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Old 18-05-2008, 01:32 AM   #1
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Default EASY!!!! Making picture of Earth on Sphere

Hey,

I'm sure this is really easy. I have a few pictures of earth, mars, the moon etc that I want to put on spheres. The problem is that the pictures I am using are square with a black background around the planet (see attached file).

How can I make this look better on a sphere?

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Old 18-05-2008, 01:43 AM   #2
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err the pic shows 1 side of the earth so it wont work for a 3d model without it being streched and deformed
not sure how to do it though

if you can get a picture desinged and edited for this thing it would make life alot easier
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Old 18-05-2008, 02:12 AM   #3
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you'd want something like this:

http://www.buining.com/images/EarthTM0360.jpg
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Head over to the NASA site, you can find loads of pics on there with a bit of hunting.

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Hi Clebo,

this website......

Planet Pixel Emporium

is exactly what you're after.

The owner of the site has created maps for all the planets in the solar system and some of the moons. You'll find bump and specular maps and even cloud layers too.

I used the earth and moon in this clip....

Reddmango Clip

The sun was made by myself but I think that there is one on planet pixel.

Have fun,

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mike did you make that image if so.., how.., what did you 'unfold it in' or what link is it.., would be greatly appreciated.., been looking for months

bending.., ive been trying to find this mysterious nasa giveaway site for some time but cant find the link

i would greatly appreciate any links to spherical images.., and planet textures

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no, I didn't make it. Just did a search on "earth texture" and found it.
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Wow...thanks guys.....I appreciate the help. I'll try that Planet Earth Texture site.

Thanks again...
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