So in this new type of “tutorial,” I will walk you through some basic tips on creating a earth or space scene using CC Sphere and a texture map. Now this tutorial was inspired by Iceflow Studio’s Photoshop tutorial: Space Scene. If you want to learn more about creating the scene in Photoshop, definitely check out that tutorial!
In After Effects, I’ll be showing you some ways to bring a little more life and animation to the scene, how to setup a basic environment with stars and dust, and show you how to setup the lighting and atmosphere of the earth. If you want more information on creating awesome planets, check out VideoCopilot’s tutorial.
Don’t forget to experiment and mess around, you can create some pretty awesome effects by animating the light height and matching it with the lens flare. Some other ideas to get you going:
- Build the environment more, create a stronger atmosphere for the planet and the area around it. Try adding more clouds to the surrounding planet.
- Animate the flare, try moving at a different location, add some flickering.
- Try a different angle at the planet (maybe from the bottom or side), maybe add some depth of field, play around with camera movements.
- Switch to 16 or 32 bpc for better brighter colors. Add additional space images to blend things in and make it more realistic.
Again, this was my first take at really sitting down and discussing some tips and techniques with you guys. It’s a great and quick way for me to sit down and explain some things without prior planning or work. It also saves me editing time so if you guys enjoyed quick tutorials like this, let me know down below!