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Planet Tutorial by dinyctis Planet Tutorial by dinyctis
Ok, so over the ages, i noticed that if there is one thing that space artists (especially newcomers) struggle with, then it has to be planet textures. Lots of them just cant get their planets to look good, cant find good textures, or simply dont have 3d studio max

So i decided to throw everyone a bone, and i made a tutorial on how to make a somewhat realistic-looking planet using only photoshop. Be adviced that you need to have some basic photoshop knowledge to follow this, and if not, i suggest you spend 50 dollars on the adobe photoshop book, or read the help files that photoshop came with)

I made a JPEG tutorial because:

1) I'ts annoying when you have to change from photoshop to your browser, and vice-versa. With Jpegs you have everything neat in photoshop

2) I didnt feel like writing HTML

If you have any questions, please dont hesitate to drop me a line.


In addition, here's a tutorial on making rings. I see many rings and tutorials produced with the spiral tool and that's just terrible! Thanks for the effort... but that's just wrong.

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Mythos721 said about Planet Tutorial by `dinyctis "This amazing tutorial reveals a simple, yet effective technique to create amzing planets in Photoshop." ( Suggested by Mythos721 and Featured by UnicornReality )
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Tatmione 6 days ago  Student General Artist
Dude, just for the introduction it was worth my fave, haha.
But seriously, great tutorial, gonna try it as soon as I have some free time.
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TeHNyboR Mar 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Used your tutorial here: tehnybor.deviantart.com/art/Sp… Thanks so much!!
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shiory Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm stalled on your tutorial, at first every time I followed the cntl click command to do that shadow part every time I hit ctrl V all I got was a big black Square took me a while to realize this was a layer I'd copied ages ago for the star scape.  so I manually copied the base layer because for some reason ctrl C will not copy and it won't work right can you offer any manual instructions using the menu options?  because these keyboard shortcuts are not working, Thank you for the great tutorial otherwise though :)
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:icondinyctis:
If you're using a Mac, it should be Command, not ctrl.

In which part are you?  Trying to work on the shadow?  You can manually duplicate the base layer (which should be a solid color) and then just make it black ((turn its brightness all the way down).  That might solve it, as far as the copying goes.  Let me know if you need more help :)
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shiory Mar 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No I'm on a PC but I'll just use your suggestion and copy the base layer, I ended up rejiging the whole sketch and moved the planet to the shadow was off the page :)  I'm going with a red planet and it looks way better then I ever imagined I could do on my own Your tutorial really helped :)
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:icondinyctis:
Sounds good! Glad that it worked out :)
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:iconjagnz:
Used your tutorial Here . Great work, easy to understand.
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HWillP Feb 14, 2014  New member
If you apply a radial blur to your cloud layer, it will give the planet the appearance of rotation.
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BoilBilly Feb 7, 2014  Student Filmographer
I tried to follow your tutorial.. the only problem i got is i couldn't resize the texture... i couldnt invert it either, i had to select all layers to be able to invert and when i clicked on it, an error appear with "no pixels selected" or something like that :|
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:icondinyctis:
"no pixel selected" tends to happen when you try to make changes to an empty layer.  Make sure that it's a highlighted layer with actual material in it in the layers palette.
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