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    The Red Giant

    In this tutorial l will show you a technique used to create a great star-field with an exploding red giant. This effect is extremely easy to create and looks great for a desktop background, or a signature.

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    Step 1.)
    Start a new document that is any size, l'm using 500x400 for this tutorial. Fill the background with black (#000000)

    Step 2.)
    Next set your foreground color to red (#FF0000), get out the brush tool and set it up like so:

    Now draw a random shape near the middle of the canvas as l've done here.

    Step 3.)
    With the brush still set at 80 pixels in diameter, set your foreground color to yellow (#FFFC00) and trace the inside of your shape as l've done here:

    Step 4.)
    With the brush still set at 80 pixels in diameter, set your foreground color to white (#FFFFFF) and trace around the inside of your shape once again this time inside of the yellow, as l've done here:

    Step 5.)
    Next go to Filter->Blur->Gaussian blur with a setting of 45 pixels:

    Step 6.)
    Go to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Hue/Saturation.

    Press okay.

    Press okay.

    Your layer pallet will now look like this:

    Step 7.)
    Create a new layer, and press 'D' on your keyboard. (this will set your foreground color to black, and your background color to white)
    Go to Filter->Render->Clouds and press CTRL + F to repeat the effect 2 times.

    Change the blending mode of this layer to "color dodge"

    Next got to Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Levels

    Press okay.

    Press okay.


    Step 8.)
    Now we'll add some stars for the background, this is very easy. Create a new layer. And fill the background with black (#000000).
    Go to Filter->Noise->Add Noise and apply these settings:

    Change the blending option of this layer to "Screen"


    After playing around with the image for a bit l was able to create this piece. Really the only difference is a slight Opacity to the "explosion" layer, and a tint of blue added to the outside of the explosion to add a more dramatic contrast.

    Adjusting any of the steps in this tutorial will create a completely different effect. Experimentation is the key to photoshop. Have fun and

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