The Ultimate Gimp Planet Tutorial

the ultimate gimp planet tutorial preview

Ever wanted to create realistic planets? In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a planet, and more importantly how to create planet textures. We will have a look at several different planets to see how they are created, and how to easily change the look of planets using layer modes.

FINAL IMAGE PREVIEW

These are the planets we’ll have a look at, we will focus mainly on how to create that blue one:

Gimp planet tutorial preview of all planets

Here is a larger preview of the blue planet we will create:

large preview of the blue planet

Read this if you want to save some time:

This tutorial is split into three parts, in the first part we create a basic planet with atmosphere and shadow, but with no textures. In the second part we create and place textures on the planet we made making it look like an actual planet (the fun part in other words), the third part is rather small and just gives you some planet making tips and a quick look at how to create some other planets.

So if you just prefer to read along, or if you’re already comfortable with making the basic planet and just want to learn about textures then you can download this xcf file and just read part1. The xcf file contains all the work we do in part 1 of the tutorial (except installing the script of course).

Part 1
Step 1

To make our task easier we’re going to use a script, you can download it here. (depending on your browser, you might need to either right-click and choose Save Link as, or click on the link and then choose File->Save as). If you can’t get that to work then download this zipped version of the script instead, remember to unpack it.

To install the script simply place the file called “planet-render-gtuts-edition.scm” inside your Gimp scripts folder.

  • WINDOWS
    Place the script in C:\Documents and Settings\yourusername\.gimp-2.6\scripts

  • UBUNTU
    Open your Home folder, then press Ctrl-H to see hidden files, place the script inside .gimp-2.6/scripts. Press Ctrl-H again to hide the files.

  • MAC
    In Gimp go to Edit->Preferences.
    Select Folders, and then Scripts. In the window on the right it should say where to put the script. (in many cases there are two different folders you can put them in, it shouldn’t matter which one you put it in).

After the script has been placed inside the folder:
In Gimp go to Filters->Script-Fu->Refresh Scripts.

That’s it, now it should be installed.

Many thanks to Rore for making the script possible!

Step 2

Now go to File->Create->Misc->Planet render mygimptutorial.com edition.

Finding the planet render menu

Set the Planet size to 600, and make sure the Planet color is 0a4664.
The outer atmosphere color usually works best with white or a brighter version of the planet color, since our planet is blue we set the atmosphere color to a bright blue such as b0eeff.

Also set the sun orientation to 315, and untick the Add Glow box.

Planet script settings

That should give us this:

Planet with selection around it

Step 3

See that selection around the planet? We’re going to need it for a path so click on Select->To path.
It looks like nothing happens, but the path is actually stored in the paths dialog.

We also need another path from that as well, but we want it slightly smaller, so first go to Select->Shrink, and shrink by 1.

Shrink by 1

After you’ve done that go to Select->To path.

Now we have two paths, one slightly smaller than the other, we’re going to use them both later when we work on the atmosphere.

Just get rid of that selection we don’t need it anymore. Select->None.

Step 4

We’re going to customize our planet a little, we’ll start out with the shadow.

Delete the layer named “planet shadow”, and then create a new layer and name it “shadow”.

Use the Ellipse Select tool to create a circle about 800×800 covering a large portion of the planet like in the image below:

Selection covering large part of the planet

Now fill that selection with black. (by using the Bucket Fill tool).

The selection covering planet filled with black

Next, get rid of the selection. Select->None.
Then Gaussian Blur by 250. Filters->Blur->Gaussian Blur.

Gaussian blur by 250

Set the opacity of the layer to 95, this will allow a little bit of the planet to shine through the shadow.

Layer dialog with shadow layer at 95 in opacity

Step 5

Now we’re going to customize the atmosphere. I want it a bit smaller, and mainly focused on only one side of the planet.

To do this we’re going to add a Layer mask to the atmosphere layer so that we can control the opacity for different areas of the layer.

In the Layer Dialog, right-click on the layer named “planet atmosphere” and choose Add Layer Mask.
Set it to White (Full Opacity).

