Blender Guru Earth in Cycles

  • June 11, 2012
  • 1 Like
  • Blender 2.6x
  • Render: Cycles
  • Creator: gavinhoward
  • License: CC-BY
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This is Earth with Blender Cycles materials. In fact, it is a conversion of Blender Guru's famous "Realistic Earth" tutorial to Cycles. Everything from the tutorial is there, including the atmosphere, the night lights/color map switch, etc. All textures are packed in the blend file. All of them are free for use (from NASA). One texture, clouds, was modified to give it alpha values (which made the conversion to Cycles easier). All textures were resized to be smaller.

The color ramp needs to be slightly adjusted to make the night lights appear at the correct time.

There is 250 frames of animation. The Earth spins 15 degrees. It spins correctly (opposite the Blender Guru tutorial).

The compositor has a glow effect in place, as well as adding an image in the background. Previously, the background image was applied as a texture to the world material. Also, the number of samples is set low (20), so you may want to set it higher.

If you have any suggestions, let me know, and I will make corrections to this blend.


  • irokrhus profile picture

    could you send me a link to this tutorial, thx

    Written June 11, 2012
  • gavinhoward profile picture

    Irokrhus, This is the link:

    Now, remember that the tutorial is for Blender Internal. That's why I submitted this blend.

    Edited June 11, 2012
  • dansafee profile picture

    Does this blend file have the right compositor effects like the glow and such? It doesn't appear to have it...

    Edited June 12, 2012
  • gavinhoward profile picture

    No, it doesn't have them. I will add them as soon as I can (probably tonight or early tomorrow).

    Written June 13, 2012
  • gavinhoward profile picture

    Now it has them. Well, just the glow effect. I also edited the blend to put the background image in the compositor and not as a texture on the world nodes.

    Written June 13, 2012
  • Faust profile picture

    Trying to unzip it gives me an error first time I downloaded it (also the file was 2 Mb to big). Anyway I downloaded it again

    Now when render it, all i get is a big blue marble with milky-way background.

    I'll try to fix it. I don't know weather it is related to my blender version or not, all the textures show up in the materials tab.

    Written July 22, 2012
  • Faust profile picture

    with build r49015 with build r46461

    very curious

    Written July 22, 2012
  • Faust profile picture

    Sorry I am a noob in cycles. Unpack to file did the trick

    Written July 24, 2012
  • gavinhoward profile picture

    Faust, Sorry I haven't gotten back to you in a long time. Thanks for sticking with it. Actually, when I was rigging someone else's P-51 Mustang, I had the same problem, so you actually helped me. Thanks! God Bless,

    Edited August 08, 2012
  • shampe profile picture

    ya cheque el link

    Written November 29, 2012
  • tk1214 profile picture

    Hi, I just found this cycles version of earth right now and I am wondering how to do the day/night switch... as you said in the description, it's there - but somehow the lights seem to shine on the day side as well. How do I achieve the the switching from one to another?

    Written December 10, 2013
  • gavinhoward profile picture

    tk1214, If you look at the original Blender Guru tutorial (, he explains how it works. I used a Color Ramp, just like he did. The lights do tend to shine on the day side, but that's only in the transition to dark. I tried to eliminate it at much as possible. You can tweak the Color Ramp node in the material for the Ground object.

    Written April 02, 2014
  • josh4406 profile picture

    Hey can you provide me with a tutorial on how to make the earth animate using the original blender render engine?

    Written April 02, 2014
  • gavinhoward profile picture

    josh4406, Use the original Blender Guru tutorial at God Bless,

    Written April 02, 2014
  • MrJedijunkie profile picture

    Thanks Blender Guru, I hope this will work in my scene if I can get it to work for me.

    Written May 05, 2014
  • mitchiemoreland profile picture

    I'd like to inquire if this model is or isn't copyrighted. Thanks.

    Written October 19, 2015
  • lowrider17 profile picture

    cool stuff man thanks

    Written September 06, 2017