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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 (skqwashy@hotmail.com)
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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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 )
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Wallaceclan Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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.
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:iconmax-wd:
Max-WD Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent tutorial. Thanks. I used it to help create the textures for the two planets here [link]. :)
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:iconspace-commander:
space-commander Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Best planet tutorial I've ever seen. No wonder you got a DD! :)
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killswitchengagex Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
very professional tutorial
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Nym182 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
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 sphere...it's a sort of pixelation or tearing which I don't know how to fix. Have you encountered this? Can you help?
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AWorger Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
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]
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Gurra943 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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:iconmidgarde:
Midgarde Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Great tutorial :)

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

You can see it here.

[link]
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iTzAwesomesauce Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
Great tutorial. I just want to know, what is the city picture you used?
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:iconelitepraetorian:
elitePraetorian Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the city and lighting bit had me a bit stumped for a while so this tutorial was what i needed, ill be posting some work soon, cheers :)
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:iconakitary:
akitary Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :meow:
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:iconrecky112:
Recky112 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woh this is absolutely brilliant!
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:iconmercercg:
Mercercg Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
All I gotta say is; kick ASS
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:iconrl1191:
rl1191 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
just wow
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:iconkchung:
KChung Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Used your tutorial here Thanks man. [link]
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:icon0evilangel0:
0EvilAngel0 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Epicness, my friend. Pure epicness.
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:iconnajun:
Najun Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
great!!! thanks a lot XD
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:icondanarogon:
danarogon Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Student Digital Artist
love the tutorial but i think the rig tutorial could show some other way of ring making =/
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:iconkier-ii:
Kier-II Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Wow! This tutorial's really well done! <3
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:iconafloodiscoming:
afloodiscoming Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cannot thank you enough for doing this. I'm so giddy at the moment trying out new techniques from this tutorial. Very, very inspirational. MANY, MANY THANKS!!
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sillentassault Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Student Digital Artist
:#1: Dear god I have never seen an outcome this awesome! Thank you for such a great tutorial. :thumbsup:
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:iconcommandereve:
CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Student General Artist
This is the best tutorial I have ever seen! O_O
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:iconelreniagreenleaf:
ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Just...wow. This is by far the most detailed planet tutorial I've seen!
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Genbe89 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
I need to make a texture for a planet in blender.
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:iconandrew-graphics:
Andrew-Graphics Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! My planets no longer look like undefined balls of blurry texture. do you know of any good space scape tutorials (stars and space)
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:iconzachbobbob:
ZachBobBob Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
This is pretty awesome, gonna have a play around on photoshop later now :D
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:iconzanzoblade:
zanzoblade Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This tutorial is ama....wait for it.....zing...amazing. I'm using this for a digital art project for my course. Thanks a bunch...I will post the finished product when I have completed it.
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TechnoWulf Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Amazing c: This will help a lot, and I'm sure many people will agree~ thanks for this :heart:
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DemosthenesVoice Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
thank you! :D
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A-E-W Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
AWESOME tutorial i dont say this 1 is the best because maby you'll make a new one ;)
Very helpful Thx
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DemosthenesVoice Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
haha, thank you!
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A-E-W Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
welcome :)
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webname05 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I've created this [link] thanks to this tutorial!
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DemosthenesVoice Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
looking good man, keep it up
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webname05 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I'll try better next time :D
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:iconkeiku:
keiku Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wow very nice big tutorial, this will help significantly. Now I just have to figure out how to make a good looking sun.
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DemosthenesVoice Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
haha, thanks, and good luck :D
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i0nah Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
:o

i gotta try this one....
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:iconi0nah:
i0nah Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
first output : [link]

:phew:
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:iconceanji:
ceanji Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
woah!!
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DemosthenesVoice Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
:D
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8mileroad Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
Amazing tutorial, but I can't find any good satellite images. That MODIS site is what I used and it ended up being LQ/blurry. Where did you get yours?
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DemosthenesVoice Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
i use modis, you just have to make sure your working at the right resolution. the textures should be HUGE when you work with them, and they will look blurry then, but when yous cale it down it will start to regain some of the lost resolution
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RoseVoyager Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
WOW! Awesome tutorial! :D. It gave me a lot of ways to make planets. But... how'd you make the oceans and rivers? Is it simply brushing over the texture or something? :)
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DemosthenesVoice Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
mostly they come from the original textures i use.
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RoseVoyager Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
wait, let me rephrase the first question. How did you make the oceans generally? :D
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JrpGFX Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
made my day.
somehow
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:icondemosthenesvoice:
DemosthenesVoice Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
haha, im glad! :D
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