This was an experiment in rendering planets using Carrara.
The planet itself is composed of two textured spheres. The inner sphere is textured with a slightly bumpy brown texture. The outer sphere represents the atmosphere of the planet, and is basically whitish in color, but with fractal noise applied to the shader’s alpha channel, to allow parts of the planet below to show through. The planet is lit obliquely using a Distant Light
The background for the image is a Hubble space telescope image of Messier 82A by NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). The atmosphere in the image is turned off, and this image is used as a backdrop. Additional stars are added using Dartanbeck’s Starry Sky for Carrara, a now apparently discontinued product.
The image was post-processed in Photoshop by applying the Blue Monday preset from the Nik Collection, which didn’t make a huge change to its appearance, but brought out the colors a little more.
- Starry Sky for Carrara