Quick And Dirty Space Monitor

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I have been watching a lot of sci-fi movies lately and I decided this weeks tutorial would involve creating my own custom Space Monitor Display.

To begin you will need to download and install the brush style pack I created here. If you still need mor tech style brushes you can find them here at Deviant-Art. These are not mine I simply put them all in one zip file. Next you need to download our space backdrop here. Lastly you need need to find a nice large version of the planet earth and the moon. Open the Space back drop file, this will serve as the bas of our wallpaper.

Next find a nice hi-res moon and add it to our wallpaper. Then scale it down like below.

Now CTRL+Click the moon layer to make a selection. Make a new layer and fill the selection with black. Next set the layer fill to 0% and add a gradient overlay. Set the gradient to 180° and make the color #020a11 to Transparent. Finally add a 5 pixel gaussian blur.

Now we are going to build the display around the moon. So grab Tech Frame 1 and make the size 300 and place it like below. Make sure the color is white. Set the layer style to Soft Light.

Duplicate the layer once.

Now grab your rectangular Marquee tool and and make a selection around the moon with around 20 – 30 pixels on all sides. Make a new layer and fill the selection with white. Set the layer fill to 0% and add a 5 pixel, white, Inner Stroke. Make a new layer then higlight the box layer and the new empty layer and hit CTEL+E. Then using the rectangular marquee tool remove some of the box like below. Lastly, inside “Tech Frame 1″ add “Binary 1″. Set the layer style to Soft Light.

Duplicate the layer twice.

Next install the “Berny Klingon” font. I chose this font cause it really looks alien. Then type out “Celestial Being: Moon” and place it in the “Tech frame 1″ above the binary. Set the layer style to Soft Light.

Duplicate the layer three times.

Now grab your pen tool and make a small line between the moon frame and the tech frame. Then select a 1 pixel brush and go back to your pen tool. make a new layer and stroke the path. Set the layer style to Soft Light.

Also duplicate the layer three times.

Next add your moon to the center of the walppaper.

Now CTRL+Click the moon layer to make a selection. Make a new layer and fill the selection with black. Next set the layer fill to 0% and add a gradient overlay. Set the gradient to 180° and make the color #020a11 to Transparent. Finally add a 10 pixel gaussian blur.

Again using the klingon font type out “Target Earth” and place it in the “Tech frame 1″ above the binary. Set the layer style to Soft Light.

Duplicate the layer once.

Next select “Aurora Brush T13″ set the brush size to 700 and place it over the earth. Then remove the sections covering the planet. Set the layer style to Soft Light.

Duplicate the layer once.

Next select “Sample Brush #143″ set the brush size to 500 and place it in the top left corner with a 10 pixel space from the edge. Set the layer style to Soft Light.

Duplicate the layer twice.

Now grab your pen tool and make a small line between the “Sample Brush #143″ and the “Aurora Brush T13″. Then select a 1 pixel brush and go back to your pen tool. make a new layer and stroke the path. Set the layer style to Soft Light.

Also duplicate the layer three times.

Next select “Aurora Brush T14″ set the brush size to 125 and place it in the bottom right 10 pixles from the edge. Set the layer style to Soft Light.

Also duplicate the layer three times.

Set the third copy to saturation.

Next select “Circle2″ set the brush size to 300 and place it in the bottom left with 10 pixles from the edge. Set the layer style to Soft Light.

Duplicate the layer four times.

Next select “Circle4″ set the brush size to 784 and place it around “Circle3″. Erase the section overlaping the earth border. Set the layer style to Soft Light.

Duplicate the layer twice. Set the two copies to Overlay.

Next select “Circle5″ set the brush size to 656 and place it on the center of the erath. Then CRTL+Click the earth layer to make a selection. Erase everything outside the selection. Set the layer style to Overlay.

Copy the layer three times.

Next select “Sample Brush #144″ and place a copy under the right edge of “Sample Brush #143″. Next select “Sample Brush #140″ and place a copy next to the bottom left of “Sample Brush 143″ and the Moon box. Finally grab “Sample Brush 139″ and place it next to the bottom half of “Sample Brush 140″ under “Sample Brush 143″. Set the layer style to Soft Light.

Copy the layer three times.

Now select “z1″ and place a copy under the right edge of “Sample Brush #140″ slightly to the right under the moon. Then grab “z12″ and place it under the right bottom of “Tech Frame 1″. Set the layer style to Soft Light.

Copy the layer once.

Next grab “Sample brush 92″ (if you do not have this set you can find it here) and place it above the moon. Set the layer to Soft light.

Copy the layer six times.

Then find a Power indicator brush (I am not sure where I found this one been holding on to it for two years). Set the layer style to Soft Light.

Copy the layer twice.

Now select “Binary-Matrix-Style” set the size to 175 and place a copy under “Sample Brush #144″. Set the layer style to Soft Light.

Copy the layer twice.

Then add “Circle6″ at 175 pixels next the the lower left display. Set the layer style to Soft Light.

Now select “Glowbug – Text” and place it under the 3D disc. Set the layer style to Soft Light.

Copy the layer once.

This next step will take some imagination on your part. Select your pen tool and make a slightly inverted triangle at the base of the Earth target. Fill the selection with white. Now using your “Single Row Marquee Tool” remove some sections of the triangle like below. Set the layer style to Soft Light.

Copy the layer once.

Next open the sphere png from the zip file and add it to our wallpaper in the center of the 3d disc. Then make a selection of one of the disc layers and erase some of the sphere so it looks like it is sitting inside of the disc. Set the layer to hardlight.

Next select some other misc. tech brushes to fill out the empty space like below. Set this layer to overlay.

Copy the layer twice.

Lastly add “Interface21″ to the top empty space in the walpaper and set the layer to overlay.

Copy the layer twice.

And you are done. I now this was a pretty long, quick and dirty, tutorial. But, I think the end justifies the means here. Hope you enjoyed it.

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