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Nebulae Tutorial by TylerCreatesWorlds Nebulae Tutorial by TylerCreatesWorlds
After numerous requests, I have decided to make a tutorial on how I paint my Nebulae. I did my best to include every part of my process. I'm sure the thing is riddled with spelling and grammar errors. Just ignore those, there's a reason I'm an artist and not a writer.

I hope you all can learn something from this. It took quite sometime to get it done. If you have any questions or are unsure about anything, don't hestiate to ask me.

I've included my custom cloud smudge brush that I use in all my paintings

Get your copy of my painting here
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Probably one of the best, if not the best, tutorial I've come across on creations of Nebula with the round brush approach. I'm so sick of seeing nebula brushes and other tutorials using fractals or some other resource. Good job going out of the box. I've been watching your work for some time now and am continually impressed by your consistent knack for good, organic-looking, nebula painting. I'm glad you finally shared your technique. I was very curious.
Maybe the only thing I would add: I've noticed most of your nebula creations take up the entire canvas. I may suggest working with smaller nebula, further away from the focal point, and adding additional space features into your art.
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LaviniaChu Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg so fabulous, thank you so much for sharing <3
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MooshCoww Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a really fantastic tutorial! However, I've been trying this method for like a few weeks now and I just can't get passed the first step haha xD Do you have any other tips on how to make the clouds look like that? Every time I go in to define the cloud structures, it ends up looking wrong. Thank you!
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isabelmagnolia Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is beautiful!
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riazkhan Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
this will great for my cb proj.
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:icontylercreatesworlds:
TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hope it helps :)
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:iconriazkhan:
riazkhan Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Its gonna be a major help :D
I just hope i get the storyarc down right so i can kick off the creative goodness. 
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McFisher Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for the tutorial good sir! 

Was used here: mcfisher.deviantart.com/art/Th…
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Myselfsama Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is beautiful.
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NOthruR0D Featured By Owner Edited Jun 26, 2014
Thanks for your tutorial! Was SO helpful haha Wink/Razz Wink/Razz
Gave you credit here: 
nothrur0d.deviantart.com/art/Nebula-463582217
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:icontylercreatesworlds:
TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No problem, looks good.
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Sunspirits Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very cool and useful, :) thank you so much 
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Caliphone Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
=) your tutorial helped me make this caliphone.deviantart.com/art/N…

thank you so much for sharing!
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:icontylercreatesworlds:
TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for checking it out. Hope it helped ya.
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:iconmelissia-scorpio:
Melissia-Scorpio Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Absolutely awesome! Thanks for sharing your knowledge :D
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:icontylercreatesworlds:
TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's the least I could do.
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a1calypso Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks  a lot!
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Deus-Lux Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the best tutorials I have come across! Thank you so much, this helped me with a contest entry!
I love how you make it easy to understand and clearly laid out. Thank you for this!
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:icontylercreatesworlds:
TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad it was helpful. Its the only tutorial I've done so I was kinda just winging it.
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Deus-Lux Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I see, it's fantastic either way. :)
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DanieleRedRossini Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful! Thanks! Great work!
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:icontylercreatesworlds:
TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No problem
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Oblomovian Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the great tutorial!
i don't even use photoshop, (gimp is cheaper) but this tutorial was still very helpful.
used here fav.me/d76pjo3
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:icontylercreatesworlds:
TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No problem at all, glad it could help you.
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mechanicalvalkyrie Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Very helpful tutorial - thank you. I like your approach of only using simle tools like a round brush and a smudge (in most other nebula tutorials I've seen they used fractals).
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:icontylercreatesworlds:
TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I really don't like the look of fractals, they look fake. So I've always tried to stay away from them forcing me to come up with my own method.
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Jack13-and-Jill11 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if we will draw space someday we use this tutor for sure. but even if we'll not it's still amazing tutorial. thanks.
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:iconlost-in-equestria:
Lost-in-Equestria Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
I love you. :heart: Seriously! :D
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:icontylercreatesworlds:
TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love you :)
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Lost-in-Equestria Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
Ooooooooooh, nevermind!! huhu there is a zip file *derp* 
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:icontylercreatesworlds:
TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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Lost-in-Equestria Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
Might seem like a dumb question, but what do you mean by smudge brush? At 1st I thought it was the smudge tool because you speak of the "strength", but then you refer to opacity... so I'm confused. ^^; 
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:iconlost-in-equestria:
Lost-in-Equestria Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
:iconohyoublushplz:  Oh you! 
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:iconraendarae:
Raendarae Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is marvelous! Wish I would have found it ages ago!
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:icontylercreatesworlds:
TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
well you got it now :)
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ahsie Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
:wow: *A*
Will most def be sharing this. Tutorials ftw! And even more awesome that you did one, it actually makes something so awesome feel more achievable for those who want to learn how~
Thank you!
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:icontylercreatesworlds:
TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem, just trying to my part.
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livethelifeyoulov3 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Holy fuck you've even wrote a tutorial on this. Thanks so much man, deff gonna try this! You art is 'mazin! ;)
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:icontylercreatesworlds:
TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Just trying to do my part and help out. I'd love to see what you come up with. Thanks again :)
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livethelifeyoulov3 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Student General Artist
well thank you ever so much! :)
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:iconloganna:
Loganna Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Best tutorial ever! And the most beautiful one! Great job and many many thanks!
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:icontylercreatesworlds:
TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well thanks, I hope it was helpful.
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Elitanna Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
 I think for my next piece after the one I currently am working on, I will give nebulas a shot for a Christmas card!
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:icontylercreatesworlds:
TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, I'd love to see your take on it.
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:iconelitanna:
Elitanna Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Unfortunately im insanely busy right now, have like 7 projects for college (art related) to work on, all have to be professional quality >:( so probably won't upload it till December first. I will probably do a couple.
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TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I know how that goes. College was a busy time, it's tough trying to juggle that many projects while putting quality effort into all of them. I watch you so I'll see it when you upload it.
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BrightestStarlight Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Student General Artist
yey !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:icontylercreatesworlds:
TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
oh yeah
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BrightestStarlight Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Student General Artist
you know it! My Dork Dance 
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losgeloest Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Thanks for this awesome tutorial <3
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Gabriel-BS Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Great tutorial! Really simple to follow and well written! I've never realised how much stars plays a part to define the feeling of the nebula.

Anyhow I was wondering, since my result always end up crap anyway, do you have an idea of how the nebula will look in the end? Do you already know where the light sources shall be and what shape the nebula will take? And do you paint all the layers knowing these things? Because looking at all of the pictures you painted, they seem to be quite random. Yet the end result always seem planned.

I think my problem could be just that I paint every picture too defined in their shapes and light, not letting the randomness decide in the end. Because how will I otherwise get the nebula to look the way I want!? (For example pillars and shits).

The tutorial is still great though! :D
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