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September 10, 2008
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This is one of my biggest projects as of now. An in-depth guide to the basic creation of a realistic planet in Photoshop. The tutorial is aimed at beginners with decent knowledge of PS, but if there is anything you dont understand or i didnt make clear enough, please feel free to note me or email me (
A HUGE thanks goes out once again to my good friend ~Crosseout who took my jumble of text and screenshots and turned them into this flawless presentation. I couldnt have done it with out you bud. :salute:

I know there are a lot of planet tutorials out there already, but I have read many of them and tried to combine them into the method that works best for me. The techniques are even changing, so hopefully there is something new in here for everyone. And if this is your first attempt at a planet, my biggest advice is to keep at it. Ive made hundreds and hundreds of planets before they came out even close to what i wanted.

If there is anything i missed, or anything that doesnt make sence, just drop me a note. I would love to see what you guys come up with so send me a link too. Other than that, have fun, and enjoy yourself. :D

P.S. Sorry for all of the typos :D

EDIT: holy god! :wow: a DD, never expected this. This is so cool, thank you all for your support, to ^LawrenceDeDark for featuring it, to Beth (~CsmcVisn) for suggesting it, and most importantly to ~Crosseout:iconcrosseout: for making this possible and doing all of the flash for me.
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Given 2008-10-08
The Grand Planet Tutorial by =DemosthenesVoice is a comprehensive planet tutorial that is sure to help many people in the community. ( Suggested by CsmcVisn and Featured by LawrenceDeDark )
What if you wanted to make continents out of the textures, or oceans? I use the cloud+Note-Pad Filter but it just makes it look terrible.
Equinox81 Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent tutorial. Thanks. I used it to help create the textures for the two planets here [link]. :)
space-commander Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Best planet tutorial I've ever seen. No wonder you got a DD! :)
very professional tutorial
Hi I have a question...I've been fooling around with planet making and space scenes for a project I'm working on. I'm pretty much doing ok on the composition part so far, but I have a little bit of a problem. I was wondering if you could help. Whenever I spherize any texture in photoshop, I get a strange effect around the edges of the's a sort of pixelation or tearing which I don't know how to fix. Have you encountered this? Can you help?
AWorger Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was looking for a guide for city lights and came across yours. Very awesome tutorial and nicely made :) I used your city lights idea here [link]
Gurra943 Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial :)

Used it to make [link]
Denece-the-sylcoe Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used here. Thank you! This was very helpful! (I never knew there was an auto blending option, that saved my life!)
eViLe-eAgLe Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I used this to help me with some lights. Thank you :)

You can see it here.

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