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This entry was posted By Cubert on Thursday, February 25th, 2010 at 7:29 pm and is filed under Digital Photos, Tutorials. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

We swear that this template was designed long before we saw the Winter Olympics/Sean White snowboarding in space commercial. Now, you too can take extreme sports to the limits in today’s lesson, which showcases a variety of astronomical effects, placing athletes on an alien world, in the Interstellar Sports Template.

You can download the Interstellar Sports Template with full PSD source files and sliced table free HTML pages for this template in BoxedArt’s members section, as well as thousands of other website templates and web design products. Get a membership here.

Step 1: Setting the Header Size

Let’s start by creating the header size of the design. Click Control N to create a new document and set it to 910pixels x 400pixels. Next, we grab the get an Alien Base photo, we got ours from bigstockphoto. This is the one used in the Interstellar Sports template:

Step 2: Applying the Image to the Header

Next, let’s drag the Alien Base photo to the header you just created.

Step 3: Placing the Sports Photos

Now, we have to get a few sports photos. Below are the ones used in this web template:

Now, let’s get them in the header, just press Control V on the photos, and drag them in to the header. You can place them anywhere you prefer. These are how the above were placed:

Step 4: Adjusting the Blending Mode of the Photos:

Next, we have to adjust the blending mode for each photo. We are going to be using “Hard Light” mode for each of the photos. Just click on each of the photo layers respectively and change the mode to “Hard Light”.

Step 5: Adding Motion to the Photos

Now, let’s create some motion to the photos. First, let’s duplicate the photo by right clicking on the layer, and selecting ‘Duplicate Layer’.

Then go to Filters > Blur > Motion Blur and use distance:30pixels and angle: 30.

Now let’s change the blending mode on the motions layer to ‘Lighter Color’ as shown below:

This is how the photo going to look:

Next, let’s repeat Step 5 for the rest of the two photos. These are the results when you have completed Step 5 for all the photos:

Step 6: Creating a New Planet in the Sky

Now, we’ll learn to create a new planets from scratch and add them to the header. Let’s create a new layer underneath all the sports layer, and select Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) from the tool bar. Create the circle anywhere you like and be sure to hold down the Shift Key for a proportional circle. And fill it with #4fe5ff.

Step 7: Render Difference Cloud Effects on the Planet

Next, let’s create some effects on the planet, go to Filter > Render > Difference Clouds

We need to apply this filter for a few more times to get the desire effect, just press Control F for another 5times for the planet to look like the below:

Step 8: Make the New Planet 3D

Now we have to make the planet stand out, with the planet layer selected, hold down the Control key to make the selection, then go to Filter > Distort > Spherize.

And use 100% for the amount, and normal for mode.

Step 9: Give the Planet an Eerie Glow

Now we need to add some inner and outer glow effects to the planet to make it look like a true nighttime celestial object. Go to the planet layer, right click on it, and select Blending Options, and use the below settings:

Step 10: Name Your New Planet

Every planet has to have a name – even Pluto has a name, and it’s not even considered a planet anymore. We named our planet Baconia, where bacon grows in abundance and is never in short supply.

(Note: This bacon is actually from earth, and not from Baconia. It is an artist’s conception of how bacon from Baconia may appear.)

This is how our final header looks now:

Here’s how the header was used in the final template:

You can download the Interstellar Sports Template with full PSD source files and sliced table free HTML pages for this template in BoxedArt’s members section, as well as thousands of other website templates and web design products. Get a membership here.

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