Astrophotography Image Processing Guide

Deep Sky Astrophotography Image Processing Guide.

Learn how to process your astrophotography images from start to finish. This beginner-friendly guide will walk you through the entire process of editing the photos you worked so hard to collect.

Stop searching for answers all over the web and find everything you need in one place. Follow along with this guide as you process images at your own pace

NEW 2020/06/25 Creative Color Balancing and New Tricks
NEW 2020/04/16:
LRGB Pre-Processing Tutorial Video Added
NEW 2020/03/24:
Noise Reduction Tools Updated


This guide is most useful for beginners looking to edit color images captured using a DSLR camera, or one-shot-color astronomy camera. This is a PDF digital guide you can refer to every time you process a new image.

You'll Learn How To:

  • Stack and Calibrate Your Images
  • Save and Edit Your Intermediate File in Photoshop
  • Create Stunning Landscape Milky Way Images
  • Edit your Photo to Enhance Color, Sharpness, and Details
  • Key Tips to Improve Color Balance and Clarity
  • Reduce Star Size and Correct Color Fringing
  • Boost Details in Your Deep Sky Object

Over 100 pages of detailed, step-by-step instructions. The Guide includes free lifetime updates. Just download the file in your email for the latest version!

Whether help you it's an un-tracked image of the Milky Way, or a deep sky close-up of the Orion Nebula - these techniques will help you pull the true beauty of the object out.

Software Needed to Use This Guide:

DeepSkyStacker (Free Download)
Adobe Photoshop (Subscription)
Adobe Bridge (Free with Photoshop Subscription) Useful but not necessary for many projects
Topaz DeNoise AI (Free 30-Day TrialUseful but not necessary

For Mac users:


This guide uses a Windows PC computer for reference. This comes into play when using shortcuts in Photoshop, and the use of DeepSkyStacker.

Mac users can still enjoy the Photoshop processing portion of this guide (90% of it) but will have to use the Mac shortcut alternatives.


This image processing guide includes techniques and best practices to get the most out of your astrophotography images using DeepSkyStacker and Adobe Photoshop. 

Accelerate your learning curve by using the exact, step-by-step process used by Trevor Jones of AstroBackyard. This guide digs in much deeper than any previous tutorial he's shared with over 100 pages of detailed instructions and walkthroughs.

This guide will help you process deep sky astrophotography images of all kinds including galaxies, nebulae, landscapes, and the Milky Way.