Create a Planet from scratch with Fireworks
In this tutorial I’ll go through completely how to completely create a planet from scratch with Fireworks. You don’t even need any images, its all there in your textures. This tutorial is inspired by this one.
Create a Planet from scratch, lets get started
1. First, draw a rectangle the size of the canvas. Now use filters in this order; add noise with amount 27, add Brightness -46 and Contrast 98, then add Gaussian Blur 0.8. Now you have stars. This shall be the lowest layer, nothing goes beneath this.
2. Draw a circle and fill it with the Paint Dark pattern. Change Brightness to -56. Add a white Inner Shadow with distance of 9, opacity 65%, softness 10 and angle 45. Set its texture to Metal 31%. This shall be the Planet layer.
3. Draw two circles the exact size and shape of the Planet, place them directly above it. Fill the first one with radial gradient with white edges opacity 22 and black center opacity 0. In other words, its an alternative to a white Inner Shadow. As for the second circle above that one, resize that to 95% of its original size, and add a Gaussian Blur 4.8 and 75% opacity.
4. Draw two black circles on top of the previous two circles, the size of the Planet. Resize the first one to 110% original size and set its edge to feather 72 and opacity 78. The second one, which is above the first, set to feather 49 and opacity 74. Position them slightly over to the top right.
5. Draw a white circle on top of all layers, the size of the Planet. Resize that to 55% and position it on the bottom left. Set its edge to Feather 55 and the shape to Overlay.
6. Draw another white circle the size of the Planet. This time, delete the top and right vector points, leaving an oval on the bottom left. Set its edge to Feather 24 and opacity to 38. Arrange it underneath the Planet.
7. Now draw two smaller circles 60% size of the Planet and place them beneath everything. Set both to the Flames pattern, edge feather 97, and opacity 60%. Color fill the bottom one to red with overlay. Then change the saturation of the top one to -100 and Brightness -15 and Contrast 64. Now you have a little bit of space texture.
8. Draw a white oval and set opacity to 70 and Overlay. Place it beneath all the layers, making the stars on the left of the Planet brighter.
9. Draw one last circle and set its pattern to Smudge Red, edge Feather 100, opacity 10, Saturation -100, Brightness -15, Contrast 64, and put it on top of all layers, towards the bottom left. This makes more space texture.
There you have it, a convincing planet. Do some tweaking and you can make a new solar system!