Adobe Photoshop Very Simple Tutorial: Meteor Over the Hudson River

Adobe Photoshop CS3






Last winter, my wife and I made a visit to Big Apple. It was her first trip ever to New York. On the third day of our trip, we just walked along the Hudson River. Then we met a young Chinese girl. She handed me a camera and asked me to shot a photo of her against the river. I said to her “Smile!” and was going to press the shutter button. Then a huge meteor suddenly came down. I said to her “Hold on. Look, it’s a huge meteor.” But she refused to turn around and insisted that I take the photo.

The following tutorial shows easy steps to design a meteor, using Adobe Photoshop CS3. The photo used in this tutorial comes from Webshots.





  1. Create a new layer.
  2. Using Elliptical Marquee Tool and Polygonal Lasso Tool, make a horizontally-long selection.
  3. Fill the selection with an orange color.
  4. Using Elliptical Marquee Tool, make several horizontally-long selections filled with different colors.
  5. Apply to the entire layer Blur > Gaussian Blur.
  6. Use Liquify and smudge the colors.
  7. Apply Gaussian Blur to the layer again.
  8. Create a new layer.
  9. Make a selection and apply Refine Edge > Feather.
  10. Fill the selection with sheer black and then apply Noise > Add Noise.
  11. Apply Gaussian Blur to the layer.
  12. Apply a layer style and enable Bevel and Emboss.
  13. Apply Adjustments > Hue/Saturation to layer and colorize the ball.
  14. Make duplicates of the first layer. Change colors and sizes and distort shapes.
  15. Merge all small flame layers into one and apply Gaussian Blur.
  16. Finally, apply a layer mask to the big flame layer and cast black-and-white gradation map.





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