Experimentation: 3-D Planets


I experimented with this a while ago in May. Basically, it uses the same steps at the Billiard Ball tutorial.

Though not necessarily anything new, I found it useful and worth posting. So, let’s say you want to make a 3-d planet like Earth but don’t know where to start.

Here’s a quick guide.

First, download the earth texture by going here. Then click the picture titled “color map” to download it. Or for simplicity sake, download the 2nd picture I posted.

Then drag this picture into the Symbols window to make a symbol out of it.

Now create a half-circle. Rotate that using Effect>3D>Revolve. Map the sphere by clicking the Map Art button.

Now select the Earth texture from the symbol drop-down menu.

Additionally, you can click the More Options button. Set the surface to Diffuse Shading, the Ambient light to 30%, and the blends steps to 100. Now you should have a 3-d planet similar to mine.

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About Fadi G.

I am a digital artist and I hope to push the bounds of creativity. I will produce videos, illustrations, animations, and more interesting things.

Posted on June 30, 2011, in 3-D, Effects, Experiment, Posts, Projects, Realistic. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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