First off, I think you have done some good work on your planet, but I think it could still use some tweaking. One thing it’s a little to dark, I know space is dark but it covers up some of the nice details of the planet. Maybe, you could try and use the node editor to get a nice glow effect on the planet (see the images below). Also, try and work on the clouds some, to give the image that extra touch;). Maybe, add a sun and a nice background, like a nebula or something. Hope this helps.
Acer: How do you do the clouds for your planet? I haven’t yet found a way to do the clouds besides using the basic (and annoying) cloud texture in the textures menu. (is there a way to make a clear plane with white clouds?
as to the lighting, make a blue hemi opposite your main light source and set the power really low (like 0.05-0.1) to add some starlight. The atmosphere diffuses light from the sun around to the back, and stars/moon/reflection from planets = more light for back side… glow also helps.
Darn. I’m still confused. How do you make the clouds without covering up the planet. in other words. If I put clouds on another sphere and place that sphere around the planet. How do you make the sphere invisibe except the clouds?
Well, it really looks much better with the clouds and the lighting Clever Oaf. You have some really good resources and I think you will do just fine on your project. I was going to post some stuff to help you with the clouds, but it looks like your set now. Also thanks for the complement free_ality glad you liked the post.