Now we need something to put inside that layer mask.
So duplicate the layer named “shadow” twice.

Your Layer dialog should look like this know:

Layer dialog with three shadow layers

Now merge our two new shadow layers into one. (Right-click on the top one and choose Merge Down). Change the name our new merged layer to “shadow mask”.

Select the “shadow mask” layer, and press Ctrl-C to copy it, then select the layer mask and press Ctrl-V to paste the layer into the layer mask, and then click on the anchor.

Two shadow layers merged and used as mask

Make the “shadow mask” layer invisible by clicking on the eye, we will use this layer later.

The atmosphere could look a bit stronger, so duplicate the atmosphere layer, and reduce the opacity of the duplicate to 50.

two atmosphere layers

Step 6

We need to remove part of the shadow layer since it goes outside the planet.
To do that first select the layer named “planet base” in the layer dialog.

Next, grab the Fuzzy Select tool and click once in the middle of the planet so we get a selection of it, after that invert the selection. Select->Invert.

Now we have a selection of everything except the planet.

Planet with selection and shadow

Select the “shadow” layer in the layer dialog, and then hit the “delete” button on your keyboard.
Our image should look like this afterwards:

Planet with part of shadow deleted

Get rid of the selection. Select->None.

Step 7

Remember those paths we made earlier? Well now we’re going to use them to add a little extra to our atmosphere.

Create two new layers, name them “line small” an “line large”. Make sure they’re both placed above the “shadow layer”.
Select the “line small” layer, and then doubleclick on the top Path in the Paths Dialog so it becomes active.

Doubleclick on the path to activate it

Next, set your color to c8ffff and click on Stroke Path.
Set the line width to 3.

Stroke path

Now Gaussian blur it by 3. Filters->Blur->Gaussian Blur.
Also, reduce the opacity of the layer to 50.

It should look like this afterwards:
(just click on a random tool to hide the path)

Small line layer at 50 in opacity

Now we’re going to do the same with the other path.
So select the “line large” layer, and doubleclick on the bottom path in the Paths Dialog to make it active.

Stroke it by 8.

Activate the other path

After that you gaussian blur it by 12. Filters->Blur->Gaussian Blur.
Also remember to reduce the opacity to 50.

Line large Gaussian blurred by 12

Next, add layer masks to both of those layers. (right-click on the layer and choose Add Layer Mask).

We’re going to use the “shadow mask” layer again as a layer mask, but we first need to make it a bit larger since “line small” and “line large” are a bit larger than the planet.

To make it a bit larger, first make the “shadow mask” layer visible, then duplicate the “shadow mask” layer once.

Two shadow mask layers

Now merge the two “shadow mask” layers into one layer.

After you’ve done that copy that layer and paste it inside the layer masks of our line layers.
Just delete the “shadow mask” layer afterwards, we don’t need it any longer.

Line layers with merged shadow mask as layer mask

Our image should look like this now, notice how the atmosphere and those lines we added are only visible on one side of the planet, that’s the magic of layer masks.

Planet with Line layers

Step 8

A quick final touch before we proceed to part 2, add a new layer below all the other layers and name it “simple stars”.
Grab the bucket fill tool and fill it with black.

Next add some HSV noise. Filters->Noise->HSV Noise

Set Holdness to 8, Saturation to 50, and Value to 200.

HSV noise settings

That should give this result:

Planet with simple stars

Our basic planet is ready, now let’s head over to part 2 and texture it!

Part 2 | Part 3

Comments

  1. Mr Gimpmaster

    August 4th, 2010

    Awesome tutorial. did EXACTLY what i needed. 10 other “best planet tuts” and not one of the noobs knew how to use the layer masks trick. great insight, and well written. VERY nicely done.

