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.