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Making a nice space image

Blender 3d tutorial

This tutorial is made due to a request from a user at DarkScarab

If you choose to so this tutorial please leave a comment. I would also very much like to see how it turned out for you so drop a link or send me a link to an image of what you did if you want to :) To view the images in their original size, right click and choose show image. I made my image with 1920x1080 dimensions.

This tutorial is aimed at the slightly more advanced users, but in any case its aimed at teaching some techniques you can use in images other than a space image.

Before you start this tutorial you should either have a planet made or do this tutorial: PLANET TUTORIAL

Ok, start gimp and make the background black (using the fill tool, unless its already black)


Then click filter>noise>HSV noise and use the settings from FIG1 or experiment a little.


Now insert the planet you have made using this tutorial: PLANET TUTORIAL


Duplicate the planet and position it wherever you want, you can also scale it(this one will be the moon)
When you have positioned the duplicate click colors>desaturate to make it grey(moons usually are grey right? ^^)


Now create a new layer and click filter>render>cloud>solid noise


Now its time to save :) When you have done that, duplicate the cloud layer (just in case) and the click filter>blur>motion blur and use the setting in FIG6 or try your own.


Ok, when this is done you will have to play with some settings on your own, I will start you by saying that duplicating the blurred cloud layer maybe more than once and

setting it to multiply mode like in FIG7 will help get dark spots darker. You should also know that doing the motion blur again might be a good idea as well.


I didnt want to go into too much detail on the clouds part because there are so much room there to play and make the image your own. But, I will tell you how to do the

supernova another way, and this way is easy.

First of all make a nice shape with your pen tool.


Then duplicate the layer and click Layer>transform>flip vertically, merge the new layer down, the duplicate it and do the same again but this time you flip horizontally

instead, and yet again merge it down and AGAIN duplicate it and now you will rotate it 90 degrees instead, after you've done that motion blur it again with the same settings as

with the clouds but DONT FORGET TO MAKE THE LAYER THE SAME SIZE AS THE IMAGE!(layer>layer size to image)it is important ;) otherwise it will be blurred way wrong, and don't

forget to make a duplicate of the layer your going to blur just in case :P. Btw, if by doing this in another image you can also make a nice iris for an eye texture, just an FYI ;)

If you did everything as I said you should have something like in FIG9.


Duplicate the layer and rotate 90 degrees, then merge down(so the non rotated layer and the rotated layer will be one layer. Now lets click color>invert on the layer we just blurred, this will change from white to black and make it darker.

And now lets blur it again ;) filter>blur>motion blur and the same settings again.

now you can duplicate the layer to make it more visible or darker, but in any case this part is up to you.

Here is what I will use in this tutorial:


I will turn down the opacity of this layer to 22.6, and create a supernova in the middle of it.


I will turn down the opacity of the supernova to 58.1

Now lets move the star layer up to the to and set it to screen, and paint it black where the planets are so the stars wont be over the planets. Then make a new black layer at the bottom, this will be the background.

Now lets change the colors of the planets(all should have the same color, the color comes from the supernova) so lets do this, click color>color balance and change the settings

to this(this is a fiery color): Shadows: 100, -4, -100, Midtones: 100, 100, -100, Highlights: 100, -25, -100

Please do play with the settings, these are just my settings and they may not work for you.

If all layers that you will use for the image is visible you should have this:


And that concludes this tutorial, I have left A LOT of room for improvement here, with more work on this you can get a great space image, a tip is to make some of the stars

bigger and brighter while some are smaller and less bright.

I hope you learned something from this!

Thank you for reading! Please do comment on this tutorial and rate it, also please visit for more help and critique.

Here is the XCF file for further reference.

XCF file

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