two things: Can you please tell me how to make such an amazing sun? (if it is photoshopped of course) 2: How on Earth did you create the soft star dust in the background, since its simply breathtaking!?!
thx a lot . well the sun is put together out of various radial gaussion blur layers using a combination of white and colored ones with different blend modes. i think they where overlay, normal and negative multiply (dunno the english term as i use the german version of ps). the stardust is mainly textures stiched into the background and edited in opacy form and color. hope i could help you, sry for the late reply.
I commend you for attempting to adapt the whole "shadows trailing from planets" concept with something fresh; for me it isn't hitting the right chords artistically. It seems to make the lighting seem confused, even with respect to the original ideal. From my experience, I have always found trailing shadows to work well as a geometric device. In other words, they are good for defining shape and line through a piece but by combining and overlapping two separate shadows on each planet the work seems to lose definition. For me, it comes across as needing a dose of clarity, especially considering the simple setup of the composition.