How to Create an Ice Planet

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You can find a lot of tutorials on how to make an ice planet in Photoshop. But I would like to invite you to try this unique simple tutorial on how to achieve the desired effect in a few steps.


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Step 1

Create a new document with 1000×1000 pixels. Press D to set up foreground and background color as black (#000000) and white (#ffffff). Fill layer with black color (#000000).

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Create a new layer, name it “Planet” and apply Filter > Render > Clouds.

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Step 2

Apply Filter > Artistic > Plastic Warp (Highlight Strength:20, Detail:15, Smoothness: 2).

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Apply Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates.

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Apply Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates again but changing option to Rectangular to Polar.

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Use Filter > Distort > Sphesize.

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Apply Filter > Distort > Sphesize one more time updating Amount to 50%.

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Apply Filter > Distort > Pinch.

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Step 3

With Elliptical Marquee Tool select planet. After that invert selection with Select > Inverse.

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Press Delete to clear selected area and remove selection with Ctrl+D.

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Go to Edit > Transform > Scale to reduce planet size a bit (keep pressing SHIFT to maintain proportions).

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Step 4

Duplicate “Planet” layer with Ctrl+J and apply Filter > Brush Strokes > Dark Strokes (Balance: 5, Black Intensity: 2, White Intensity: 2).

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Update layer mode to Soft Light on current layer.

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Step 5

Duplicate again “Planet” layer with Ctrl+J and move it on top of all layers. Apply Filter > Sketch > Bas Relief (Detail: 13, Smoothness: 2, Light: Bottom Right).

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Update layer mode to Soft Light on current layer.

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Select Eraser Tool (Opacity: 30%, Size: 40px) and with a soft round brush remove the relief of ice surfaces.

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Step 6

Duplicate again “Planet” layer with Ctrl+J and move it on top of all layers. Apply Filter > Sketch > Note Paper (Image Balance: 25, Graininess: 10, Relief: 11).

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Update layer mode to Overlay on current layer.

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Select Eraser Tool again (Opacity: 30%, Size: 40px) and with a soft round brush remove too monotonous plots.

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Step 7

Duplicate again “Planet” layer with Ctrl+J and move it on top of all layers. Apply Filter > Sketch > Plaster (Image Balance: 20, Smoothness: 2).

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Update layer mode to Darker Color on current layer.

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Select Eraser Tool again (Opacity: 30%, Size: 100px) and with a soft round brush clean almost all layer content leaving only some areas to soften edges.

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Step 8

Duplicate again “Planet” layer with Ctrl+J and move it on top of all layers. Update layer mode to Hard Light on current layer.

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Step 9

Create a new layer on top of all other layers. Update layer mode to Screen, select Brush Tool (Opacity: 10%, Size: 90px) and lighten up darker water areas with white color.

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Step 10

Create a new layer on top of all other layers. Update layer mode to Color. Set foreground color to #47639a, select Brush Tool (Opacity: 10%, Size: 400px) and start applying to ice areas of the planet. If necessary increase or decrease a little brush opacity.

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Step 11

We need to add stars around the planet. With Brush Tool selected and a soft round brush (Size: 5px to start) press F5 to access brush presets.

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Set foreground color to white, create a new layer on top and draw the stars. Keep updating brush size.

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Step 12

Create a new layer on top. Press D button to set up foreground and background colors as black and white and apply Filter > Render > Clouds.

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Update layer mode to Linear Dodge.

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Select Eraser Tool (Opacity: 30%) and clean layer so that the result should be similar to mine.

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Step 13

To finish tutorial, create a new layer on top and update layer mode to Soft Color. Select Brush Tool with soft round brush (Opacity: 15-20%), choose color #263c35 and start decorating nebula. Keep updating brush color like i did and you will have a great result.

Final Image

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12 Responses

  1. Arsalan Azarmi says:

    Being educative while having wide content

  2. john says:

    on step 5 you forgot to add bottom right for the light.

  3. Ricardo says:

    Mine and my friend’s did not come out like this at all, but still great tutorial!

  4. Taylor says:

    Sweet tutorial. Mine looks just like it.

  5. john says:

    It looks really nice!

  6. kkkl says:

    oh very good!

  7. My planet looks nothing like this. It is a dodecahedron due north of alpha centauri. But this one looks nice. :)

  8. Bailey says:

    on step 13 it calls for a soft color option which is unavailable in my photoshop. Is there an alternative?

  9. Tommy Wiseau says:

    How do you use layer mode lighten?

  10. Tazz says:

    i love this.. it was amazing to do and i love showing mine off (:

  11. Niat Busuk says:

    Cool ….!!