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Planet Tutorial by dinyctis Planet Tutorial by dinyctis
Ok, so over the ages, i noticed that if there is one thing that space artists (especially newcomers) struggle with, then it has to be planet textures. Lots of them just cant get their planets to look good, cant find good textures, or simply dont have 3d studio max

So i decided to throw everyone a bone, and i made a tutorial on how to make a somewhat realistic-looking planet using only photoshop. Be adviced that you need to have some basic photoshop knowledge to follow this, and if not, i suggest you spend 50 dollars on the adobe photoshop book, or read the help files that photoshop came with)

I made a JPEG tutorial because:

1) I'ts annoying when you have to change from photoshop to your browser, and vice-versa. With Jpegs you have everything neat in photoshop

2) I didnt feel like writing HTML

If you have any questions, please dont hesitate to drop me a line.

In addition, here's a tutorial on making rings. I see many rings and tutorials produced with the spiral tool and that's just terrible! Thanks for the effort... but that's just wrong.

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Mythos721 said about Planet Tutorial by `dinyctis "This amazing tutorial reveals a simple, yet effective technique to create amzing planets in Photoshop." ( Suggested by Mythos721 and Featured by UnicornReality )
Lady-Stesonora Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2019
Yikes this is so helpful, the writing is a bit difficult to read though. Could this be done on any program, using similar tools? Like say....something on the IPad?
Xeir-Zith Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2018  Professional Writer
Im gonna try this with GIMP since I dont have access to Photoshop
Cupric Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! It's a bit hard to recreate as my drawing program doesn't have those fancy extras, but I'll try my best to substitute :happybounce:
KevinVang Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017
Do you have a youtube tutorial for this?
dinyctis Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2017
I do not.
blabladog Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A-M-A-Z-I-NG!!! thanks a heap!!!! Clap :happybounce: 
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017
They're adorable.
HeavyBenny Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Student General Artist
Fourteen years later this tutorial is still completely relevant. Thanks a bunch!
spike2378 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
This May be really old but I don't get the same effect for the atmosphere layer I get it around the outside/border of the image with the color around it. Since the color doesn't actually go on the planet did they change it in Cs6? Thanks 
dinyctis Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
Can you show me what you have at this stage?
spike2378 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
Oh Sorry I figured it out but, now I have trouble with the Gaussian blur its not dark enough for some reason other than that everything else is fine Thanks
ZukoFireBook Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2017  Student General Artist
yeah, years ago I could do this, but now I decided to do it again and I am having the same problem with the blur.
jenny-theanimator Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice! I needed something like this!
AlarOkami Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Wow! This tutorial is awesome! I've used it in something i'm doing, and it was great haha. Thanks!
Ink-Shira Featured By Owner Edited Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! I know this is a pretty old tutorial but I have a question. I use Photoshop elements 12 and When I go into "Layer styles", it doesn't really have any of the options shown in the tutorial. Is there an alternative to this?

It also won't let me do the control C + Control V thing for the shadow
dinyctis Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016
I'm not familiar with Elements but I would get questions like that throughout the years and apparently Elements doesnt have certain features to let you apply layer effects

As far as control C and control V, it would be Apple C and V if you're on a mac.  Otherwise, it should work :(
Ink-Shira Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I actually figured out another way. Thanks so much for replying though!!
orji247 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016
Hey... remember this:…

well, I just wanted to say thanks again for this tutorial!! It always serves me as a great point of reference since I first came across it.

