In this tutorial we will create abstract planetary rings on Earth to give it a supernatural feel. It is also a good tutorial in using Filter effects...
Before we begin, let's take a look at the image we're creating
First of all create a new square document and fill it with black. Reset your background and foregrounds colors by pressing D. Go to Filter > Render > Lens Flare. Use the settings in the image below
Go to Filter > Distort > Twirl and set a big angle
Go to Filter > Sketch > Chrome and use these settings
Now we will add color to our image. Press Ctrl-U to open the Hue/Saturation box, adjust its color as you like
We will make its color more vivid. Press Ctrl-J to duplicate the current layer and change its blending mode to Screen
Press Ctrl-E to merge down this layer
Go to Filter > Distort > Twirl and use the settings in the image (same as step 2)
Now, to get going, we'll need our planet image, and then conduct a number of other steps to finish up ...
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