Creating a Gas Giant / Neptune in After Effects

Two simple techniques to create a cool looking planet. Part of my Makin’ Planets playlist. In this tutorial I look at two ways to create a gaseous surface for a Gas Giant planet. In the first example, I take stock footage of smoke from  Production Crate  , and position in it 3D space. Then I overlay Video Copilot’s Orb plugin to give Neptune its shape and shadows. And I go on to add a second Orb layer, this time with a “recipe” for an atmosphere.

In the second example, I use Fractal Noise to create a clouds texture for Orb, but then I use CC Radial Blur to create depth. The two techniques result in quite different looks, but I think both look cool.


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Published by ShiveringCactus

Tutorials and videos, mainly After Effects, but with some 3D and puppetry stuff too.

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