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Photoshop: How to Create a Powerful SUPERNOVA from Scratch

October 28, 2019

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to create a powerful
supernova from scratch. Create a new document by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + N or by going to File and New. Make the Width: 1920 pixels, the Height: 1080
pixels and the Resolution: 150 pixels per inch. The Color is RGB and 8 bits per channel. Click “Custom” and click “Black” or click
the box and pick black. Then, click “Create” or “Open”. Click the lock icon to unlock the layer and double-click the thumbnail to open its Layer Style window. Click “Gradient Overlay”. The Blend Mode is “Normal” and the Opacity is 100%. Click the gradient bar and click the “Black, White” thumbnail”. Check “Reverse”and “Align with Layer”. The Style is “Radial”, the Angle is 90 degrees
and the Scale is 100%. Click “Color Overlay”. The Blend Mode is: “Color”. Click the color box and in the hexadecimal
field, type in: 5B3307. We’ll convert our gradient into a Smart Object by clicking the icon at the upper right of the Layers panel and clicking “Convert to Smart Object”. This will allow us to enlarge the gradient. Press Ctrl or Cmd + T to open your Transform Tool. At the top, click the chain-link icon between
the Width and the Height. This links both of them, so whatever percentage we type into one, will be automatically repeated in the other. In either field, type in 195%. Then, click the checkmark or press Enter or Return twice. Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. If your foreground and background colors aren’t black and white respectively, press “D” on your keyboard. Go to Filter, Render and Clouds. Open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl
or Cmd + T. Click the “Warp Transform” icon. Click the “Custom” tab and click “Fisheye”. Bend it: minus 100. Then, press Enter or Return twice. Convert it into a Smart Object and change
its Blend Mode to “Overlay”. Go to Filter, Distort and Twirl. Twirl it 45 degrees. Make a copy of it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Open your Transform Tool. If you see this message, it’s just letting
us know that the filters will be temporarily turned off while we use the Transform Tool. Just click OK. Click the chain-link icon and in either the
Width or the Height and type in 200. Go to Edit, Transform and “Rotate 180 degrees”. Then, as before, click the check mark at the top or press
Enter or Return twice. Hide the Twirl filter on the copy and to save space in the Layers panel, collapse the effects on both layers. Click the Adjustment layer icon and click
“Solid Color”. Type in: B65A00. Change the Blend Mode to “Overlay”. Adjustment layers affect all the layers below
it in the Layers panel, but we want it to affect just the one layer below it. To do this, we’ll need to make the adjustment
layer into a clipping mask. Either press Ctrl + Alt + G on Windows or
Cmd + Option + G on a Mac. Or, you can go to Layer and “Create Clipping Mask”. Next, we’ll add bright, sharp streaks of light
emanating from the central core. Make a new layer and fill it with black. Go to Filter, Noise and “Add Noise”. Make the Amount: 100%, Gaussian and Monochromatic. Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Blur it point 3 pixels. Open the Levels window by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + L. In the Input Shadows field, type in 150 and in the Input Highlights field, type in 160. Go to Filter, Blur and “Radial Blur”. The Amount is 100, the Blur Method is “Zoom”
and the Quality is “Best”. We’ll expand the radial blur once more by
pressing Ctrl + Alt + F on Windows or Cmd +Option + F on a Mac. On earlier versions of Photoshop, press Ctrl or Cmd +F. Then, convert it into a Smart Object. Change its Blend Mode to “Color Dodge”. Go to Filter, Distort and Twirl. Keep the Angle at 45 degrees. Go back to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Blur it 2 pixels. Lastly, we’ll create the star, itself. Make the bottom layer active and make a new layer above it. Open your Elliptical Marquee Tool and go to the center. Left-click and hold as you press and hold Alt or Option + Shift and drag out a circular selection from the center approximately
this size. Go to Select, Modify and Feather. Feather it 5 pixels…fill it with black…and deselect it. To center it, press Ctrl or Cmd + A and open your Move Tool. Click the “Align Horizontal Centers” icon and the “Align Vertical Centers” icon. Then, deselect it. Double-click the thumbnail of the star layer
to open its Layer Style window. Click “Inner Glow”. Click the box and type in FFBA00. Then, click OK. The Blend Mode is Normal, the Opacity is 100%
and the Technique is “Softer”. The Source is Edge, the Choke is 0%, the Size
is 57 pixels and the Range is 50%. Collapse the effects to save space. Make a new layer. Open your Brush Tool and Brush Picker. Make the size temporarily 150 pixels and the Hardness: 0%. Make the Opacity: 40% and the Flow: 100%. Invert your foreground and background colors
by pressing “x” on your keyboard. White is your foreground color. Brush directly over the rim to brighten it. To make your brush bigger, make sure the CapsLock key isn’t active and press the right bracket on your keyboard a few times. Continue to brush sparingly over the rim. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  • Reply Muhammed Shibin February 5, 2018 at 1:49 am

    How to create logo intro

  • Reply Javier Hdz. Arzola February 5, 2018 at 1:51 am

    Greetings from México! Thanks a lot Marty, I love yours tutorials

  • Reply Returning Shadow February 5, 2018 at 2:01 am

    Marty, don't know if I'll make the livestream tomorrow so I'll ask here. With regarding specifically photoshop, are you self taught or did you have some formal training at one time?

