Make a galaxy within an eye
Create an epic swirling galaxy within an eye using layer masks, blend modes, filters and adjustments
Fit an entire galaxy within an eye using layer masks, blend modes, filters and adjustments
They say the eyes are the window to the soul, but in this tutorial they become windows into the deep recesses of space. Thanks to amazing technological advances with telescopes, humans can now see farther than ever before and capture stunning images of galaxies, nebulae and all the wonders that the universe has to offer.
Luckily, NASA shares many of their truly awe-inspiring images and videos with the world, offering them free to download from their image and video library at www.images.nasa.gov.
Using masks, blend modes and adjustment layers, you can use some of these amazing images to replace a normal iris with a star-filled galaxy, swirling toward the pupil. With a wide array of images to choose from, you could also opt for a more cloud-like galaxy, or a sparser arrangement of stars. Once the layer masks are in place, it’s possible to add any star system you like. And if you aren’t a fan of purple, the colour scheme is easy to alter too; by simply applying different Hue adjustments you can create a galaxy of any colour.
Whichever image you choose, make sure the galaxy is the focus of attention by using adjustment layers to create plenty of contrast between the stars and a dark backdrop.