sci-fi meteor night

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how you can create a sci-fi meteor night in Photoshop. This tutorial will walk you through about the working process of turning an ordinary daylight photo into a sci-fi night. You’ll also learn how you can achieve very cold tones effects in your photo manipulation. Sound interesting? Have a try!!

Tutorial Resources

Setting up the Background

Step 1

First of all download all the resources attached to this tutorial, this will make easier to follow the tutorial. Let’s start by creating a new document by selecting File > New and then set the setting as shown in the image below or you can go for a higher setting.


Step 2

Now place the cliff image to the main document. Select File > Place Embedded (Photoshop CC 2014) or Place and then place it.


As you can see that I’ve re-sized it using transform tool. So I can only get the cliff parts and also leave some space on the top of the document.

Step 3

In the previous step you’ve seen that we are not getting the cliff as much we needed. To fix this, flip the cliff layer horizontally. To do this, activate the Transform tool by pressing (CTRL + T) and then right click on the cliff layer and choose flip horizontal.


Here are the results after flipping it.


As you can see that we’ve enough parts of the cliff and also we’ve a far view for the scene.

Step 4

Add a layer mask to cliff layer (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All) and grab the Brush tool by pressing (B) on keyboard. Activate the Gradient tool by pressing (G) on the keyboard then choose a linear black/white gradient. Then apply it vertically (hold shift while applying) from top to bottom on the layer mask of cliff image.


Here you can see the layer mask results.


Adding Moon

Step 5

Place the moon under the cliff layer.


As you can see that by using Gradient Tool on the layer mask of cliff layer we’ve blended the moon to the cliff layer. I recommend this technique to everyone because it’s not only the faster way to hide any image parts but it’s also left soft edges while masking. That will allow us to blend two images without consuming time.

I also added a Gaussian Blur filter to moon layer. To apply it, select Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the radius value to 1.2. Here are the results on moon.


Step 6

Add a Hue/Saturation (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation) adjustment layer to the moon to colorize it. This will make make the moon more darker and shiny.


Here are the results.


Adding Mountains

Step 7

Place the mountain image below the cliff layer but above the moon layer. Here we’ve mountain image placed.


To reveal the moon parts we need to hide mountain top parts. Add a layer mask to mountain image and using a soft round black brush (B), hide the selected parts to reveal moon layer.


Here are results so far.


Step 8

Now we’ll add more colors to the moon and mountain layers using adjustments layers. So add a Curves adjustment layer above the mountain and here are the setting.


Here we got the results.


Step 9

Add again a Curves adjustment layer to increase brightness and for adding blue tones on the top parts of the scene.


Here are the results.


Step 10

Make a Levels adjustment layer to increase the brightness on Midtones and set the setting as shown in the image below.


Results :



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