  2. yay

    August 4th, 2010

    Thanks Gimpmaster, I’m glad you like it :)

  3. Mr Gimpmaster

    August 4th, 2010

    [IMG]http://i35.tinypic.com/2h5jhjc.jpg[/IMG]

    heres a copy and paste link:
    http://i35.tinypic.com/2h5jhjc.jpg

    I used a picture of water in place of the default texture. All I did was apply a lens warp to it and then used colorize to adjust it to blue. For the contents I simply found a picture of a mountain and use the free select tool to crop out various areas ad paste them right into the planet drawing and moved them around. This procedure was done just like the texture step, only I put it right into the main planet file. Once I had that accomplished I colorized it to greenish then duplicated the layer and scaled the duplicated layer up by 120% and colorized it to yellowish and moved it behind the main cotenant layer to give it a shore line appearance. Note, if you have more than 1 continent, its best to work with them individually for this purpose. The polar cap at the South Pole was simply a free select of some snowy mountains done just like the continents. U just have to remember to alpha select your base planet layer and invert your selection and delete the parts of the continents that go beyond the planet. I’m still not satisfied with the clouds. Finding a good blend is a bit tough due to the fact that most clouds will make the planet look more hazy than realistic.

  4. Mr Gimpmaster

    August 4th, 2010

    any tips or ideas on creating a sun? i was thinking something along the lines of using the planet script and just tossing the shadow layer and then maybe painting a layer with the sparks brush and blurring it a bit and overlaying that onto the planet outline. that’s about the only thing i can think of off the top of my head.

  5. Mr Gimpmaster

    August 4th, 2010

    http://i38.tinypic.com/dr8t1x.jpg

    Here is my go at a sun. I set planet color to yellow and made sure to check add planet glow. Once created I deleted the planet atmosphere and shadow layers and deleted the layer mask on the planet glow layer. The I painted a layer with the sparks brush and blurred it a bit. Then I just duplicated the planet glow layer 2 times and the sparks layer 2 times and topped it off with an image of fire as an overlay with a scaled down opacity. Would love your feed back on it.

  6. cheatsguy777

    August 13th, 2010

    Thanks for this great tutorial. I used the tutorial and tested some tecniques with multiple stars and shadows. I have been pretty sucessful so far! thanks for the great tutorial!

  7. Phil

    August 14th, 2010

    This is an awesome tutorial. I am now making realistic space shots of planets. I had a friend who liked a red planet I made but asked that I add some surface lava cracks to the shaded part of the planet. What worked out really well for me, was to download some crack brushes and then scale them down to the right size and randomly paint the lower part with a center point to give the volcano effect. Then I use the IWARP filter and made it look like the cracks were following the surface of the planet. With a little tweaking and some duplicate layers set to overlay and burn it worked out great. Now my cool red planet looks like it might just break apart in a few years.

  8. John Foster

    August 16th, 2010

    I will have to do this tutorial ten times to really get it. I did it 4 times before I got it right.I think you did a good job its just I am learning a lot at once.Thanks for the time you put in .

  9. Muhammad Anas

    August 22nd, 2010

    Very nice tutorial … a bit complex for a beginner like me though…

    I think I will have to come back to this tutorial for some steps for first few times I try to make some customized planets, however their was no ambiguity in your written tut. I followed each and every step very carefully and was able to create almost exactly the same thing as you have shown!!!!!

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. Dave

    August 24th, 2010

    Thanks for this great tutorial, now to make a realistic background to match the planets :)

    Planets I have thanks to this tutorial:
    http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/8688/myfirstplanet.jpg
    http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/7996/planet2a.jpg

  12. Luna

    August 29th, 2010

    GIMP never made any sense to me, until now :)

    This is a great tutorial, thanks.

  13. drewski58

    September 2nd, 2010

    Really, really great tutorial! I had a bit of trouble in the first part when trying to copy into the layer mask, but that’s because I hadn’t ever really learned the whole “anchor layer” aspect that well. Now I’m churning out planets in minutes… Thanks guys, this is a tremendous gift and is really appreciated!

