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What cross-platform (or cross-browser) resources are available to help make texture maps for generating beautiful planetary images using Blender (Cycles)? Ideally, these would include:

  • Terrain maps (colour, land, ocean, lakes, rivers, mountains, etc.)
  • Height maps (normal and bump)
  • Specular masks (land mask)
  • Cloud maps
  • Gas giants
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Custom Texture Map Generators

Software to help generate planetary texture maps.

Java

Unavailable

Software that is offline, defunct, unreleased, or otherwise unavailable but still potentially useful.

Source Code

Links to uncompiled software.

Free Maps

Maps of various resolutions (often without specular, cloud, or normal maps).

Solar System

Tutorials

Comprehensive web pages that describe various ways to craft realistic texture maps.

GIMP

Photoshop

Binaries

Binaries that run under Windows and Wine.

Related

Related information about planetary texture maps.

Research, Whitepapers

Palettes

Cartography palettes for planetary colours.

Long Live the Rainbow Rainbow

Creating beautiful relief models Hillside Relief

Best Colour for Elevation (no snow)
Elevation - No Snow

Best Colour for Elevation (with snow)
Elevation - Snow

ESRI Mapping Center Bathymetry and Elevation

ESRI Hyposemetry Color Ramps

Red, Blue, Green

Palettes given as red, green, blue values.

Snowball colors

Palette {
  Class          "IceWorld"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 0.50)
  colorShelf     (0.95, 0.95, 0.95, 0.50)
  colorBeach     (0.80, 0.80, 0.80, 0.75)
  colorDesert    (0.85, 0.85, 0.85, 1.00)
  colorLowland   (0.87, 0.87, 0.87, 1.00)
  colorUpland    (0.93, 0.93, 0.93, 1.00)
  colorRock      (1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00)
  colorSnow      (1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00)
}

White-brown colors

Palette {
  Class          "IceWorld"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.30, 0.25, 0.22, 0.00)
  colorShelf     (0.37, 0.31, 0.28, 0.00)
  colorBeach     (0.56, 0.47, 0.42, 0.20)
  colorDesert    (0.70, 0.70, 0.70, 0.50)
  colorLowland   (0.70, 0.70, 0.70, 0.80)
  colorUpland    (0.65, 0.65, 0.65, 1.00)
  colorRock      (0.60, 0.60, 0.60, 1.00)
  colorSnow      (1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00)
}

Blue ice

Palette {
  Class          "IceWorld"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.30, 0.25, 0.22, 0.00)
  colorShelf     (0.37, 0.31, 0.28, 0.00)
  colorBeach     (0.65, 0.86, 0.88, 0.20)
  colorDesert    (0.59, 0.76, 0.80, 0.50)
  colorLowland   (0.93, 0.95, 0.95, 0.80)
  colorUpland    (0.90, 0.98, 0.98, 1.00)
  colorRock      (0.60, 0.60, 0.60, 1.00)
  colorSnow      (1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00)
}

Purple colors

Palette {
  Class          "IceWorld"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.30, 0.25, 0.22, 0.00)
  colorShelf     (0.37, 0.31, 0.28, 0.00)
  colorBeach     (0.82, 0.77, 0.81, 0.20)
  colorDesert    (0.64, 0.52, 0.56, 0.50)
  colorLowland   (0.53, 0.41, 0.44, 0.80)
  colorUpland    (0.56, 0.41, 0.45, 1.00)
  colorRock      (0.60, 0.60, 0.60, 1.00)
  colorSnow      (1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00)
}

Orange impurities

Palette {
  Class          "IceWorld"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.30, 0.25, 0.22, 0.00)
  colorShelf     (0.37, 0.31, 0.28, 0.00)
  colorBeach     (0.98, 0.98, 0.96, 1.00)
  colorDesert    (0.73, 0.35, 0.14, 0.50)
  colorLowland   (0.82, 0.37, 0.17, 0.80)
  colorUpland    (0.98, 0.98, 0.96, 1.00)
  colorRock      (0.60, 0.60, 0.60, 1.00)
  colorSnow      (1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00)
}

