In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to use Transfuchsian’s vector galaxy file set. We will go through how the files are set up as well as how to change the colors and add some additional effects with the included bonus brush set.
To begin, if you haven’t already, download and unzip the set. You can purchase this set by clicking on the button below:
Step 1: Start by opening one of the files. For this tutorial, I am using “Galaxy4.ai”. You can see that each level of the effect is on a separate layer. The top layer is the smallest/brightest elements and the lowest layer is the largest/darkest elements.
Step 2: First, I change the background by applying a gradient to the background object. The colors for the gradient are (from left to right) #05002C, #150019, #07002B, #14001C. With the gradient tool selected (G) click the top left corner and drag to the bottom right so the gradient is at an angle.
Step 3: Draw out a shape to the side to build a new gradient. This one is going to be a radial gradient. From left to right, the colors are #B2CDEC, #0080C8, #833594. Make a swatch from this gradient.
Step 4: Lock the background layer and make sure all of the galaxy element layers are unlocked. Select all of the galaxy element and apply the gradient through the swatch panel. By default the gradient will look a little weird since it applies the settings per individual shape. With all of the elements still selected, grab the gradient tool (G) and click near the middle of the entire shape and drag out towards the outside. Play around with it until you are happy with the placement.
Step 5: Lock all of the layers and create a new layer on top of all the others. Load up the bonus brushes. Through the brush panel (F5) or Window > Brushes. Click on the menu and go to Open Brush Library > Other Library. Navigate to where you saved the brushes and open.
Step 6: Set the stroke color to white. I am going to start by adding some stars to the background. I just scribble some lines around and apply the “tiny spots” brush to them. Change the Opacity mode to screen and lower the amount to around 50%
Step 7: Create a new layer on top of the last one. With the stroke still set to white, draw out a few lines and apply the “halfblur” brush to them. Change the Opacity mode to Overlay, at 50%.
Step 8: Play around with the different brushes until you are happy. You can add some text in as well. The best placement is usually under all of the brushes, but above the actual galaxy layer. For this example I expanded the text and applied the same gradient as the background.
Note: The top “Vector” font is called Antonio and can be found on FontSquirrel (Click Here)
The bottom “Galaxy” font is called Matilda and can be purchase at Creative Market (Click Here)