    -drewski58

  14. drewski58

    September 2nd, 2010

    Oh, one more thing… Has anyone found any decent GIMP tutorials for making realistic (not stylized) galaxies? I’ve seen some for Photoshop but still haven’t tracked down a good one for GIMP.

    http://mail.colonial.net/~hkaiter/astronomyimagesB/spiral-galaxy.jpg

    Seems like something like this could be done with GIMP tricks, Any help here would be greatly appreciated…

  15. David M.S.

    September 17th, 2010

    Awesome Tutorial. I never really used Gimp before. Here are two planets I made with this.
    http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/2590/myplanet003.png
    http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/7963/myplanet001.png

  16. Apos

    September 20th, 2010

    Pretty nice tutorial, with a little practice, I managed to get this:
    http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/7190/2560×1600.png

  17. Patryk

    September 23rd, 2010

    Great tutorial, i made three planets:
    1st http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/7716/planeta.jpg
    2nd http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/1526/planetaniebieskaatm.png
    3rd (and best in my opinion) http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/4958/planetatlo3.png

  18. jim

    September 26th, 2010

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. Very much appreciated!!!! I made this image http://montana82.deviantart.com/#/d2zhx1z

  19. Pedro

    September 30th, 2010

    Wonderfull, this is exactly what I needed to get me more results from Gimp.
    Tx a million. This tutorial rocks.

  20. Rogue

    October 26th, 2010

    I have a quick question, What version of gimp did you use in this tutorial?

  21. demon-absol

    October 29th, 2010

    okay im totally lost on step six could some one tell me step six more clearly cause its not working for me thank you

  22. Mayvie

    October 30th, 2010

    This is an amazing tutorial, you can learn soo much from just reading it, I know I have! xD Script won’t work for me for whatever reason, but I’ll make it up as I go along. :L:L

  23. Flamin Flareos

    November 7th, 2010

    Dude this was a great tutorial. Got lost a bit from later version but still made final master piece which looks great TY.

  24. Alana

    November 9th, 2010

    This is a wonderful tutorial! In the beta version of Gimp, it’s starting to give me problems, but nothing that affects the outcome of the picture.

    Here’s my attempt at a sun:
    http://abluescarab.deviantart.com/art/Sun-185558255

    I’ll say how I did it on that page.

    And I made two other planets:
    http://abluescarab.deviantart.com/art/Blue-Planet-185455373
    http://abluescarab.deviantart.com/art/Red-Planet-185552615

    The tut was a big help — thanks a lot. :)

  25. Redgmystr

    November 11th, 2010

    Thank you so much! I’m doing a solar system in GIMP 2.6 for a school project and this helped me SO much. Thank you again ;)

  26. Evelie

    November 20th, 2010

    This is a wonderful tutorial. I learned more about how to operate Gimp from this tutorial than anything else I’ve read. It’s beautifully written for even beginners like myself to operate properly and make stunning images.

    Thank you so very much for this. I’m really looking forward to experimenting with the settings and making my own planets ^_^

  27. cal

    November 22nd, 2010

    Fantastic tutorial, thank you!
    First background draft:

    http://weedytumble.deviantart.com/art/Fleet-draft01-187100519

    Now for the rest of the solar system/space ships/debris… (I always did think a little on the large side!)

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  29. Jeffrey

    December 21st, 2010

    This was a phenomenal tutorial and exactly what I needed. I’m working on a redesign of my web site, http://jeffreysworld.net and wanted a specific scene involving planets for the logo image (to fit the “my world” theme). The logo I created is live on the site, and can also be viewed without the logo elements at http://jharlan.deviantart.com/art/Planets-190341725

  30. Stormy

    December 22nd, 2010

    on step 5 you tell us to “Select the “shadow mask” layer, and press Ctrl-C to copy it, then select the layer mask and press Ctrl-V to paste the layer into the layer mask, and then click on the anchor. ” can you please explain how to do this because I’m completely confused on how to do this.

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  32. Me

    January 6th, 2011

    Mr. Gimpmaster is right. I was looking trough Photoshop tutorials, planets images and this is the best.

    P.S. are your operation system and GIMP legal?

  33. ONI-Defense

    January 7th, 2011

    This is an amazing tutorial, although for some it may seem confusing, I found the steps to have great detail and helped me with making two planets. Thank you for making this tutorial and the planet render script. I hope many more find this tutorial and check this site out for many other tutorials.

