Photoshop

How to Create an Ice Planet in Photoshop

In this simple tutorial, we’ll learn how to create an ice planet in Photoshop from scratch.

ice planet

You’ll need:

  • Adobe Photoshop CS

Step 1

Create a new document with 1000px width and 1000px height. Press D to set default colors and fill the layer with black.

 ice planet black layer

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

 ice planet clouds

Step 2

Select Filter > Filter Gallery, choose Plastic Warp from the Artistic folder and set Smoothness at 2, Detail at 15 and Highlight Strength at 20.

 ice planet plastic warp

 ice planet plastic warp result

Now, select Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates and use the settings shown below.

 ice planet polar coordinates

 ice planet polar coordinates result

Again, select Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates and change the settings as shown.

 ice planet polar coordinates rectangular

 ice planet polar coordinates rectangular result

Select Filter > Distort > Spherize.

 ice planet spherize

 ice planet spherize result

Again, select Filter > Distort > Spherize and change the Amount to 50%.

 ice planet spherize 50%

 ice planet spherize 50% result

Select Filter > Distort > Pinch.

 ice planet pinch

 ice planet pinch result

Step 3

Choose the Elliptical Marquee Tool and select the planet. Then, go to Select > Inverse to inverse your selection.

 ice planet elliptical marquee tool

Clear the selected area by pressing Delete and then remove the selection by pressing Ctrl+D.

 ice planet remove selection

Reduce the planet size by going to Edit > Transform > Scale, but remember to keep pressing Shift in order to maintain the proportions.

 ice planet scale

Step 4

Now, press Ctrl+J to duplicate the layer. Select Filter > Filter Gallery, choose Dark Strokes from the Brush Strokes folder and set Balance at 5, Black Intensity at 2 and White Intensity at 2.

 ice planet dark strokes

 ice planet dark strokes result

Change the layer blending mode to Soft Light.

ice planet soft light

Step 5

Again, duplicate the Planet layer and move it above all the other layers. Now, select Filter > Filter Gallery, choose Bass Relief from the Sketch folder and set Detail at 13, Smoothness at 2 and Light at Bottom Right.

 ice planet bass relief

 ice planet bass relief result

Change the layer blending mode to Soft Light.

 ice planet bass relief soft light

Select the Eraser Tool at 30% opacity and 40px size and using a round soft brush, erase the relief of ice surfaces.

 ice planet erase relief

Step 6

Duplicate the Planet layer again and move it above all the other layers. Now, select Filter > Filter Gallery, choose Note Paper from the Sketch folder and set Image Balance at 25, Graininess at 10 and Relief at 11.

 ice planet note paper

 ice planet note paper result

Change the layer blending mode to Overlay.

 ice planet overlay

Again, select the Eraser Tool at 30% opacity and 40px size and using a round soft brush, erase the monotonous plots.

 ice planet erase monotonous plots

Step 7

Duplicate the Planet layer again and move it above all the other layers. Now, select Filter > Filter Gallery, choose Plaster from the Sketch folder and set Image Balance at 20 and Smoothness at 2.

 ice planet plaster

 ice planet plaster result

Change the layer blending mode to Darker Color.

 ice planet darker color

Again, select the Eraser Tool at 30% opacity and 100px size and using a round soft brush, erase almost everything on the layer except for a few areas to soften edges.

 ice planet erase almost everything

Step 8

Duplicate the Planet layer again, move it above all the other layers and change the layer blending mode to Hard Light.

 ice planet hard light

Step 9

Create a new layer and change the layer blending mode to Screen. Now, select a 90px brush at 10% opacity and lighten up the darker areas with white color.

 ice planet lighten

Step 10

Create a new layer and change the layer blending mode to Color. Set the color #47639a as the foreground color and using a 400px brush at 10% opacity, paint on the plant to make the ice. If needed, you can decrease or increase the brush’s opacity.

 ice planet color

Step 11

We’ll now add stars around the planet. With a 5px soft round brush selected, access the brush presets by pressing F5.

ice planet brush preset smoothing

 ice planet brush preset scattering

 ice planet brush preset transfer

Create a new layer, set white as the foreground color and draw the stars. Keep changing the size of the brush in order to give a realistic effect.

 ice planet stars

 ice planet stars result

Step 12

Now, create a new layer, press D to set default colors and select Filter > Render > Clouds.

 ice planet final clouds

Change the layer blending mode to Linear Dodge.

 ice planet linear dodge

Select the Eraser Tool at 30% opacity and clean the layer to obtain a result like mine.

ice planet clean layer

Step 13

Finally, create a new layer and set its layer blending mode at Soft Color. Select a soft round brush at 15-20% opacity, choose the color #263c35 and start painting the nebula. Keep changing the brush color to obtain a final result like mine and you’re done!

 ice planet

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Tabish Shaikh

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