  • Reply Tech Harmony February 5, 2018 at 2:03 am

    Very helpful

  • Reply AJ Sharf February 5, 2018 at 2:29 am

    very nice.

  • Reply Muhammad Ammar Raza Attari February 5, 2018 at 3:19 am

    very nice and thnx alot dear I feel its the best learning channel at youtube

  • Reply MoistCheese February 5, 2018 at 3:19 am

    I needed this!

  • Reply Sasinun Arunkittipat February 5, 2018 at 3:24 am

    Thank U I love Blue Lightning

  • Reply S.E. Cheng February 5, 2018 at 3:44 am

    Awesome as always Marty! Thank you for all your tutorials!

  • Reply Mungiwara 3019 February 5, 2018 at 3:52 am

    Hi Marty, what kind of photoshop do you use anyway?

  • Reply Deepak Soni February 5, 2018 at 4:53 am

    good i laik

  • Reply rrr40 February 5, 2018 at 5:15 am

    kinda looks like the eye of sauron from lord of the rings too AWESOME

  • Reply Dark Knight February 5, 2018 at 5:30 am

    gradient black ok, then after doing color overlay 5b3307 all become color. plz suggest

  • Reply KING TILLMAN February 5, 2018 at 5:42 am

    Your the best

  • Reply Arshad Niazi February 5, 2018 at 6:31 am

    Love you.

  • Reply yaso yaso February 5, 2018 at 7:14 am

    please marty can you tell me some information about 8 bit that you said atthe begining becauce i had never changed this icone ,and i observed this icone since 3 days and it can be changed at end i hope you are fine .god bless you ,my name is yasser from egypt

  • Reply laszlo zsurka February 5, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Like the new intro.

  • Reply mohammed soultan February 5, 2018 at 11:01 am

    good luck marty

  • Reply JayPlaysOfficial February 5, 2018 at 11:12 am

    And this is exactly why i subscribed to this channel! PERFECTION!

  • Reply Arian Lendez February 5, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Great tutorial! 🙂

  • Reply Olga Vareli February 5, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    another magnificent tutorial!Thank you!

  • Reply Alejandro Alarcon February 5, 2018 at 9:43 pm


  • Reply Tommy Nicol February 5, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    love trying out galaxy space/supernova one's all so powerful text one's. !love Blue Lightning TV tutorial! so much fun on trying them out thanks ..

  • Reply Dan Osper February 5, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    I am having a problem when I try to fill the star with black. After I create the circle a warning appears about less than 50% selection. Then it disappears before I can fill it. What have I missed mate?

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    ……№ 1……

  • Reply Uwe Kienle February 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Super Tutorial, Danke!!!

  • Reply Beomseo Kim February 13, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Thank you Mr.Marty for the videos! I Please make more videos! ty

  • Reply M Tufail March 10, 2018 at 6:30 am

    Please make a video to describe how to make army logo

  • Reply M Tufail March 10, 2018 at 6:31 am

    Or how to install offline photoshop cc 2015 Spacilly request 🇵🇰🇵🇰

  • Reply SS March 15, 2018 at 4:10 am

    Omg I made this using Photoshop and after following every single direction, IT TURNED OUT TO BE AMAZING!!!
    I love your channel and your videos are so awesome!

  • Reply Dimitris Sartzetakis April 1, 2018 at 12:24 am

    5:29 …or hover your mouse between the two layers and click while holding Alt/Option. I've missed that…

  • Reply 00killjoy99 May 16, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    You teach us how to create and destroy so much.

    its c o o l and g o o d

  • Reply Hans Lozano June 2, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Some tutorial forma black hole, thks. CC2018

  • Reply Lars 010 June 14, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Remember people, always save each time 5 minutes or so have passed while making this or any other photoshop document. Mine froze while making this and I forgot to save, so I had to start all over again. Not a huge problem but still, save yourself some time!

  • Reply IRINA July 16, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Супер! Спасибо за урок!

  • Reply Thomas Cummings September 5, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    420 th like

  • Reply Alex Winson September 29, 2018 at 4:11 am

    Pls give a link of photoshop cc 2018 download 🙏🙏🙏

  • Reply Android Bani October 16, 2018 at 1:17 am

    nice sir

  • Reply BeepBeepImASheep237 BeepBeepImASheep237 November 9, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    6:43 That sounds like optical illusion.

  • Reply Joker3Designs January 22, 2019 at 12:03 am

    how did you make it animated at the end of the video??

  • Reply Qamar Sayed February 11, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    East or West Blue Lighting TV is the best

  • Reply LeVan The Man March 9, 2019 at 2:18 am

    damn thanks guys this is awesome

  • Reply Kevin April 10, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    NASA's new photo of a Black Hole Today! Bwahahahahaha

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