Rather than doing another world that was in perfect condition I wanted to show one after some kind of cataclysm (I’ll let you decide what). All done in Photoshop CS4, the nebulas as well as the planet and asteroid details were all done with a custom brush created from a cloud photograph. The stars started out as small soft round brush points and then built up with the clone stamp tool to increase the density. The star layer was then duplicated with the bottom layer coloured to add some variety.
Anyone who would like this as a desktop wallpaper can now download 1680x1050 (16:9) and 1024x768 (4:3) versions from my wallpaper website here [link]