Glowing planet

With this tutorial I am going to show you a way to create a nice glowing planet (sphere) effect. Here is an example
Final Adobe photoshop tutorial result.

1. Start by creating a new document 40*40 pixels. Get the Paint bucket tool and fill it with a light blue color. Then with the Elliptical Marquee tool and select a perfet circle (hold down Shift while selecting) at the center of your document and fill it with white. You should now have an image like this.

2. Go to Edit -> Define Pattern and give your pattern a name. (If you want you can use the image above)

3. Close this document and create a new one with a size of 800*800 pixels.

4. Select the Paint Bucket Tool (Fill: Pattern) and fill your new document with the pattern we ‘ve just created.
Fill with pattern result.

5. Get the Elliptical Marquee tool and select a circle at the center of your document.
Elliptical Selection.

6. Go to Filter -> Distort-> Spherize and use Amount: 100% Mode: Normal.

7. Now we are going to inverse the selection. Go to Select -> Inverse (Ctrl+Shift+I). Fill the new selection with black and deselect (Ctrl+D)

8. Go to Filter-> Distort-> Polar Coordinates and select Polar to Rectangular. You should now have something like this.
Polar coordinates result.

9. Go to Image -> Rotate Canvas -> 90CW

10. Filter -> Stylize -> Wind and use these settings.
Wind adobe photoshop filter settings..

11. Repeat step 10 until you have something like this.
Wind result.

12. Now we are going to rotate our image back to its original orientation. Image -> Rotate Canvas -> 90CCW.

13. We are going to use the Polar Coordinates filter once again, however this time we are going to use the Rectangular to Polar setting. (Filter->Distort->Polar to Rectangular).

last tutorial step

We are almost done. All we have to do now is to modify the colors to our liking. I used a Gradient Map (Image -> Adjustments ->Gradient Map) and here is my final result.
Final result.

PS: The technique used to achieve this effect is based on the Exploding Planet Tutorial from Tutorialwiz

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