in this tutorial, we will learn how to create a realistic planet in few steps

How to make a planet with Photoshop

 

Hi and welcome to this new tutorial, in this one we will learn how to create an amazing planet with the 3D of Photoshop,

Before starting, you must download the texture map, and import it in new document.

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Then go to Menu > 3D > New Mesh from Layer > Mesh Preset > Sphere .

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Put you in Infinite light and change the direction of light

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Now enable shadows for light

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

After that, fill the background with black color .

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

We are going to add some stars in our background.

So first, go to Menu > Filter > Noise> Add Noise. Make sure that the Monochromatic option is checked and the Amount option is at about 30% .

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

To get less white noise and more of a star look, we are going to adjust the Levels by going to Menu > Image > Adjustment > Levels (Ctrl + L) and changing the levels so they are something like what I have below. This will give us a higher contrast and make a lot of the noise go away.

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Then go to Menu > Image > Adjustment > Posterize.

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Create a new layer ( Ctrl+Shift+N ), take Brush tools and add some stars using these brushes

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Now, put you on the layer of the planet and go to Menu > Layer > Layer style > Blending options

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Duplicate your layer, and hide all blending options by clicking in the small eye.

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Desaturate your image by going to Menu > Image > Adjustments > Desaturate (Ctrl+Shift+U)

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Then, go Menu > Image > Adjustment > Levels ( Ctrl + L ) and changing the levels

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Select the black areas by going to Menu > Select > Color Range .

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Add layer mask to hide the selected areas ( Menu > Layer > Layer mask > Reveal Selection )

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Then, change the blending mode to color dodge and reduce the opacity to 63% .

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

We are going to add some light in our planet. So take Ellipse tools (P) , draw a circle using the color #d1b368, and put it under the layer of the planet . (I will hide the layers of planet to show you).

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Now, go to Menu > Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Move the circle a few pixels up

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Duplicate the layer and move it under the layers of planet like this.

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Erase the bottom part by using Eraser tool (E) or by using layer mask.

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Then, change the blending mode to overlay and reduce the opacity to 66% .

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Import the image of Optical flare in you document like this.

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Then, change their blending mode to screen .

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Repeat the same step with the other optical flare to obtain the following result .

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Now add a color lookup adjustments layer by going to Menu > Layer > New Adjustments layer > Color lookup.

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Then, add another color lookup adjustments layer

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

Finally, change the blending mode to screen .

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

And now , the end result of our tutorial

Tutorials photoshop, How to create a realistic planet with adobe photoshop

3 COMMENTS

  1. Absolutely fantastic tutorial. The only problem is I have to throw out all my other space art because i never used 3d to create the planet. I use to just spherize my texture but this effect is stunning. Thank You

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