Stellar Icons From Space! From 2005!

I made a batch of desktop icons of Earth, the Moon, Mars and Venus. I wrapped spheres with some planetary textures from NASA, then added shadows.


Posted in Blog || Originally created on 2005-10-30 19:30:12 || Posted on 2010-02-09 16:10:43

When I created these, I just felt that I needed some icons from space. There's not much more to it. I used Blender for their execution. I took some spheres and wrapped some planetary texture maps around them, then added a raytraced shadow to give the icons the appearance that they were really sitting there on your desktop.

Yes, I know that the Earth is not transparent. It just looked so boring with all of that open blue space right in the middle there. I tried to cover the boring blue with clouds, but I couldn't find any decent cloud maps with sufficient resolution to do anything pretty with, so I decided to use NASA's "Bodies of Water" map as a transparency map, and I think it turned out pretty cool looking.

An icon of the planet Earth, 64 x 64An icon of the Moon, 64 x 64An icon of the planet Mars, 64 x 64An icon of the planet Venus, 64 x 64

Planetary object texture maps lovingly stolen from NASA.


Planet Earth:

An icon of the planet Earth, 64 x 64An icon of the planet Earth, 128 x 128An icon of the planet Earth, 256 x 256An icon of the planet Earth, 512 x 512

The Moon:

An icon of the Moon, 64 x 64An icon of the Moon, 128 x 128An icon of the Moon, 256 x 256An icon of the Moon, 512 x 512

Planet Mars:

An icon of the planet Mars, 64 x 64An icon of the planet Mars, 128 x 128An icon of the planet Mars, 256 x 256An icon of the planet Mars, 512 x 512

Planet Venus:

An icon of the planet Venus, 64 x 64An icon of the planet Venus, 128 x 128An icon of the planet Venus, 256 x 256An icon of the planet Venus, 512 x 512
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