Make a galaxy within an eye

Cre­ate an epic swirling galaxy within an eye us­ing layer masks, blend modes, fil­ters and ad­just­ments

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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.

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