Make a Planet in Photoshop
● Create a Planet in Photoshop and then Place it in your Illustrator Document.
✓ Clipping Mask ✓ Lens Flair Filter✓ Elliptical Marquee Tool ✓ Texture
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Step #1: Open Photoshop ~
✗ Open a new document in Photoshop the size of the background or your current project, probably 18 x 24 inches:
Step #2: Create a Circle ~
✗ Draw a circle using the Elliptical Marquee Tool.
✗ Hold the shift key down while you drag out a circle.
What does the shift key do? Try it without …
Step #3: Fill the Circle ~
✗ Get the Paint Bucket and fill the shape with the color of your choice.
Step #4: Surface Cracks ~
✗ Go on Google, search for cracked texture (or use this one), and copy it …
✗ … and paste it on a new layer above the circle.
Step #5: Clipping Mask ~
✗ Then go to: Layer > Create Clipping Mask …
✗ …or hit the keyboard shortcut: Alt (⌥)+ Cmd (⌘) + G+ +
Step #6: Merge Layers ~
✗ Turn the Background Layer visibility off by clicking the …
✗ … and then go to: Layer > Merge Visible …
✗ …or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Shift(⇧)+E and merge the visible layers.
✗ Finally, turn the visibility back on.
Step #7: Colors ~
✗ Go to: Image > Adjustments > Color Balance or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+B, and adjust the highlights to whatever you like …
✗ Then do it again! Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+B and apply shadows, midtones, do it several different times - Experiment!
Step #8: Lens Flare ~
✗ Next, go to: Filter > Render > Lens Flare …
✗ Position the lens anywhere you like - experiment with the settings!
Step #9: Blur Filters ~
✗ Right-Click on the planet layer and Duplicate it.
✗ Go to: Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and make it really fuzzy …
✗ Then drag the fuzzy layer beneath the planet layer …
✗ Looks like this now …
Step #10: Shadow ~
✗ Select the top layer …
✗ … and holding the: Cmd (⌘) key - Click the Layer Thumbnail:
✗ That selects everything on the layer.
Step #11: Another New Layer ~
✗ Create another new layer on top …
✗ … select a soft fuzzy Brush Tool …
✗ … and, using a dark color, shade the planet’s shadow.
✗ Lastly, go to the background layer and apply Filter > Render > Lens Flare, in a way that the highlight could be seen behind the planet.
Step #12: Save your Work in Photoshop ~
✗ Go to: File > Save as … and save your .psd document somewhere you can find it.
Step #13: Open Your Project in Illustrator ~
✓ Then open YOUR CURRENT PROJECT in Adobe Illustrator and create a new background layer below all your other layers …
✓ … lock all your other layers.
Step #14: File > Place ~
✓ Then go to: File > Place … and find the .psd file you just saved.
Step #15: Embed the File ~
✓ With the background selected, hit the Embed button so the Photoshop document is permanently "embedded" into Illustrator layers:
✓ Then select "Convert layers to objects":
Step #16: Blending Options ~
✓ Drag your Planet layer just above your background …
✓ … then click Transparency or go to: Window > Transparency …
✓ … and change the Blending Mode until you get something you like.
✓ Also, experiment with lowering the Transparency (if necessary …)
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✓Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.ai]
• ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
• DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.
• NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.
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