    I made these two planets
    http://oni-defense.deviantart.com/#/d36kni3
    http://oni-defense.deviantart.com/#/d36ldgt

  34. Paul

    January 7th, 2011

    Great tutorial, Thanks.

  35. IfNotTrueThenFalse

    January 17th, 2011

    Really awesome tutorial. I was just looking tutorial, howto create planet with gimp and found this. Really nice work!

  36. Nathan

    January 30th, 2011

    Nice work, it really was a great tutorial. It also gave me something to do for a while. Here are some of the planets I made:
    http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/9194/planet4.jpg
    http://img812.imageshack.us/img812/5332/planet3w.jpg
    http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/2987/planet2.jpg

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  38. BarelyTrainedChimp

    February 10th, 2011

    Excellent tut’. Well made and is actually pretty darn spectacular.
    Got me back into using GIMP.
    Kudos!

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  40. Euan Smith

    February 15th, 2011

    How would you put one of the planet images into a larger background, to make a kind of solar system w/ more planets etc ??????

  41. hanciong

    February 22nd, 2011

    hai, could you do tutorial about how to make a ring? Like saturn’s ring :-D . Thanx in advance

  42. FrostPheonix

    March 1st, 2011

    this is an awesome tutorial! I managed to make something that looked like Earth, but it doesn’t look that good as the blue planet:
    http://skullguardian.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=118561646

    and here is the one I made while doing your tut:
    http://skullguardian.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=118476676

    Your tutorial is awesome!

  43. Kitty

    March 9th, 2011

    I loooooooove this tutorial. It’s helped me so much, not just by showing me how to make a planet, but each step in itself is a learning experience. Heeey I don’t suppose you know how to make rings do you? Like Saturn’s rings?

  44. nosherpiers

    March 16th, 2011

    best tut i’ve found yet.

  45. Raj

    March 23rd, 2011

    Amazing Tutorial. I am a GIMP noob and this was the perfect introduction! Thank you!!

  46. Matt

    March 30th, 2011

    Great tutorial, thanks for sharing.

  47. Tom

    April 22nd, 2011

    Brillian tutorial – one of the best I’ve ever seen

  48. Sam

    May 26th, 2011

    This is awesome.

  49. Firezar

    May 28th, 2011

    Best planet-tutorial ever! Just… perfect :)

  50. Cosmin

    June 5th, 2011

    nice ttorial … here are some of my results

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/861/blueplanet2.jpg/
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/41/redcracked.jpg/

  51. J-Lo

    June 9th, 2011

    Thank you for the tutorial, I follow it all the time!

  52. IconoKlasm

    June 22nd, 2011

    Very detailed tutorial. Keep up the good work :)
    http://iconoklasm.deviantart.com/#/d3joski
    http://iconoklasm.deviantart.com/#/d3jorm5
    http://iconoklasm.deviantart.com/#/d3jorxj
    http://iconoklasm.deviantart.com/#/d3joszv

  53. anifoke

    July 4th, 2011

    woww…I like this tut. thank’s

  54. Regan

    July 12th, 2011

    Great tutorial, thanks a lot.

  55. Alex

    July 16th, 2011

    Wow this was one of the best tutorials I’ve ever been through, great job. Keep em’ coming. I especially enjoyed the attention to detail and the following through on instructions.

    Heres my result: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/221/planet22desktop.jpg/

    Click to zoom for full effect.

  56. reynum

    July 22nd, 2011

    Thanks a lot for this tutoriel ;-D

  57. Kyle

    July 30th, 2011

    Ive tried everything but I cant seem to get Gimp to accept your .scm file?

  58. yay

    July 31st, 2011

    Kyle what version of Gimp are you running?

  59. Kyle

    July 31st, 2011

    Im using 2.6

  60. yay

    July 31st, 2011

    And what operating system? I’ve noticed in Windows 7 the path to the script folder is actually: C:\Users\yourusername\.gimp-2.6\scripts

  61. Kyle

    August 1st, 2011

    Windows Vista and IE 9

  62. yay

    August 3rd, 2011

    Kyle: Try using a different browser when downloading the script, sometimes IE messes up and automatically changes the filetype of scm files.

