Bring down the opacity to 65% on the orange color layer, to get rid of the extra yellow and to make sure the flame effect and the stars are more visible in the background.

You’ll get the final image:

I hope this tutorial was easy to follow. Feel free to leave any questions or comments.

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