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eViLe_eAgLe
08-11-2011, 01:07 AM
Its a WIP of a request a friend had. I am full filling that request. I still have around 5 more planets to go and asteroids.. And other things before I actually start putting the peices together in the map.

Barren planet.
http://eliteroleplayers.freeforums.org/download/file.php?id=57

Red barren planets: (two versions)
http://eliteroleplayers.freeforums.org/download/file.php?id=59
http://eliteroleplayers.freeforums.org/download/file.php?id=58

The sun:
http://eliteroleplayers.freeforums.org/download/file.php?id=60

Grii a communist planet:
http://eliteroleplayers.freeforums.org/download/file.php?id=61

Ryh A democratic City planet.
http://eliteroleplayers.freeforums.org/download/file.php?id=63

Ps: Thank you ascension for your wonderful tutorial that helped me get started!

Quabbe
08-11-2011, 01:21 AM
Planets, sweet! I love planets. :x

The last one reminds me a bit of the Death Star. Any parallels?

Midgardsormr
08-11-2011, 01:53 AM
Very nice star! I had a heck of a time creating a star for a recent project, but I needed it to be animated and in 3d, so a straight Photoshop job wouldn't be sufficient. You could probably still punch up its apparent brightness if you wanted:
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I made a copy of the image and set it above the original with the Soft Light blending mode, then I used a Levels adjustment layer to gamma shift it and a Curves adjustment layer to push the highlights a bit more.

That Soft Light trick is handy to quickly increase the contrast and saturation of almost any image in a pleasant way. And if you blur the top layer just a bit, it can give a nice glamor to the whole thing.

eViLe_eAgLe
08-11-2011, 02:12 AM
@Quabbe Planets are good! Planets are fun! :D

@midgardsormr Thank you! Ill certainly go back and fix somethings!

eViLe_eAgLe
08-14-2011, 08:40 PM
Starting to work on this a bit again.

eViLe_eAgLe
08-15-2011, 02:26 AM
I've gotten all the planets done.. After doing the process for a bit its really simple and easy.. Even when fiddling.

eViLe_eAgLe
08-15-2011, 02:52 AM
Update:
Planet with fake water (Forgot technical name).
http://eliteroleplayers.freeforums.org/download/file.php?id=68
Barren Orange planet.
http://eliteroleplayers.freeforums.org/download/file.php?id=67
Ice Planet.
http://eliteroleplayers.freeforums.org/download/file.php?id=66
Fire Planet.
http://eliteroleplayers.freeforums.org/download/file.php?id=65
Purple planet of no description.
http://eliteroleplayers.freeforums.org/download/file.php?id=64



I also re-did the sun.. Not as good as midgardsormr's but.. Its okay I think.

Bright sun.
http://eliteroleplayers.freeforums.org/download/file.php?id=70
Dark sun.
http://eliteroleplayers.freeforums.org/download/file.php?id=69

Midgardsormr
08-15-2011, 10:13 AM
Nice work! Your barren and ice planets look like they could have been lifted right out of EVE Online, actually.

As I consider these a bit more, the highlights look strange to me. It looks a bit like the planets are made out of plastic. I don't think a planet's atmosphere should probably have a specular component. Maybe if you set your highlight to overlay it would simply brighten up what's underneath instead of diffusing.

Also, the edges of your fire planet's thermosphere got cropped on the edges. It looks particularly strange on the left side, where you apparently rotated something after the crop occurred.

eViLe_eAgLe
08-15-2011, 12:39 PM
Yeah I noticed that.. I'll fix it when I start more work on the solar system.

eViLe_eAgLe
08-16-2011, 11:46 PM
Update:
http://gyazo.com/539ed0c31be749e1bfdb850d98153870.png

Could anyone help me with something? Instead of the blue circles indicating the orbits I want planet trails to make it look better and hint at the orbit of it so it leaves assumptions and such. I've tried alot of things with no luck..

eViLe_eAgLe
08-17-2011, 07:02 PM
Haven't worked on this lately.

Ascension
08-17-2011, 11:48 PM
In Photoshop, make your oval orbit with the pen tool, then when you stroke it with a brush turn on the Fade (in brush properties) and type in how many pixels. May take a few times until you get the fade number how you want it. My guess would be over 500 but less than 1000.

eViLe_eAgLe
08-18-2011, 01:27 AM
Thank you ascension!! Its working wonderfully so far. I just have to do some rotating ;)

eViLe_eAgLe
08-18-2011, 02:03 PM
And, would this work as a space storm?

http://gyazo.com/d87db1dc7badcd2fb5ce0c629fcc2e0d.png

Ascension
08-18-2011, 04:28 PM
Yeah, that looks pretty cool.

eViLe_eAgLe
08-18-2011, 04:33 PM
Thank ye' kindly. (Btw thank you for the planet tut.)