    Also, have you tried other scripts from other websites and confirmed that they work? That way we’ll know if it’s a problem with all scripts or just this one.

    Also try updating your Gimp to the latest version, I believe it’s 2.6.10.
    I don’t have access to Vista unfortunately, so I can’t test it on Vista.

  63. Erwin

    August 13th, 2011

    Amazing tutorial, thanks so much. Never knew I could get something like the image I have in front of me now out of the GIMP.

  64. Exonvsdeath

    August 18th, 2011

    Hi guys

    I was trying to add rings to a planet but failed so badly at it. Did anyone got it right to do this. my email is exonvsdeath@hotmail.com if anyone can help me that would be nice. Thanks

  65. JoeTurtle

    September 22nd, 2011

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/405/planet2finished.png/

    I had finished that yesterday, and I think it looks pretty cool. xD This tutorials rocks.

  66. Kate

    September 28th, 2011

    I LOVE PLANETS

  67. BunkyBear

    October 12th, 2011

    You should charge people for this. Its too good for free. You should make a Gimp book or something.

    Thanks Yay

  68. ElPouchkine

    October 16th, 2011

    Awesome tutorial!! Nicely written, and also, very easy to understand for “frenchies” like me, or other foreign people. Thank you very much!

    Bye =)

  69. Rafael

    October 23rd, 2011

    Thanks a lot for the tutorial, helped me a lot^^

  70. jose

    February 2nd, 2012

    This was AWESOMEEEE. Thanks a lot, not many tutorials take you step by step, and for people like me that are just starting to get to know gimp with no previous experience it was very helpful. Thanks

  71. Jen

    February 25th, 2012

    Very good tutorial! always wanted to be able to do this :) thanks

  72. Strider Raccoon

    April 13th, 2012

    This tutorial is exactly what I’ve been looking for! But when I try to set create the planet, an error message keeps popping up. It says, ” Error while executing (script-fu-planet-render-gtuts-edition 600 ‘(10 70 100) ‘(227 245 255) 315 1 FALSE) ERROR: unbound variable (errobj gimp-layer-set-lock-alpha) Can someone help?

  73. ShadowWolf

    May 30th, 2012

    Thx this is a very nice and cool Tutorial and easy to understand :D

  74. Craig

    June 6th, 2012

    Very great, thorough tutorial! I found I had to shift the clouds layer a little to the left due to a little bit of a line on the shadow side. Thank you.

    For anyone else that’s wondering about rings. Here’s some basic steps you can experiment with: Filter>Render>Clouds>Solid Noise, Filter>Distort>Whirl and Pinch, make a circular selection, Invert, Delete, Perspective tool to get an egg like shape, right click on layer>Alpha to Selection, Select>Shrink however much you want, Delete the inner part, Rotate tool, Blur>Gaussian Blur, select Planet Base layer, Alpha to Selection, select rings layer and make a subtractive selection to get rid of the part that should be behind the planet, Delete. Of course, you’ll have to play around a little but that’s the basic idea. You can always Colorize the rings to match the planet. You’ll probably want to lower the opacity. This is just one way but it works.

  75. imadoofus

    June 25th, 2012

    What exactly is the layer mask and how do you select it?

  76. Ol' Moldy

    June 30th, 2012

    Thanks for this tut man. Spectacular results for me! :3

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  78. Terro

    August 9th, 2012

    Thank you so much very amazing tutorial, i learned many things i can use in other forms of art aswell thank you very much!

  79. Antoine

    August 31st, 2012

    Thank you so much man, this tut is awesome !!

  80. Arthur

    September 30th, 2012

    Very nice tut, I tried a version with islands,, much harder to get the islands texture to look good as blurring the edges does not look as nice,

    http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f14/keahicheveyo/planet1.png

  81. Elle Gee

    October 24th, 2012

    Super sweet tutorial! It’s exactly what I was looking for! Weeee! Time to head on over to parts 2 and 3!

  82. Elle Gee

    October 24th, 2012

    My planet turned out just like you said it would! Beautiful! Awesome tutorial! Now on to part 3 for some more tips! Thanks so much for sharing this GIMP how to!

