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    Wip PLANETS from Satellite photos

    I am currently making system/planet detail maps for my TRAVELLAR games (found as "Trevellar worlds in alternate format" )

    And now I need a BUNCH of planets!

    So Photo Shop to the rescue....

    These planets take about 12 minuets to make each and will do nicely I think.

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    What's your 12 minute process, if you don't mind me asking? I've never used PS like this before, but it looks cool.

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    Photoshop users should be able to use these directions... heck you will probably IMPROVE on them.

    1. Go on Google earth-map and find a good aerial shot that captures the flavor of the planet you want.

    2. Hit "PRINT SCREEN" to capture the image

    3 Open your PS and make a new project, it will automatically size the new project to the size of what is on your CUT/PASTE clipboard (you just captured an image in to it)

    4. PASTE you captured image to the new project

    5. Use the circle marque to cut out a planet shape and PASTE it back onto your project (you have just made a layer)

    6. Delete the background image (leave it black so its easy to see your planet), and delete the layer of whats left after you cut out your planet

    7. Click on the drop down menu for "filters" and use a "distort" filter called "spherize" at its max setting to make the flat image look 3d round (you might have to use it 2-3 times).

    8. Go to the WINDOW tab and click "layers", click (far Right) on the new layer you just made (the other layer should be called background)

    9. Clicking the new layer should bring up a drop menu, check/click the Drop shadow / Inner Shadow / outer glow boxes.

    10. Close the menu and you will see the effects you just created listed under your new layer.

    11.Click each new effect and fiddle with the settings

    Drop shadow:will put a shadow on objects BEHIND your planet

    Inner shadow:will put a shadow ON your planet making it night on one side

    outer glow: will give your planet an atmosphere
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    A nice NIGHT TIME satellite photo into a sphere.

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    Very nice, i will try this out. Where did you find this nice City ?

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    Huh. Clever.

    I might suggest you save the layer effects style so all you have to do is double click the layer in the layers panel to open the effects dialog, select the saved style, and make minor adjustments according to the general colors and lighting of each planet image. Of course, that would probably only save less time than it took to type that out so...

    I'll definitely have to give this a go. Thanks for sharing the creation steps!

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    I goggled satellite night images.


    Quote Originally Posted by Schwarzkreuz View Post
    Very nice, i will try this out. Where did you find this nice City ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chashio View Post
    Huh. Clever.

    I might suggest you save the layer effects style so all you have to do is double click the layer in the layers panel to open the effects dialog, select the saved style, and make minor adjustments according to the general colors and lighting of each planet image. Of course, that would probably only save less time than it took to type that out so...

    I'll definitely have to give this a go. Thanks for sharing the creation steps!
    Did this nice call!

    Of course it means that each planet will have the exact same effects, but a little tweaking is all that needed.

    Thanks nice to get good advice and technical help.
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