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Filip Vandueren
my CC Sphere Earth Composition + project file
on May 31, 2005 at 4:48:48 pm

Hey all,

I figured, why not have a go at this 8-)
it's an earth with clouds, and withlights that go on when it's night-time

here's a kinda complete earth model in After Effects.
It doesn't render very fast, but I think it's worth it:

Project file:

The textures are pretty low-res, but you can find better quality textures quite easily at Nasa.

For Whom it may concern, the recipe, bottom to top:

  • some stars
  • the night-texture with CC-Sphere,
    • Ambient Shading 100%, Diffuse shading 0%

  • the daytime-texture with CC Sphere,
    • Ambient Shading 100%, Diffuse shading 0%

    luma matte enabled
  • as luma matte; a white solid with CC sphere,
    • light cranked up to 500% so it has more contrast
    • Ambient 0%; Diffuse shading: 100%

  • the clouds are greyscale
    • Shift Channels effect, "take Alpha from 'red'" to make them transparant,
    • Tint effect to give it a slight blueish hue.
    • CC Sphere,
      • Ambient Shading 10%, Diffuse shading 90%

    • a 2d dropshadow to give it some relief
    • Some curves to enhance the alpha, brightness, and make it a little more blueish

  • An adjustment layer to make the whole thing glow a bit. set to "Add"
    • Channel Combiner Max RGB -> Lightness
    • Brighntess Contrast: contrast +50
    • Hue/Saturation: Saturation-50
    • Fast Blur at 100 px

    Then all the CC Spheres are linked together with parenting & their effects-parameters with expressions so only one sphere needs to be altered.
    The layer is also rotated 23.5

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