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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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Brizzolatto55 Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! I used your wonderful tutorial here: brizzolatto55.deviantart.com/a…
Thank you very much, And I hope you like it!!! :) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) 
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orji247 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
Fantastic and straightforward tutorial! An example using your tutorial is here: orji247.deviantart.com/art/Rin…

Thanks!
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Hawkfeather5811 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I use Photoshop Elements 9, and there's not a "screen" option for any layers. What's an alternative? Thanks!

Also, do you have a star tutorial?
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dinyctis Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
Elements has always been finicky with blending modes.  I'm not familiar with its current iterations but Screen, Lighten, and Linear Dodge are similar in that regard.  What layer blending options (that aren't "screen") does it show, if any?
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Hawkfeather5811 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
There are so many, heheh. There's Dissolve, Behind, Clear, Darken, Multiply, Color Burn, Linear Burn, Lighten, Color Dodge, Linear Dodge (Add), Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Vivid Light, Linear Light, Pin Light, and Hard Mix.

While going down this menu, I saw the screen option - I guess I just totally missed it when I was working on my planet. Thanks for helping me, and this is one of the best tutorials I've ever used! I am so glad you made it. :3
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DragonDragoo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this! This'll help me a lot when designing fan planets for Ratchet and Clank!
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Unialien Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty amazing turorial to know how to make an awesome planet! :D Thanks for the awesome tutorial! :love:
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dinyctis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
You're welcome! I hope that you find it useful.
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Drachorn Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing, thank you!
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zagonse Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice tutorial.
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Cyph1n Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
Awesome tutorial. THanks :highfive: 
And lol that avatar of yours :lmao:
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animatomus Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for the detailed tutorial! I appreciate the variety in options that you mentioned, and kudos for Juno Reactor :D
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artsytarts Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, thank you for the awesome tutorial! Was really useful for me to create a believable space scene. (Also, whenever I do space related stuff, I listen to Daft Punk. Discovery inspires me most ^^)
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SmileYourAmazing Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used your amazing tutorial here:
fav.me/d7xee29
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jpcvanheijst Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic.. thanks a lot for this tutorial! 
I needed just a nice space/planet view for a cockpit-shot I made... I ended up creating a whole planet!
www.pbase.com/flying_dutchman/…

Again thanks for your inspiration and help!
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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.
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dinyctis Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
Good luck!
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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?
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dinyctis Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Send me a screenshot of what you have, including the layers palette.
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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:
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ElecRei Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student
Great tutorial, made a Mars-esque planet with it.
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timohuovinen Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist
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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.
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TeHNyboR Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Used your tutorial here: tehnybor.deviantart.com/art/Sp… Thanks so much!!
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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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dinyctis Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
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 Featured By Owner 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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dinyctis Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Sounds good! Glad that it worked out :)
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Jagnz Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Used your tutorial Here . Great work, easy to understand.
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HWillP Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
If you apply a radial blur to your cloud layer, it will give the planet the appearance of rotation.
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BoilBilly Featured By Owner 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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dinyctis Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
"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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sakyaillidan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
I cant speak English very well. I have a problem with the expression "With the shadow layer active, bur not selected"
What is active... it equals to selected?? I'm confused
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dinyctis Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Active means highlighted in the layers palette.  Selected means having the dotted line around the shape of the layer.
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sakyaillidan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Thanks for the reply
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droopylikesyourface Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Yes, it is the layer that you are currently working on.
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sakyaillidan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Thanks for the reply
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tomren Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting... i'll let you know how well i can use it. ;)
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cass82 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student Photographer
can someone please make a video of this exact tutorial, because I just cant follow it for some reason and this has the best end result I have seen so far.
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ArcticRcade Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much. I will try this. 
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InPBo Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student General Artist
having fun doing planets now ^^ thanks for the tutorial it help alot ^^

heres my works for now:
1-inpbo.deviantart.com/art/Plane… (actualy i think that i'll rename this, i feel like this is done :))
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Ulta Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There was a step or two that I hit a snag on...

On the step where we are to apply those three settings to the atmosphere layer, the result looks more like what's on the RIGHT than what is on the left...which didn't surprise me cause you said to make the atmosphere layer black? Changing it to the light green I used (I wanted a greenish planet) made it be what it showed, but in the end that just made things look odd...

Also when I applied my texture, it didn't turn out NEARLY as clear and visible as what you have in the example...it was barely visible, and again it was cause the layer over it was a screened black.

None the less, with some persistance and tweaking of settings, I somehow got a satisfactory result ( fav.me/d6n9l7z ). But I still think I missed something vital in the tutorial...

None the less, thank you for this. It was very helpful, and I will resource to this in the future =)
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GalacticDeath Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks brah, learned a lot from this. I'd be happy if I could do even a tenth of what you do
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dinyctis Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Just do it ten times and you'd have a whole one! :lol:
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GalacticDeath Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol
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farnea Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks
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Archeim Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Thanks for everything uppix.net/nWfVne.jpg
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JonoBond Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student Filmographer
cool
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johnsmed91 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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