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3d earth
on Mar 14, 2007 at 2:58:08 pm

Hi guys -
I'm relatively new to 3d and I found a great website that offers a tutorial on how to create a 3d earth -
Seems like all the necessary maps are there but I'm a little foggy on what to do with a couple of them - I've got the main earth texture and bump map looking good but I'm having a little trouble with the specular highlight image and the cloud layer - I mapped the specular highlight image ( to the specular color node of my material (using a Phong E) with the goal being the oceans reflect the specular highlight while the land does not - but thats not happening and I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong -
and for the cloud layer I created a slightly larger sphere , added a lambert material and mapped the cloud pic ( to the material's transparency node - which worked great except that the clouds appear very grey - i've tried to bump up the whiteness (like brightening the ambient color) but everything i do adversly effects the "earth sphere" directly under it - am i doing this right?
thanks for any help

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