Creating a Gas Giant / Neptune Tutorial in After Effects

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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