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Planetary Rings

step 1
Hello and welcome to the Planetary Rings tutorial. Here you'll learn how to add rings to your very own planet. First off, you want to either find or make your planet's image. Mine looks like this.
step 2
Next, we have to make the ring. Create a new document around the size of 250x250 pixels, depending on how large your planet is. Fill the background layer with black and make a new layer called “1”. Grab the Eliptical Marquee Tool and make a selection in the middle of the image with a fixed size of around 200x200 pixels. Fill it in with white (make sure you're on layer “1”). Product.
step 3
Next, create a new layer called “2” and make another fixed size selection, this time with a size of 175x175 pixels (also in the center of the image). Go to Select > Inverse to select the opposite of that selection. Look over to your Layers Palette and make sure you have layer “1” selected, and click on the Add layer Mask button at the bottom of the window. Product.
step 4
Now, make sure you're on layer “1” and CTRL + A to select the entire image, and copy it (CTRL + C) and paste it (CTRL + V) into your document with your planet. Product.
step 5
Yes, it may look odd right now, but bear with me. While on your ring's layer, ( now you might have to have the Move Tool selected to do this: ) go to Edit > Transform > Perspective. Click on the lower left-hand corner of the box and (while holding SHIFT) drag your cursor to the left.
step 6
Now, we're getting close here. Go to Edit > Transform > Rotate, and bring your cursor up to the top right-hand corner of the box and drag to the left. Now go to Edit > Transform > Scale,and change the width and height of the box by moving the top middle or bottom middle points, or the left middle or right middle points until you get something you like.
step 7
Now it's time to hide it behind the planet. Choose the Polygonal Lasso Tool with these settings. Make a selection around the back of your planet and create a new layer called “fill”. Fill it in with white, or something. Deselect your selection (CTRL + D). Now CTRL + Click on the planet's layer in the Layers Palette and then click on layer “fill” in the Layers Palette and add a layer mask to it by clicking the Add Layer Mask button. Apply the layer mask and CTRL + Click on layer “fill” and then go to Select > Inverse. Now choose your ring layer in the Layers Palette and click the layer mask button to add a layer mask to it. Ooh.... cool, huh?
step 8
Finally, You may want to give your ring a fuzzy look to it, not all planetary rings are straight across and flat. On your ring layer, apply the layer mask and then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur with a radius of about 2 pixels. Check it out. Final Product. Thanks For Reading.

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