One way to make a planet

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This is a tutorial which will show you how to make a planet in Carrara. It will require that you have some maps of your planet and/or clouds outside of Carrara to utilize.


Kixum on 7:02PM Wed, 14 May 2008

Start with a simple sphere



The first thing to do is start by putting a sphere into the scene.  Then zoom in.

For this tutorial, the planet we will make will be very dramatic such that the area in shadow will be fully black.  In order to do this, select the scene in the instance tray, open up the ambient pane and set the ambient light to 0.

Tutorial Comments


Spaceland  8:24PM Wed, 06 June 2012

I found this by searching for Carrara tutorial, even in 2012 your tutorial is very good. Thank you.

cmcgaugh  3:28AM Wed, 06 May 2009

Wow! Thanks for the cool tutorial! My friend Brian Rohde sent me the link...planet-making is one of the projects I've been wanting to pursue, and this is a huge help. Cal =)

PurplePanther  9:22AM Fri, 20 June 2008

Texture map sites to name a few: http://planetpixelemporium.com/venus.html http://www.celestiamotherlode.net/catalog/venus.php http://www.turbosquid.com/FullPreview/Index.cfm/ID/155786 http://www.planetaryvisions.com/Intro.php?pid=4201

PurplePanther  9:03AM Fri, 20 June 2008

Thanks Kixum! Some good info, always looking to add to my library of tuts. @ ZeroCOol - chill, ever heard of google? btw think your name was aptly chosen.

ZeroC0ol  4:54PM Sat, 14 June 2008

if you at LEAST put some goddamn links where we CAN download those .bmp etc, for VENUS, that would have been gr8, otherways, this SUCKS like this,,, all you show us is your work. . .

cobusp  3:46PM Sun, 25 May 2008

Thanks this was indeed valuable! Hoping to see more like these.

blueblott  9:33PM Sat, 17 May 2008

Have just got Carrara 6 pro this will be very useful Thankyou

Odessey  11:25PM Thu, 15 May 2008

Now were talking , great info !

stardust  2:30PM Thu, 15 May 2008

Great tutorial! Now we'll be seeing some great 3d planets done in Carrara :)

Xerxes0002  1:43PM Thu, 15 May 2008

Excellent thank you, I can't wait to give it a go.

danamo  12:01PM Thu, 15 May 2008

Great little tut! I learned something new that will help me with other Carrara pics in the future. Thanks for sharing your technique.