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Work in layers.
Use Filter - Distort - Spherize to "round" the new image
Use masks to mask the old - but make sure you allow some of the old reflection to show - otherwise it will not look natural. A mask shows the layer where it is white, shows the layer below where it is black and is semi-transparent where it is grey.
Use a curves layer - clipped to the new reflection to darken it to match the rest of the image particularly round the edges. (To clip the curves layer - Alt-Click on the border between the layer and the layer below)
I hope that gets you started
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Gene reminded us a while back, that it is easy to use Google Image Search by right clicking, so when you see what looks like a stock image.
Which in this case returns some decent sized images to work with.
I didn't like the tiny blurred star burst in the OP's post, so I started with a Flaming Pear Gliterato star field with some magenta nebula, and used radial blur, smart sharpen, spherize and FT warp, and hid a terrified orange slime monster inside the face plate.
This looks terrific, thank you. But please pardon my ignorance, I am very new to PS. Can you maybe break down how you did this a little further into steps?
Haha - I knew I should have kept it!
Ok, I'll do it again in small steps
1. Open the space picture and then open the colours picture. They will both be in separate documents.
2. With the move tool selected drag the colors picture up to the tab of the space picture and then down over the image. It will appear as a new layer.
3. With the new layer highlighted go to Filter - Distort Spherize
4. With the move tool , drag the corner handles of the colours so it fits over the visor
5. Go to Layer - Layer Mask - Hide All. This will add a black mask and hide the colours layer
Click on the mask in the layers panel
5. Now get a soft white brush (0% hardness) and in the options bar set opacity to 25%
Paint with white over the visor area. What you are actually doing is painting the mask and the colours will appear. Don't cover up all the old area. Keep some of the old reflections
6. Add a curves adjustment layer. Alt-Click on the border between the curves adjustment layer and the layer below so a little downward arrow appears. This means the curve will only affect the layer below.
7. In the properties panel drag down the curve to darken the colours
8. Click on the mask for the curves layer in the layers panel then with a soft black brush at around 25 % paint over the centre of the visor in the image. This will mask the curve so that only the edges are darkened
Job done !
I hope that helps you
this is above and beyond, thank you so much! i appreciate you taking the time to do this, i am still learning and this will be a huuuuge help.
You're welcome - shout out if you get stuck.
lol, i like what you've done here.