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Photoshop action to create an outer space scene

The net is full of tutorials about creating an outer space image, but every one of them, in order to achieve good results, require the user (you) to manually draw stars or adjust some parameters.

The real challenge is to code an action that creates an outer space without any drawing by the user.

The result I got, is a quite realistic outer space, and every time I play the action I get a different image.

Look at the examples:

Emanuele Feronato's outer space

Emanuele Feronato's outer space

Emanuele Feronato's outer space

Emanuele Feronato's outer space

Emanuele Feronato's outer space

As you can see, results are quite good, especially for game design.

Download the action and run into Photoshop.

I developed it with CS2 and I cannot test with any other platform so if you have a different version and the action runs, please let me know.

The action stops itself when you can change the image size and when you can change the background color of the nebulas you will created.

Enjoy it and let’s start coding space games…

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This post has 54 comments

  1. Freelance Website Design

    on June 6, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    This is really cool. Your scenes actually look pretty realistic. Especially the last one. Good job.

  2. SEO Services

    on June 6, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    These are cool space scenes. where did you learn to do that?

  3. Michael

    on June 7, 2007 at 12:39 am

    Really nice action, works just great, and looks great for such little time. =)

  4. Frederik J

    on June 7, 2007 at 7:27 am

    Yeah, i love i to. Good work there!

  5. Liam

    on June 7, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    Works in CS3

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  7. Neko

    on July 2, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    i cant open the file =( pls help me dude =(

  8. Peter

    on July 6, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    When running in Photoshop CS3 I get to pick the two background colours, and then it fails with the error message:

    “Could not complete the command because the selected area is empty.”

    It appears to have reached the stage
    Difference Clouds
    Set current layer
    Make layer

  9. Peter

    on July 6, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    And another follow-up: that was using a canvas of 850x75px; when I used an 850x500px canvas it completed without an error.

  10. Mark

    on July 30, 2007 at 6:12 am

    Dude, how do you use Action in photoshop?

  11. pareshrathod

    on September 9, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks,to construct so complicated atn & sharing.

  12. Alix

    on September 28, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    Took me a while to figure out how to use Action and where to find it but I found out eventually.

    If anyone is clueless where it is :

    [Window > Actions / f9]

    Anyways, awesome Action. I’ll be using it in game siggy’s

  13. B. Rockafeller

    on September 29, 2007 at 1:57 am

    Thanks for this. I used it and worked out great.

  14. madi

    on September 30, 2007 at 11:39 pm

    I believe that you just added color to these photos. i do not believe that you are a liar. but, good job making it look good! ;) –NOT!!! you didn’t even make it believable! haha! sucker!!

  15. madi delina

    on September 30, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    i believe that you are a liar and put color in the black area.nice try. you didn’t fool me though! haha! sucker!

  16. David

    on October 12, 2007 at 9:07 pm


  17. stolen

    on April 8, 2008 at 12:14 am

    madi, you’re a loser.

    great job btw on the space thingy. now i can use the techniques on my illustration exam. and its theme is ‘outer space’.

    -peace out-

  18. alfonso castrillo

    on September 22, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    very coll, thank you

  19. Graham

    on December 15, 2008 at 4:33 am

    Awesome, well done!

  20. Richard

    on February 4, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Hey there, Emanuele. I’ve used this action to create the backgrounds for my space game, GravPull. You wanted someone to create some space game with it, so there you go. :)

    I’ve used some other filters on the end result of your action but you should be able to recognize it if you take a look at my game.

    Anyways, I’ve been reading your blog for a few months and I enjoy in very much. I don’t know where you get the time to blog so frequently. Keep it up!


  21. José

    on July 9, 2009 at 6:15 am

    It´s a great action, thanks a lot. You wanted to know if it works on another version, well i Just tried it in cs3 and it worked perfect.

  22. Simon

    on October 22, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Works great on CS4 as well! Thanks! :)

  23. Chaos

    on April 18, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    It works with photoshop 7

  24. carol ann

    on June 21, 2010 at 1:28 am

    works great for print and in cs5!

  25. Petra

    on January 21, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Works like a charm and is amazing! Thank you :)

  26. Roger Wilco

    on May 10, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Awesome tool. Works fine in CS5.
    Thanks it saved me lots of time

  27. Malden

    on May 22, 2011 at 2:08 am

    thanks for that! its just what i was looking for :)

  28. Laz

    on August 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    this is awesome. works well in CS 5

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    on January 22, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Thank you for posting. This is just what I was looking for! :-)

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    on July 1, 2013 at 6:43 am

    I just tested this in photoshop CS6 and it works a dream!
    Great work with this , cuts out A LOT of time for spacescapes thank you!

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    Hi, I need instructions on how to use it pease

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    on March 12, 2014 at 10:30 pm

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