Certainly a new way of utilising Vue for you, I've tried similar methods myself and it's fun to "matte-paint" several images together than just try and get the whole thing right off the bat in Vue alone, also lets you get more practice out of the Photoshopping aspect of it too
My crit here, and this is something I hope everyone can read since I see it a lot, is the usage of cloud-brushes or photo's that have been turned to black and white and set to "screen"...I'm assuming you used a brush here, when doing so, it's a good way to fill your sky with relaistic clouds, but that alone causes them to lack "volume" in the shadowed areas that like here - appear clear when they should be grey.
I found a way to combat this - stamp your cloud in white on a new layer, duplicate that layer about 4 times until you get a solid-white silhouette of the clouds, then merge all but one together and with the "heavy" merged cloud layer, darken it to near-black and put it under the original once-clicked white cloud layer, this will create a cloud with more body to it and nice shadowed areas visible too, a weird outline in black will appear around it, so before merging what should be just two layers by now - erase the edges of the black cloud underneath and you'll know when it looks good naturally Then it's a matter of merging the two and placing the finished cloud where you want.
It takes a bit longer this way, but makes a great difference, then it's just some minor painting and other things to get it to your liking. I could even post a quick demo in my scraps if you want (not so much a tutorial, just a "with" and "without" that method scene)
Anyway, asides from the parially clear-looking clouds, this is fantastic!
nice, could use a little more definition in the background (just a bit) and some manual repainting over the jaggy polygons of the trees in the foreground, but its still great. i like the planet blending in the background. i need to get that effect under my belt ><
It's surely not one of my best scenes, but I think it's good, because I learned a lot during the making. Planet blending is pretty easy. Just like priteeboy explained. Only thing, I would always prefer masking out and not erasing anything.
Blending a planet you made yourself into the sky of a photo or 3D render is suprisingly easy Just create your planet as you would if you were to put it in a normal space-scene, then once happy, set the planet layer blending mode (and any other layers having to do with it, like if it has an atmosphere or rings etc) to "screen"...what this does is that setting to screen will only show the areas of that layer that are lighter than the background...like what the daytime sky does when the moon is out at day, only the bright parts are visible, the dark areas seem to dissapear into the sky colour
Then your'e pretty much set! just be sure to mask out or erase any part of the planet that would be hidden behind clouds or other parts of the landscape