Here's a tutorial for creating a 3D Sun in After Effects using Video Copilot's excellent free Orb plugin. The video starts builds on an earlier Andrew Kramer tutorial for creating a solar surface, but then applies the textures to VC Orb and adds a corona or halo and uses particles and another Video Copilot plugin Saber (also free) to add solar flares.
(I uploaded this video a little while ago, so apologies if you've seen it already, but I realised I hadn't blogged about it.)
Here’s the last in my solar system tutorial series. This video uses After Effects CC and Cinema4D Lite to create both Pluto and its moon Charon, then use a Loft object and circular splines to create a shared atmosphere linking the two bodies.
In this tutorial, I'm tackling a different way to create a Gas Giant. Instead of creating a texture map and applying it to sphere, I'm going to use Cinema4D Lite to create a visible light that looks almost solid.
I will be using Video Copilot's free Orb plugin as well to create the edge atmosphere and the planet's shadow.
Here's the next part of the Makin' Planets tutorial series, this video looks at how to use After Effects and Video Copilot's free Orb plugin to create the planet, then use CC Particle World to add a ring. There's a slight problem with CC Particle World though, it doesn't allow for things to sit inside it, so the tutorial will use Expressions to create two rings and join them up.