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Exploding Planet 2

Here is another tutorial that shows you how to create an exploding planet, a different approach to the previous tutorial..

With this tutorial, we will be working photos of dried cracked mud, so go to google images and search for "dried mud". It works best on pictures with birds eye view (direct view from top) so we can see the cracks. Alternatively, you can use any of the images below. (Click to get larger size). Please note that the steps may differ if your image is significantly different to the one im using in this tutorial, so experiment :)


I'll be working on the 2nd image. Base on that image, I start a new document 640x480.

Now open the mud image up, on the dirt image, do a CTRL+A to select all, then go to the new document you just created and press CTRL+V to paste the image.

The cracks are dark, so we'll invert the image so it becomes white, this will give it a better explosion effect. so go to Image » Adjustment » Invert (or press CTRL+I).

Now use the eliptical marquee tool and make a large round selection on the image. Hold SHIFT while you create the selection to make a perfect round circle.

Click to view larger image

Now go to Select » Inverse,
Then hit Delete so you are left with a circle from the mud image. DO NOT DESELECT YET.

Click to view larger image

Now, while you still got your selection, go to SELECT » INVERSE again to select the shape.

Now go to Filter » Distort » Spherize. Set amount to 100%. Then do it again, this time, 50%. You can now deselect.

Now, lets fill the background layer (the layer underneath the mud layer) with black.

Then go to Layer » Flatten Image

Now go to Filter » Sharpen » unsharp Mask.
Amount: 500%. Radius: 1.7px. Threshold: 122 levels

- Go to Filter » Distort » Polar Co-ordinates.
Options: Polar to Rectangular. VIEW

Go to: Image » Rotate Canvas » 90CW. VIEW

Apply: Filter » Stylize » Wind
Method: Wind. Direction: From the right. Hit CTRL+F to reapply. VIEW

Go to: Image » Rotate Canvas » 90CCW. VIEW

Finally, apply Filter » Distort » Polar Coordinates.
Options: Rectangular to Polar.

There you go, now all you do is just play around with colors, by either using Image » Hue and Saturation, or Image » Color Balance.
I use color balance in the image below.

This tutorial will work for basically and image with textures such as cracks. Here are a few variations.
Before                   ---- »                         After.





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Naveenraj Sep/05/2013 03:05Wow. Thanks a lot.
Naieem Aug/28/2013 14:45wow... it's really gr8 tuts.. thanks 4 sharing..
Dru May/20/2013 03:14to get the color change the layer blend mode to hard light. you can use the others but mine is set at hard light.
tamere Mar/01/2013 05:38very style
Lia R Dec/25/2012 03:37Great!! Congrats!
mitchelle Dec/04/2012 20:00I found this another similar easy to follow Photoshop tutorials!
colby Sep/24/2012 22:18When i try to Polor Coordinate, it dosent come at as it looks like on yours, it different and totalls the planet.
colby Sep/24/2012 21:43I cant distort at all, its grey'd out =[ this might be a late comment so email me if you can, anyone Thanks
rollo Sep/17/2012 11:54hue: 30 saturation: 100 lightness: 1 (check the colorize option)
Bansanhame K. Khongstia Aug/31/2012 16:59nice work. tangba wat khyllew me to. anyways thanks for sharing. nice work dude.
Bansanhame K. Khongstia Aug/31/2012 16:59nice work. tangba wat khyllew me to. anyways thanks for sharing. nice work dude.
vinegar nuts May/10/2012 03:50i cant get the right colour balance... i blame the jews
yo yo Apr/23/2012 23:58duhh hello!!! dis izz so so so so osoume..................
jeck Apr/02/2012 09:34nice
bob Feb/02/2012 04:29timmeywashere to kill you athene
asdf Dec/26/2011 18:49I dunno I couldn't get the WIND part to work. Looked all messed up. I followed the instructions to a T!!!
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