Easy Way to Create Planets
In this post we will give you Dilekt‘s instructions how to create planets in photoshop. Planets made by Dilekt you can see on our post – Celestial Bodies in the Digital Art. On that post you can see remarkable beauty of Delikt’s art. But on this post Dilekt give you more – he give you short and very simple instructions to make planets by your own. It is usable (if you just a little familiar with photoshop), very easy for creating, and looks fantastic. Try it.
1) First off, you need to have a texture map ready to work with. I’d suggest making a 4000×4000 texture because it will get pixelated, so you will have to scale it down later on. Basically, what you need to do is combine a bunch of textures together. Try to experimenting with different blending modes, that way everything flows well.
2) Alright, now that you’ve got your texture map ready, it’s time to morph it into a planet. Select the elliptical marquee tool, and put your mouse cursor on the top left corner of your screen, press and hold the shift key and drag your cursor to the bottom right corner. This is what you should see.
3) Now, press CTRL+C to copy the selected area. Click File-New to create a new working space (make sure you put the aspect ratio 1000 pixels higher, so if your planet texture is 4000×4000 then put 5000×5000). Press CTRL+V to paste the selected area into the working space. You should see your selected circle. Time to turn it into a sphere! With the layer selected, click Filter-Distort-Spherize and set it to 100. Use the filter 2 times. This is what you should get:
4) Time to make a shadow. We’re going to create a shadow being cast on the bottom right side of the planet. Before we do this, with your planet marquee still selected, duplicate your planet layer, and fill it with black. Press CTRL+D to remove the marquee. Now click Filter-Gaussian blur and set it to something around 300, so do it once with 200 and another time with 100. You should see something like this:
5) With the shadow layer selected, press CTRL+T to transform it. Hold SHIFT and grab he bottom right corner of the shadow and drag it outwards until it suits your needs. This is what I got:
Now, select your original planet layer, and select the Magic Wand tool. Click anywhere OUTSIDE the planet. You’ll see everything is marquee’d except the planet. Now, with this marquee still active, click on the shadow layer and press your BACKSPACE key. The shadow outside the planet should now disappear.
A) Onto lighting your planet up. Duplicate your original planet layer and make sure it’s under your shadow layer. CTRL+CLICK this new duplicated layer. Press ALT+BACKSPACE and fill it with white. Click Select-Modifiy-Contract and put 100, do this 2 times. You should get this:
B) Now press backspace to remove the selected area. Then press CTRL+D to deselect it. Once you’ve done that, click Filter-Gaussian blur and set it at 200. Select the eraser tool and select a big soft rounded brush. Start erasing the atmosphere on the outer edges of the shadowed part of the planet. Now you have your atmosphere! If youwant it to be even brighter, just duplicate the same layer and set the opacity to whatever value you desire. This is my outcome:
C) Select your shadow layer and press CTRL+E twice to merge all your layers (you’re suppose to have 3). If you still need to adjust the lighting on your planet, use the Dodge Tool and brush over the lighted part of your planet. You can select Midtones from the dodge tool drop list too.