In this tutorial by designer Omar Aqil, we’re going to show you how to build your own world. No big deal, right? Before you get started, though, you’ll need to check out our previous lesson on Creating 3D Rendered Type in Cinema 4D. In that tutorial, we made a living “Planet Earth” logo, which will be used as the foundation here. (If you don’t want to incorporate the 3D text, you can skip ahead to where the other visual elements come in.)

You’ll also need to prep yourself with some images of trees, rocks, mountains, clouds, animals, and sea life. Fortunately, we’ve created a Lightbox of all the images used in this tutorial, where you can find all the visual elements you’ll need. Or, if you want your world to have a different feel, just search through the Shutterstock library to find the landscapes and inhabitants that suit your sensibilities.

Step 1

Open a new document in Photoshop. You can choose any scale you like; I went really large with a 10,000 x by 9,000px canvas.

In my previous tutorial, we rendered two files in C4D: White Rock and Sand Rock. Open the Sand Rock render file in Photoshop and crop it with the Magic Wand tool.

Step 2

In order to hone the detail, I used “Topaz Detail.” Set the values according to this slide.

For adding some sharpness, go to Filter > Sharpen> Unsharp Mask and use the values here. Then add some darker tones to the render so that it gets the feel of different types of rock.

Step 3

Duplicate the layer and add some darker color tone by going to Image > Adjustments > Levels.

Now you can change the “Channel” values in Levels according to this slide.

Step 4

Select the Eraser tool and erase 30% of the left side of the duplicated layer with smoothness.

Step 5

Now open the White Rock render of the Planet Earth 3D text in Photoshop and crop it.

Go to the Levels and add some Contrast on it.

Step 6

Erase 70% of the left side of this layer with smoothness, as in the image.

Set the opacity to 69% and go to Layer Style. Add drop shadow (43% opacity / 1 px size), duplicate the layer, and erase areas so that the highlights get more prominent. Then merge both of the recent layers together.

Step 7

Next, we’ll start adding imagery of the four seasons around the lettering.

We’ll use Summer/Spring images on the left side and Winter/Autumn on the right side. Open some images of mountains and crop them out.

Go to Levels and add some contrast, then place the cropped mountain images behind the text.

Step 8

Add some images of trees and greenery, including some rock behind the trees to provide visual variation.

Step 9

Enhance the front of the image by adding more rocks and greenery to the lettering. Place stones in front of the “E,” cropping three of them to compose according to the slide. Arrange some plants around the rocks too.

Step 10

Add an image of a dark rock, copy and paste, and tweak using the Warp tool. Compose these rocks in front of the “A” and “R,” as in the image. Also add some dark areas at the corners using the Burn tool, and put in a little more greenery.

Step 11

Keep adding rocks and greenery in the Summer/Spring section, filling out the space.

Step 12

Move on to the Winter/Autumn section. Open the hard rock image, Stretch it horizontally, and adjust its scale with the Warp tool. To add more detail, repeat the rock images as shown in the slide.

Step 13

Open some wintry tree images and crop them out. Add these images among the rocks.

Step 14

Open a waterfall image, erase some side areas, and compose it beside the letter “H.”

Step 15

Add an image of the sea in front of the rocks. To make the underwater area, take some dark and light underwater stones and compose them together.

Complete the sea area by adding an aquatic-blue water image, and additional underwater imagery.

Step 16

Add some water splashes, greenery, and more rock images to flesh out the details. Include more rocks and some dry winter trees at the bottom.

Step 17

Next, we’ll add more life to the image to complement all the scenery. Put in some animals and birds, applying an Unsharp mask to these images. Add some underwater life to the sea area, as well.

Step 18

Apply a gradient to the background using the values above.

Step 19

Add a new layer, pick “White Color” in the palette and apply some White Glow with the Brush around the whole image.

Step 20

For the sky, start adding some cloud images, cropping them and composing them as you go.

Step 21

Add a second set of clouds around the first one. Erase the sides with the Eraser tool on low opacity. Pick “Overlay” in the layer styles.

Step 22

Merge the completed layers and bring the image into “Topaz Detail.” Apply “Micro Contrast Enhancement.”

Step 23

If you want to add more tones to your finished composite, open it in Adobe Lightroom and set the values given here.

And that’s it: you’ve built an entire world. Congratulations!

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