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    Space art needs improvement

    So, I'm fairly new to both digital art and CA. Here is probably my best piece of digital art so far, still almost a WIP at the moment though. So, tell me how to improve it or what you think of it. Being brutally honest would be appreciated.
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    (Created with PS Elements 5.0 and Apophysis 2.0(?).)

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    I think its too over saturated and that local blue is hurting the image.

    The values should look pretty sweet in B&W,
    mabye some darker darks in the 'space' area

    I would switch the blue, closer to a cyan and only use saturation sparingly.

    hope this helps

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    Thanks for that
    There is the much less colourful original here, which is the same but with the colourful Apophysis layer made invisible. It is still painfully blue though, I might try lowering the saturation there.

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    Also, I might upload a similar one with the colourful section replaced with a B&W star scape. I made one of them in Apophysis as well, I could add it as the background:

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    Those are all very big stars, and round too. Hubble is in about the same place as your view. Also notice a lot of what your seeing in the hubble pics is really galaxies. This is a poor shot but shows how the planet could look. Have fun!

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    Ok, I've mixed them now. This looks better, though the planet could still do with a bit less saturation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r.mccabe View Post
    Those are all very big stars, and round too. Hubble is in about the same place as your view. Also notice a lot of what your seeing in the hubble pics is really galaxies. This is a poor shot but shows how the planet could look. Have fun!
    It isn't actually supposed to be earth, it was only a coincidence that it ended up looking so much like it. But thanks for the advice anyway.

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    Ok, this one has lower saturation. I have both saved, so which do you think is better?

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    Ya, its really getting there. Nice job.

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    The planet edge looks really bumpy. You could fix that pretty easy by using the circular marquee tool. The stars look good though.

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    That small moon looks a little too sharp in relation to the planet; either sharpen up the planet or knock back the detail on the moon, or both.

    Also, it looks a little like the Death Star, so watch out for that.

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    Thanks, I'll do that.

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    I've got the moon done, and manually attempted to straighten the planet edge. I can't get the marquee to work however, it never seems to be the right size, shape or location.

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    Tone down the blue glow a bit more, it really is very saturated. Technically it shouldn't be giving off that kind of glow at all... it implies that the planet is a light source, which is clearly isn't. The thin, white glow around it is more than enough.

    The background may be just a bit too bright, but I don't know what you're going for so I'll leave that up to you. I'd definitely try to rework the start pattern though- rather than pick a random, circular pattern and then glue a planet on it, sketch out a pattern that you want the start to clump into and factor the planet in, try to make an interesting composition with it. Let the starts guide our eyes around the paintings.

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    Thanks. I'll tone down the glow (I just felt like adding it, it isn't for realism).
    I don't know what I'm aiming for with this image, I just want it to looks as good as I can make it.
    The stars were generated in Apophysis, I don't know if you are familiar with the program but I can't actually choose the pattern of stars, I know barely anything about the program. That pattern occurred purely by chance. (you have written "starts" several times, you did mean stars didn't you?).

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    Ok, lower saturation in the atmosphere. My computer's colours aren't much good, but it is practically gone how I see it.

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    I made you a couple of examples, how it should look more natural. You did a good job making all those starts and stuff, but your picture just doenst look natural because of the diference in hue and saturation between that planet and other background stuff. So, the first one, marked in red is how you di it, and others are examples how you could do it more natural. You can see in the examples how it all goes together, the planet, the stars... everything is getting along.

    Hope this helps.

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    Thanks! That is very helpful.
    I'll see what I can do to mine.

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    Ok, here's one that's been edited a bit. I have a printed copy, and it's contrast etc were different, but very pleasing, so I've attempted to replicate them here.
    I've made the colours and saturation more fitting.
    Also, on the plus side, it looks less like Earth, which is good because it isn't supposed to be.

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