Pardo

Palette {
  Class          "IceWorld"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.30, 0.25, 0.22, 0.00)
  colorShelf     (0.37, 0.31, 0.28, 0.00)
  colorBeach     (0.78, 0.75, 0.64, 1.00)
  colorDesert    (0.51, 0.44, 0.34, 0.50)
  colorLowland   (0.63, 0.58, 0.45, 0.80)
  colorUpland    (0.91, 0.90, 0.75, 1.00)
  colorRock      (0.39, 0.39, 0.23, 1.00)
  colorSnow      (1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00)
}

Ganymede 2

Palette {
  Class          "IceWorld"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.30, 0.25, 0.22, 0.00)
  colorShelf     (0.37, 0.31, 0.28, 0.00)
  colorBeach     (0.77, 0.70, 0.64, 1.00)
  colorDesert    (0.82, 0.75, 0.69, 0.50)
  colorLowland   (0.73, 0.70, 0.64, 0.80)
  colorUpland    (0.69, 0.65, 0.61, 1.00)
  colorRock      (0.53, 0.43, 0.37, 1.00)
  colorSnow      (1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00)
}

Brown-grey colors

Palette {
  Class          "IceWorld"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.30, 0.25, 0.22, 0.00)
  colorShelf     (0.37, 0.31, 0.28, 0.00)
  colorBeach     (0.60, 0.56, 0.54, 1.00)
  colorDesert    (0.49, 0.36, 0.25, 0.50)
  colorLowland   (0.75, 0.69, 0.66, 0.80)
  colorUpland    (0.76, 0.74, 0.70, 1.00)
  colorRock      (0.25, 0.21, 0.15, 1.00)
  colorSnow      (1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00)
}

Blue-grey

Palette {
  Class          "GasGiant"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.28, 0.26, 0.25, 1.00)
  colorShelf     (0.30, 0.28, 0.27, 1.00)
  colorBeach     (0.01, 0.01, 0.03, 1.00)
  colorDesert    (0.22, 0.30, 0.41, 1.00)
  colorLowland   (0.69, 0.61, 0.53, 1.00)
  colorUpland    (0.30, 0.29, 0.27, 1.00)
  colorRock      (0.41, 0.37, 0.36, 1.00)
  colorSnow      (0.61, 0.59, 0.70, 1.00)
}

Light colour

Palette {
  Class          "GasGiant"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.28, 0.26, 0.25, 1.00)
  colorShelf     (0.30, 0.28, 0.27, 1.00)
  colorBeach     (0.79, 0.75, 0.72, 1.00)
  colorDesert    (0.75, 0.73, 0.72, 1.00)
  colorLowland   (0.68, 0.67, 0.64, 1.00)
  colorUpland    (0.57, 0.59, 0.60, 1.00)
  colorRock      (0.55, 0.55, 0.56, 1.00)
  colorSnow      (0.69, 0.66, 0.62, 1.00)
}

Red-brown-grey colors

Palette {
  Class          "GasGiant"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.28, 0.26, 0.25, 1.00)
  colorShelf     (0.30, 0.28, 0.27, 1.00)
  colorBeach     (0.08, 0.04, 0.04, 1.00)
  colorDesert    (0.90, 0.42, 0.25, 1.00)
  colorLowland   (0.62, 0.11, 0.10, 1.00)
  colorUpland    (0.90, 0.42, 0.25, 1.00)
  colorRock      (0.34, 0.16, 0.09, 1.00)
  colorSnow      (0.69, 0.66, 0.62, 1.00)
}

