I'm currently teaching myself design and have been asked to create a molecular cloud similar to that in the attached image. I'm seeking advice on how one might obtain a similar result/effect in Photoshop. Thanks in advance.
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It is fairly simple. Here are some key points:
STEP 1 - I first drew a random 1px line with the pentool.
STEP 2 - I used
brush tool + soft round brush to fade parts of it slightly.
STEP 3 - Then I drew bunch of dots in every corner. They vary in size.
STEP 4 - Then I made a brush out of it.
STEP 5 - Adjusted the brush settings
STEP 58 - Now if you use
ellipse tool to make a
path and use
stroke path + brush tool, you get something like this:
You will want to
stroke path multiple times with different brush sizes. Of course for realzies, you'd want to use more than one brush.
STEP 380 - ...and after inverting colors, adding bunch of highlights, duplicating the brush pattern multiple times, using different blend modes and using
filters > blur > tilt-shift to blur some of it... this is what you get: