Welcome back to “Creating On A Limited Budget”; a guide to using low-cost and free software that can help you to create professional quality art without breaking the bank.
In this 3rd installment of the series, I’ll demonstrate how I use Bryce, Lunar Cell, Glitterato, Universe Image Creator Plug-in and Corel PhotoPaint in my creative process.
MEMORY OF EARTH
Recently I posted a short fiction piece titled MEMORY OF EARTH and I thought it would be interesting to share its development with you. Click on the thumbnails for a larger image of each step.
First I rendered a rocky landscape with an astronaut standing on a ridge in Bryce (figure 1). I made a render of the scene with a black background. I also made a mask render for layering the scene in PhotoPaint.
Next I imported the scene to Corel PhotoPaint and added a layer titled “Nebula”. Using the Glitterato plug-in I created a neutral color layer of interstellar gas and setting the layer to “screen” applied the effect (figure 2). You’ll notice that the nebula layer appears on top of the terrain layer but we’ll fix that later in the process.
Creating three new layers (all set to screen) I use Universe Image Creator to render some textured stars (figure 3), a star cluster (figure 4) and a star field (figure 5) to complete the space elements.
Now, I use the mask image from my original Bryce render to overlay the effects added with Glitterato and Universe Image Creator. (figure 6)
To complete the image, I use Lunar Cell to render an Earth-like planet to place in the sky above the terrain (figure 7). This part is tricky because the planet’s dark side must match the lighting effects set up in the original Bryce render. The planet is rendered on a new layer using Lunar Cell’s composite setting which creates a solid masked object with no background.
In the final step, the text is added on a separate layer within PhotoPaint and the project is complete. (figure 8)
One of my favorite space art images is Red Sunrise. This was a milestone for me in that it featured a sun object, created within Bryce using advanced texturing and a radial light at its core allowing the object to light a scene without using Bryce’s internal sun feature. The only light source in this scene is the red sun object rising above the horizon.
For those of you that use Bryce this sun object is available for free download at my ShareCG model gallery.
I began Red Sunrise as a Bryce render. As with Memory Of Earth, I rendered a mask image as well for editing in PhotoPaint. (Figure 1)
Using Universe Image Creator Plug-in I created a layer of textured stars (set to screen mode). (Figure 2)
I created a second layer and inserted my mask render of the original Bryce image. (figure 3)
Addition of my signature as a text layer and the image is complete. (figure 4)
In the 4th installment of this series I’ll highlight some images created using Corel PhotoPaint and a combination of the Universe Image Creator, Lunar Cell, Glitterato and Solar Cell plug-ins.
As always, your comments and critiques are encouraged.