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    Tutorial [Award Winner] Making planets, moons, and suns in Photoshop

    Ok here's the Planet-Making Guide for PS users and the finished pics from the tut. This is by no means as nice as some of the "paid for" plug-ins but this is meant to be quick and easy to replicate and easy to modify. It can even be turned into an action, I just haven't done that as I like to change things around. Ultimately it has very little to do with mapping unless your mapping solar systems (which I am in this current challenge). I've ran through it once so it might not be totally polished so if you get confused let me know. It's a Word document, by the way. Hope you all like it.

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    Last edited by ravells; 11-13-2008 at 08:32 AM.
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    Wow. I am so going to try converting the concepts over to GIMP. That is one cool tutorial. Too bad I cannot rep you. Must have gotten you before for a monthly challenge or something. Anyway, hats off to you.

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    Awesome and very didactic.

    I pity not to use ps here.

    however I REP+ you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascension View Post
    This is by no means as nice as some of the "paid for" plug-ins
    You are kidding! This knocks the socks off any plug-in I've seen, including Lunar Cell.

    Thanks a million for postng - I wish I could give you six stars for this tutorial.

    thanks Ascension!

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    Great job my man!...you win an all expenses paid trip to Phloston Paradise!!

    I'd beat you soundly about the head with my Cudgel of Repping but it appears you're still recovering from the last beating I gave you..

    Thread duly rated.

    For those of you who may be on slower internet connections, I have converted Ascension's MS-Word file to a .pdf
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    Thanks a million for the conversion Steel, I really do appreciate that since I haven't gotten the converter thingy myself. I hope that blue alien chick has recovered from her bout of "indigestion" so that I can hear her sing some arias.

    Nol, Joao, Ravs...thank you for the kind words...it's what keeps me going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nolgroth View Post
    Wow. I am so going to try converting the concepts over to GIMP.
    give me a week and ill do it for you


    but his does look good, i wanna see how you did the sun, as suns have always for me been just a bright dot with a lens flare


    and from the looks of it, you have done the photoshop equivilent of what i do to make my earthlike planets




    edit: browsing through it, it looks very good


    just a thought tho, for the ring, maybe make the gradiant one that is black and white (black then then then black etc) and then add black and white noise (i use hsv noise for that in gimp) and set the mode to screen, then use some coloring tool (for gimp i use colors--> color balance) and make the lighter parts, none of the black parts, whatever color you want (for gimp, using the color balance, that would be mostly highlights, and that other one, cant remember it... but basically all but shadows .

    That makes it look more like its made up of like rocks and such caught in its gravity and orbiting it, since thats what most rings are made of
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    Would be very grateful.
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    Ascension - I think I found a typo (actually its more like something was left out)...

    Within step "n" of the Earth-like planet section it says: "Filter > Distort = 100".

    Which distort filter are you referencing?
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    It's spherize, I think. I'll check it after work and re-up it.
    If the radiance of a thousand suns was to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One...I am become Death, the Shatterer of worlds.
    -J. Robert Oppenheimer (father of the atom bomb) alluding to The Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 11, Verse 32)


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