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Tutorial: Nebula-Brushes by Ov3RMinD Tutorial: Nebula-Brushes by Ov3RMinD
I'm getting asked quite a lot how I do all my nebula work, so I decided it would be a good idea to share some of my knowledge in a tutorial.
Now that my semester has finished and I'm done with all the exams I finally found time to do this. Turned out more comprehensive than I expected.
The brush I made for this tutorial can be found here: [link]

This is my contribution to the great community here at deviantArt.

If you have any suggestions, found any errors or just got any kind of feedback, please let me know.


I hope it'll be useful.

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Special thanks to !Kirill-Gorshkov for the english Photoshop screenshots and ^Elandria for the Daily Deviation. :hug:

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Note:
I've used Adobe Photoshop CS3 for this tutorial. It appears that the brush settings menu has undergone some minor changes in CS5. As far as I know, all the relevant options are still available, they just might have been moved to another sub-menu.
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Given 2012-09-09
:iconobsidianobscure:
ObsidianObscure Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
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:iconobsidianobscure:
ObsidianObscure Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
IMPOSIBRRUUU!!!!!1
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:iconsamurai-ko:
Samurai-ko Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
This is WONDERFUL, thank you so much!
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:iconhunterki11er:
HunterKi11er Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Thanks for this excellent tutorial. 
Really pleased with the resulting look.
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:iconskullflower90:
Skullflower90 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student
This is so helpful thanks! I find it quite hard to draw this cloudy/smokey-texture, but the results are great anyway :hexentanz:
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:iconskullflower90:
Skullflower90 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student
Ach herrje, du bist ja deutsch. Mal sehen, wie viele Stunden ich heute noch an meinem ersten Space Art sitzen werde, die Ergebnisse werden natürlich gepostet!
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:iconlinstock:
Linstock Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Great work , thanks.
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:iconcuernomuerto:
cuernomuerto Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
good thanks
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:iconpearlphoenix:
PearlPhoenix Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I learned a lot from this. Thank you so much :hug:
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:iconcelticwren:
celticwren Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is great!
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:iconmelsr007:
melsr007 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist
:wow:
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:iconbuho01:
Buho01 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really cool :la:
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:iconasaph70:
asaph70 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
to bad I only have PSE9 and can't set brushes up this way. Great tut thanks for sharing
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:icontholiaart:
TholiaArt Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing tuto !! You sure deserved the DD :aww: !
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:iconthy-darkest-hour:
Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really love this tutorial, unfortunately it seems that I am better at painting my own fireworks than I am nebulas :D
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:iconzedna7:
Zedna7 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
this is fantastic! Thanks for making it :love:
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:iconinuyasharules6596:
InuyashaRules6596 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
grr this would be so cool to try but all i have is gimp
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:iconfinex666:
finex666 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
amazing!
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:iconmercurycrest:
MercuryCrest Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If I may ask, what version of PS are you using?

I've got CS5 but don't seem to have the "Other Dynamics" choice under Brush Tip Shape....
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:iconov3rmind:
Ov3RMinD Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am using CS3. It appears that the menu structure for brush settings has changed in CS5. The settings are still the same but you might find them under different sub menus.
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:iconmercurycrest:
MercuryCrest Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gotcha. Thanks.

I was still able to follow the tutorial and get an excellent result. :)
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:iconmoonchilde-stock:
Moonchilde-Stock Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Thanks for this... I really need to learn how to make brushes out of the nebula I have already created on my other account Casperium.. do you have tuts or know of any for making brushes???
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:iconov3rmind:
Ov3RMinD Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sadly no. Everything I know about brushes I've found by googling online or figuring out myself.
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:iconmoonchilde-stock:
Moonchilde-Stock Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Well I guess i will have to do the same.lol.. thanks
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:iconmercurycrest:
MercuryCrest Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent tutorial!

I was just trying to figure out a similar effect for use with a watercolor technique I picked up a little while ago.

