Photoshop Solar System


Apr 9th,

1:00pm — 4:00pm

Location: Zoom

About The Workshop

Participants in this workshop will create their own fully realized solar system. There will be investigation of several advanced visual tools in Adobe Photoshop. Filtering techniques will be covered as well as blur settings. Gradients, hue/saturation and adjustment layers will be explored in the context of 3D illustration. Students only need to bring their laptops, with Photoshop installed, to participate.

Cross Disciplinary Connections

Three-dimensional content is used prominently in illustration, motion graphics, and video game design. Learning the steps in constructing a convincing solar system will benefit students' practice, broaden possibilities in their work and deepen their knowledge of Photoshop.


A complete solar system with planets, moons and stars.

Resources for Continued Investigation

Look at this list of tutorials exploring the possibilities of 3D effects in Photoshop:

Next Steps

For further questions about illustration practices, you can email me at Additionally, you can contact John Hendrix, Doug Dowd, Shreyas R Krishnan and Jeff Pike. For inquiry into 3D illustration, contact Tim Portlock and Jon Navy.


  • Dmitri Jackson

    Dmitri Jackson is an illustrator and graphic designer residing in St. Louis. His artwork has appeared in outlets such as the Riverfront Times, Curiosus Magazine, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He also serves as educational technologist in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.