  83. Tanya

    November 25th, 2012

    Thanks! Im a complete noob and this worked awesomely for me! Very good writing.

  84. testhero

    December 3rd, 2012

    wow all you are making some simply great planets I look forward to flying over and landing on them while playing NAEV .org THanks Phil for the tip on creating cracked planets The most repeated planet in NAEV is the dead world planet 24x as nothing happens there and you cant land on them at the moment. I have prevailed upon my Girlfriend to use Her gimp skills to do another busted world. I am going to flog some Cassini photos from NASA for her to use as textures. should see little bits of Saturn’s moons poping up all over.

    I am blown away by all the cool suns and planets you guys have made!
    Dave nice worlds.

    Yay awesome tutorial thanks for all the time you lavished on this project.

  85. The guy who questions stuff

    January 9th, 2013

    Wait a second, I thought using a photo instead of just making EVERY part of it on GIMP was cheating.

  86. Captain Heauxbeaux

    January 10th, 2013

    It worked!!! Now my planets can be spectacular instead of just sort of okay.

  87. Kevin Patton

    February 3rd, 2013

    I was finally able to make it work after not doing so well the first few times, and now my planet is how I want it to be. thanks

  88. doug

    February 5th, 2013

    Great tutorial, I never new you could create your own planet…

  89. Amazing

    February 27th, 2013

    Awesome tutorial! This is our class’s favorite one!

  90. Merlin

    March 7th, 2013

    Excellent tutorial!! Thanks! :)

  91. Rashid Hameed

    March 7th, 2013

    It was both accurate in instructions and instructive as well as marvelous. I learnt to draw planet in Photoshop and I was missing these techniques in Gimp. I am very much pleased to follow it.It was infact a long awaited thing.

  92. The Gimp guy

    April 11th, 2013

    Loved it! Heres my version:
    http://postimg.org/image/yqsuipn6l/
    thanks said exactly what i wanted it to do.

  93. David

    May 24th, 2013

    Awesome Tutorial!!!! It helped me sooooooo much!!! I didn’t even know how to use GIMP until this!!! Now I at least know how to make a planet!!!
    I do have a question though…..HOW DO YOU MAKE RINGS?? this is very important for one of my planets and I don’t know how to do it. I would appreciate it if someone would answer this question!
    here is a link with my planet
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/96/rusocantospic.jpg/

  94. commanerjets

    June 28th, 2013

    I was wondering how to make a picture with 2 planets crashing together and breaking apart in just a picture and not an animation :) do you know how to do this?

  95. commanerjets

    June 28th, 2013

    Does anyone know how to make lava lakes? those would be good for one of my planets? :D

  96. commanerjets

    June 28th, 2013

    i have made these planets thanks to the tutorial :D

    https://sites.google.com/site/kosmoschronicles/home/Zephrikit.jpg

    https://sites.google.com/site/kosmoschronicles/_/rsrc/1370319315034/home/bigger%29.jpg?height=320&width=320&height=200&width=200

  97. Jonthue

    September 8th, 2013

    Can I use a texture of earth if I want to recreate earth for a logo? What would be some good earth textures?

  98. Captain Heauxbeaux

    September 20th, 2013

    If you use the color selection tool on the texture layer, you can make the planet have continents by filling in the selection with green and yellow. Also, you can leave parts grey to make mountains. Here’s what I did.
    https://bjupressonline.com/bjupress/media/profile/2953.png?t=1379615074

  99. Captain Heauxbeaux

    September 20th, 2013

    Actually, this would be a better place to go: http://i.imgflip.com/3qq48.jpg.

  100. Captain Heauxbeaux

    September 20th, 2013

    Sorry, wrong address.
    http://i.imgflip.com/3qu80.jpg
    If you make your planet with continents, it’ll be a good deal harder to get the clouds to look good.

  101. bkirkhuff

    November 13th, 2013

    Great tutorial!!!
    Here’s my result. Thanks so much for taking the time to do this.
    http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2013/317/b/0/blueplanet_by_ekgarner-d6u4uec.png

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