This will find a lot of use in my backgrounds. Thanks!
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:icon0snow-white0:
0Snow-White0 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice! Thank you. :)
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:iconrita-ria:
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you
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:iconvilest:
Vilest Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
It's convenient that the one day I browse the DD's that something as helpful as this should come up. I wish I had found this sooner.
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:iconpartin-arts:
Partin-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Nice work!
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:iconigeking:
igeking Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the Tutorial!!, its great!!
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:iconsuchimangolassi:
suchiMANGOLASSI Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is really helpful and useful! Thank you so much for taking the time to make this for us!
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:iconov3rmind:
Ov3RMinD Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. I'm glad you like it and hope you'll learn a lot. :)
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:iconmax-sadhaka:
Max-Sadhaka Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for a cool tutorial
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:iconjulisketch:
JuliSketch Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012   General Artist
Thanks for sharing this with us!
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:iconcheda5543:
Cheda5543 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
great job
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:icongravenimagez:
gravenimagez Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Artist
Sweet! Thank you so much!
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:iconnazo-the-unsolvable:
Nazo-The-Unsolvable Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well that's really cool, but some of us just can't follow these tuts. Digital painting with a tablet or a mouse doesn't come easy to most. Most of the time it just looks like a stroke fest, or the shading and lighting look off. But I really do envy the people that can do this type of work.
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:iconov3rmind:
Ov3RMinD Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I know what you're talking about. I'm actually a little bit sad I didn't go more in-depth about the painting part of the tutorial. But to be honest, there isn't that much more I could write. Most of it is just practice, practice, practice.
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:iconnazo-the-unsolvable:
Nazo-The-Unsolvable Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh, no one's at fault here lol. People have natural talents and other talents they can't obtain. That's being realistic. I was just making it apparent that something like this doesn't come easy, even if you want to learn how, doesn't mean you will. You have to have the 'eye'. Y'know?
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:iconzummerfish:
zummerfish Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is absolutely amazing :clap:
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:iconjello-in-a-box:
Jello-In-A-Box Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so useful :D ! Thank you
I always wanted to know how people did that
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:iconthecynicalflowergirl:
TheCynicalFlowerGirl Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, thanks so much for sharing and congrats on your DD! :D
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:iconov3rmind:
Ov3RMinD Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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:iconjhibbs:
JHibbs Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
TY
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:iconthebutterfly:
TheButterfly Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012   Digital Artist
Very informative! Thanks for sharing!
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:icondibujosdegerardogc:
DibujosDeGerardoGC Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I dont like it, because you use a previus maked brush, if you do this in manually paint for all the details, i respect you, but you use a brush, you use photoshop, and i don't like it. I hope you understand my point. If i have to draw in Photoshop, i prefer to draw nothing.
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:iconov3rmind:
Ov3RMinD Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So you want to say I have to use something like Paint? Honestly, using paint is like cheating. In my opinion, you should write every single bit in the picture file yourself. Having a program that translates bits into pixels so you can paint blue and red and green pixels is not real painting. I hope you understand my point.
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DibujosDeGerardoGC Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
In MS Paint, you have to create all by yourself, the program don't make the light, distorsion or the brush, you have to do it. I only write my opinnion, and i don`t want to continue this "discusion" because I critic your deviation and you, ofended, report me and i lost my accout because DA ban me, at critic one "super fantastic and explosive uncriticable" dayly deviation. I sorry, but i don`t like this, and i spech us that. Don't offend. If you like use photoshop, continue, i only give my point. If you don`t like my opinion, only block me and you only have positive coments for you. Don't report my opinion. Freedom expression are lost.
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:iconov3rmind:
Ov3RMinD Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have absolutely no problem with what you are saying. I understand that this is your opinion and I can see where you are coming from even if I don't agree with you. Why on earth would I report you for stating your opinion in a civilized manner? That's what these comments are for. And I certainly don't expect that everyone loves what I'm doing.
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:iconmoonchilde-stock:
Moonchilde-Stock Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Que te pasa?? Si no te gusta usar los brushes (o Photoshop) que otro ha creado, entonces no lo uses... No tienes que decirle a este artista lo que le has dicho. Es mejor que no le digas nada. Hay mucha gente que si usan los Brushes y agradecen mucho que alguien les haya hecho algo tan util.
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