Red-black-grey colors

Palette {
  Class          "GasGiant"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.28, 0.26, 0.25, 1.00)
  colorShelf     (0.30, 0.28, 0.27, 1.00)
  colorBeach     (0.08, 0.04, 0.04, 1.00)
  colorDesert    (0.08, 0.04, 0.04, 1.00)
  colorLowland   (0.62, 0.11, 0.10, 1.00)
  colorUpland    (0.08, 0.04, 0.04, 1.00)
  colorRock      (0.34, 0.16, 0.09, 1.00)
  colorSnow      (0.69, 0.66, 0.62, 1.00)
}

Light brown colors

Palette {
  Class          "GasGiant"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.84, 0.73, 0.57, 1.00)
  colorShelf     (0.85, 0.75, 0.60, 1.00)
  colorBeach     (0.34, 0.29, 0.20, 1.00)
  colorDesert    (0.46, 0.38, 0.27, 1.00)
  colorLowland   (0.56, 0.47, 0.32, 1.00)
  colorUpland    (0.58, 0.50, 0.36, 1.00)
  colorRock      (0.73, 0.63, 0.48, 1.00)
  colorSnow      (0.69, 0.66, 0.62, 1.00)
}

Grey colors

Palette {
  Class          "GasGiant"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.81, 0.81, 0.81, 1.00)
  colorShelf     (0.63, 0.65, 0.65, 1.00)
  colorBeach     (0.58, 0.56, 0.58, 1.00)
  colorDesert    (0.61, 0.61, 0.63, 1.00)
  colorLowland   (0.72, 0.72, 0.72, 1.00)
  colorUpland    (0.78, 0.78, 0.78, 1.00)
  colorRock      (0.54, 0.54, 0.56, 1.00)
  colorSnow      (0.69, 0.66, 0.62, 1.00)
}

Dark grey colors

Palette {
  Class          "GasGiant"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.30, 0.30, 0.30, 1.00)
  colorShelf     (0.30, 0.30, 0.30, 1.00)
  colorBeach     (0.25, 0.25, 0.25, 1.00)
  colorDesert    (0.25, 0.25, 0.25, 1.00)
  colorLowland   (0.30, 0.30, 0.30, 1.00)
  colorUpland    (0.80, 0.80, 0.80, 1.00)
  colorRock      (0.24, 0.24, 0.26, 1.00)
  colorSnow      (0.30, 0.30, 0.30, 1.00)
}

Dark grey with more white clouds

Palette {
  Class          "GasGiant"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.30, 0.30, 0.30, 1.00)
  colorShelf     (0.80, 0.80, 0.80, 1.00)
  colorBeach     (0.25, 0.25, 0.25, 1.00)
  colorDesert    (0.25, 0.25, 0.25, 1.00)
  colorLowland   (0.30, 0.30, 0.30, 1.00)
  colorUpland    (0.80, 0.80, 0.80, 1.00)
  colorRock      (0.24, 0.24, 0.26, 1.00)
  colorSnow      (0.30, 0.30, 0.30, 1.00)
}
Deserts:

Olivine mountains

Palette {
  Class          "Desert"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.69, 0.54, 0.42, 0.00)
  colorShelf     (0.64, 0.50, 0.37, 0.00)
  colorBeach     (0.86, 0.70, 0.50, 0.00)
  colorDesert    (0.75, 0.59, 0.42, 0.00)
  colorLowland   (0.63, 0.48, 0.35, 0.00)
  colorUpland    (0.38, 0.30, 0.20, 0.00)
  colorRock      (0.09, 0.12, 0.07, 0.00)
  colorSnow      (1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00)
}

Red desert

Palette {
  Class          "Desert"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.69, 0.54, 0.42, 0.00)
  colorShelf     (0.64, 0.50, 0.37, 0.00)
  colorBeach     (0.81, 0.45, 0.32, 0.00)
  colorDesert    (0.61, 0.31, 0.21, 0.00)
  colorLowland   (0.76, 0.45, 0.32, 0.00)
  colorUpland    (0.96, 0.57, 0.39, 0.00)
  colorRock      (0.42, 0.24, 0.16, 0.00)
  colorSnow      (1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00)
}

