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    Help Help with planet orbit map: Photoshop

    I'm giving it a shot and just trying to figure out how I can do it on my own, but I'm sure I'm going to run into trouble.
    So I thought I'd as those of you who may have done this before, for some tips on how to.

    Basically I just want to make sort of a template file that I can open and render some planets and a star.. or just put points for where the are.
    I was hoping for a stroked elipse for every planet, to show it's orbit. What is the best way to accomplish this and keep everything centered?

    What I did so far:
    Ring Layer>blending options>general blending>blend mode: screen, opacity: 46%
    Ring Layer>drop shadow: 90*, opacity 100%
    Ring Layer>Inner glow&outer glow: size 4px, opacity 100%
    Ring Layer>stroke: center 2px
    Then on that layer:
    Elipse tool set to no fill.

    Looks pretty nice so far, but I may change the colors. I just need a hint or two about positioning the rings and possibly drawing an asteroid belt.. no idea how to do that. Maybe using a brush of some kind.

    Anyway, if anyone has any ideas I'm all ears

    EDIT: Here's my progress so far. I'm making it into a template that can be changed for different star systems.
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    Last edited by Fuse; 03-14-2010 at 06:42 PM. Reason: added update

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