Tutorial: Stormy Planet

  1. Create a new project
    ….File > New > 640 width; 640 height
  2. Change your background color to black (use the curved double-arrow by the swatches)
  3. Change your foreground color to red (I used #ff0000)
  4. Select your Blend (Gradient) Tool
    ….Gradient: FG to BG RBG
    ….Shape: Linear
  5. Apply a stroke to the project from the top left to the bottom right
  6. Right-click on the Background Layer and if the Remove Alpha Channel is NOT grayed out click on it to remove the alpha channel of the layer
  7. Go to Filters > Render > Nature > Flame
    ….Brightness: 5
    ….All other sliders leave as default
    ….Choose Edit > Randomize to find a flame that you like
  8. Go to Filters > Map > Map Object
    ….Map To: Sphere
    ….Check Transparent Background
    ….Change layer name to Planet
  9. Make the Foreground color black and select the Background Layer
    ….Swap the red and black foreground-background color and choose the Bucket Fill Tool
    ….Tool Options:
    ……..Affected Area: Fill Whole Selection
    ….Click on the background area
  10. Add a new layer and name it Turbulence with a Layer Fill Type of Transparency
  11. Go to Filters > Render > Nature > Flame
    ….Colormap: sunny harvest
    ….Choose Edit > Randomize to find a flame that you like
  12. Hide the Planet Layer (eyeball) and choose the Move Tool to move the Turbulence Layer up and to the right to expose more of the flame effect
  13. Show the Planet Layer (eyeball)
  14. Make the Planet Layer active and add a new layer and name it Turbulence Front with a Layer Fill Type of Transparency
  15. Go to Filters > Reshow Flame
    ….Choose Edit > Randomize to find a flame that you like
  16. Choose the Move Tool to move the Turbulence Front Layer down and to the left to expose more of the planet
  17. Make the Background Layer active
  18. Go to Filters > Light and Shadow > Supernova
    ….Place the Supernova in the upper left-hand corner
    ….Reduce the radius to 10

Final Render:
stormy-planet

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