One piece from 2011. Oringinally done in CS3, textures for planets created using Vue 8.5. I fixed it up a bit in Photoshop CS3 and Lightroom. Rabies Star Brush set by Rabieshund Thanks for taking a look.
Thank you! In fact I did but not for all of it This particular piece was created using a combination of methods. For the planets I used 3d rendered textures, airbrushed over them some, then by using the smudge tool, I really had fun with it. I also used layer styles and effects to try to add a bit more depth to the piece. For the backdrop with stars and nebula I used some of my personal brushes I created in Photoshop. I am glad you think it excellent, I still feel it could probably use more work but didn't want to overdue it then ruin it.
Have you been able to get your hands on CS5 yet for your course??? You are going to be addicted if your not already. If you have any questions let me know. I have CS3 I know it's not all that different.