Things are looking good, but the scene is still looking bland. Let’s add an additional planet!
On a new layer above your clouds layers, draw out a perfect circle with your Ellipse Tool.
When that circle is created, make a duplicate of that layer. You should have two identical dark circles.
On the top circle, we need to apply a few Layer Styles, similar to those that we applied to our large planet. They can be seem below.
Your smaller planet should be looking like this:
Just like we did with the larger planet, we need to apply a texture to our planet. I’m going to use this texture. Bring this texture into Photoshop and place/scale it on top of your smaller planet.
Follow the same steps we performed on the large planet:
- Command/CTRL + Click on the small planet layer to create a selection.
- Add a Spherize Filter – Filter > Distort > Spherize. Use 100% for the amount.
- Apply a Layer Mask to hide the excess bits. Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection.
- Change the Blend Mode of the texture to Overlay.
We now need to mask out the top right side of the planet, in order to give an ‘eclipse’ effect. In your Layers Panel, select both the texture layer and the top circle. You can do this by selecting one of the layers, then with your Command/CTRL key held down, click on a BLANK area of the second layer.
Once both layers are selected, we need to place them in a Group. At the bottom of your Layers Panel, with your Shift key held down click on the Create New Group icon (). This will place the selected layers inside a new Group.
Once they are grouped, apply a Layer Mask to your new group. Either use the Layer Mask icon on your Layers Panel, or Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All.
Now, with a soft black brush, around 400px, click a few times at the top right corner of the small planet. This will hide the texture and the Layer Styles, revealing the second black circle below.
Using the same method, you can create as many additional planets as you choose! Here’s my final image.