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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 )
Timothius Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Bless you. Just... bless you. ;.; I'm making a scifi videogame and this tutorial is going to help me a LOT.
dinyctis Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Good luck!
TorriBash Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
ahh so im following this tutorial but for whatever reason my effects arent showing up on my atmosphere layer??? ; o; did i do something wrong?
dinyctis Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Send me a screenshot of what you have, including the layers palette.
TorriBash Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
ah nevermind!! im so sorry to bother you, i got it to work!! it was some layer mishap but i redid it and it worked. thank you so much for your time and for the tutorial as well! c:
ElecRei Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student
Great tutorial, made a Mars-esque planet with it.
YuriKolovsky Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist
Tatmione Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  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.
TeHNyboR Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Used your tutorial here:… Thanks so much!!
shiory Featured By Owner 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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