I've just submitted a deviant using your method as a foundation. See here:…

Take care!
egdcltd Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016
Great tutorial! I've (almost) managed to get a planet; I'm just having a problem with one thing - the atmosphere. I don't know whether I'm being dense, or whether it's because my version of PS is massively dated (7!), but I'm struggling to find a fuzzybrush.
KyuremuX Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a little problem here, i need help please :(
At the point to get rid of the extra shadow after I clicked the 'base' with ctrl while the shadow layer is active CTRL+V does nothing, because it seems like I can't copy the layers at all. What I did wrong?
LordFreeza Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing!!! I really appreciate it, I have learned from using Bryce often.
PhotoshopExpress Featured By Owner May 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for reminding me about textures such as the one applied here.
Wguayana Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
2003 :| (Blank Stare)
dinyctis Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016
Long time ago!
black-cat16-stock Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016
I know I am kind of irrelevant now, but I am going to make another planet. I opened your tutorial and I noticed what you said about space music. I agree with you and I need to add something. To everyone who needs space music background while they create: try Atomine Eletrine, especially Archimetrical Universe album. And whole spacesynth genre. Also, some good, old trance will get you into the mood. These things really help me to get inspired. Oh, I almost forgot Access to Arasaka. This shit is good. 
SheilaCalhoun Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you, used here…
This tutorial is a good shit. Thanks to it I made my first planet and I am quite proud of it. There's a shitload of steps and when I first opened this tutorial, I was like ,,what the fck am I looking at?" but after a few minutes it was quite simple. I didn't know that creating planets may be so simple. 

Thanks for that. 

Here's my planet, for now with no background: trawiasta planeta

EDIT: I incorporated this planet into my work
DarknessOnly13 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Oh my God. I have always wanted to draw planets. And I find this. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <3
johnny3000 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
really like this tutorial but really wished that this tutorial has more images, more cohesive with its wording and capitalization.

also was confused with some steps in the tutorial like why do i have to delete the planet colour and put it back in? and why link the layers where ctrl + clicking --> right click --> merge layers would suffice? and why no masks? other then nit picking it i do love this tutorial and its really helping me with my current video game project

so in other words this tutorial has problems but i do appreciate it, thank you!
craiyohn Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is awesome!
Vavori Featured By Owner Edited Aug 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
arachinda Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015
Hi! I followed your tutorial, it was fun, thanks for sharing it. :)
space practice
OdessAngel Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Nice tut !
AuroraWinterFairy Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
Awesome! Thanks so much for making this tutorial!
Armandocop012 Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, great tutorial :3
NasukoDragnias Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used your tutorial here. Thank you very much! ^_^ I'll definitely come back to this some other time to use again
BEGINNERPAINT Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
i like it so much.
i have one too!
take a look. i hope that help someone^^ 
Brizzolatto55 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! I used your wonderful tutorial here:…
Thank you very much, And I hope you like it!!! :) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) 
orji247 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
Fantastic and straightforward tutorial! An example using your tutorial is here:…

FimbuIvinter Featured By Owner Edited Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I use Photoshop Elements 9, and there's not a "screen" option for any layers. What's an alternative? Thanks!

Also, do you have a star tutorial?
dinyctis Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
Elements has always been finicky with blending modes.  I'm not familiar with its current iterations but Screen, Lighten, and Linear Dodge are similar in that regard.  What layer blending options (that aren't "screen") does it show, if any?
FimbuIvinter Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
There are so many, heheh. There's Dissolve, Behind, Clear, Darken, Multiply, Color Burn, Linear Burn, Lighten, Color Dodge, Linear Dodge (Add), Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Vivid Light, Linear Light, Pin Light, and Hard Mix.

While going down this menu, I saw the screen option - I guess I just totally missed it when I was working on my planet. Thanks for helping me, and this is one of the best tutorials I've ever used! I am so glad you made it. :3
DragonDragoo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this! This'll help me a lot when designing fan planets for Ratchet and Clank!
Unialien Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty amazing turorial to know how to make an awesome planet! :D Thanks for the awesome tutorial! :love:
dinyctis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
You're welcome! I hope that you find it useful.
Drachorn Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing, thank you!
zagonse Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice tutorial.
Cyph1n Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
Awesome tutorial. THanks :highfive: 
And lol that avatar of yours :lmao:
animatomus Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for the detailed tutorial! I appreciate the variety in options that you mentioned, and kudos for Juno Reactor :D
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