Cream and red dunes

Palette {
  Class          "Desert"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.69, 0.54, 0.42, 0.00)
  colorShelf     (0.64, 0.50, 0.37, 0.00)
  colorBeach     (0.80, 0.77, 0.51, 0.00)
  colorDesert    (0.88, 0.67, 0.48, 0.00)
  colorLowland   (0.80, 0.69, 0.49, 0.00)
  colorUpland    (0.99, 1.00, 0.75, 0.00)
  colorRock      (0.56, 0.50, 0.30, 0.00)
  colorSnow      (1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00)
}

Arid badlands

Palette {
  Class          "Desert"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.69, 0.54, 0.42, 0.00)
  colorShelf     (0.64, 0.50, 0.37, 0.00)
  colorBeach     (0.69, 0.46, 0.35, 0.00)
  colorDesert    (0.43, 0.24, 0.18, 0.00)
  colorLowland   (0.49, 0.38, 0.39, 0.00)
  colorUpland    (0.90, 0.51, 0.33, 0.00)
  colorRock      (0.37, 0.25, 0.27, 0.00)
  colorSnow      (1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00)
}

Red and yellow surface

Palette {
  Class          "Desert"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.69, 0.54, 0.42, 0.00)
  colorShelf     (0.64, 0.50, 0.37, 0.00)
  colorBeach     (0.51, 0.35, 0.27, 0.00)
  colorDesert    (0.74, 0.58, 0.36, 0.00)
  colorLowland   (0.65, 0.52, 0.27, 0.00)
  colorUpland    (0.67, 0.47, 0.32, 0.00)
  colorRock      (0.50, 0.34, 0.24, 0.00)
  colorSnow      (1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00)
}

Light turquesa desert

Palette {
  Class          "Desert"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.69, 0.54, 0.42, 0.00)
  colorShelf     (0.64, 0.50, 0.37, 0.00)
  colorBeach     (0.41, 0.67, 0.63, 0.00)
  colorDesert    (0.26, 0.31, 0.23, 0.00)
  colorLowland   (0.49, 0.63, 0.49, 0.00)
  colorUpland    (0.38, 0.59, 0.50, 0.00)
  colorRock      (0.36, 0.39, 0.33, 0.00)
  colorSnow      (1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00)
}

Contrast colors

Palette {
  Class          "Desert"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.69, 0.54, 0.42, 0.00)
  colorShelf     (0.64, 0.50, 0.37, 0.00)
  colorBeach     (0.51, 0.51, 0.49, 0.00)
  colorDesert    (0.19, 0.19, 0.22, 0.00)
  colorLowland   (0.55, 0.49, 0.46, 0.00)
  colorUpland    (0.49, 0.49, 0.47, 0.00)
  colorRock      (0.42, 0.41, 0.40, 0.00)
  colorSnow      (1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00)
}

Butano

Palette {
  Class          "Desert"
  StyleRange     (0.00, 0.00)
  colorSea       (0.69, 0.54, 0.42, 0.00)
  colorShelf     (0.64, 0.50, 0.37, 0.00)
  colorBeach     (0.92, 0.56, 0.26, 0.00)
  colorDesert    (0.85, 0.50, 0.24, 0.00)
  colorLowland   (0.71, 0.47, 0.29, 0.00)
  colorUpland    (0.55, 0.40, 0.33, 0.00)
  colorRock      (0.51, 0.43, 0.40, 0.00)
  colorSnow      (1.00, 1.00, 1.00, 1.00)
}
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    $\begingroup$ Good to see that, if we ruin our current planet, we can always generate a new one : ) $\endgroup$
    – Ideogram
    May 25, 2015 at 9:43
  • $\begingroup$ What the actual F? This is like everything and beyond for this topic. Impressed. I can't even right now. $\endgroup$ Nov 21, 2021 at 12:32

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