materials iconCreate a Realistic Earth

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Tags - Photorealistic
Software:
  • Blender 2.5
Discover How To:
  • Use color, bump and specular maps
  • Add clouds and atmosphere
  • Use material nodes to create city lights in the darkness
Software:
  • Blender 2.5
Discover How To:
  • Use color, bump and specular maps
  • Add clouds and atmosphere
  • Use material nodes to create city lights in the darkness

With the complex terrain, ocean, clouds and atmospheres you’d think that creating a realistic earth would be quite hard to create… especially in Blender. But with the right know how it’s actually pretty easy.

In this tutorial we will be using several textures from NASA and some careful tweaking of materials to create realistic shaders.

Finished Result

Textures used in this tutorial:

All textures are from NASA but have been resized for easier use in blender.

Further Inspiration

Not sure where to go with this tutorial? Check out these links for further inspiration:

Hope you found this tutorial useful. As always, if you make something cool, post it in the comments below!

Download the finished .blend

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